2016 volvo xc70 Model Overview
New for 2016
18-inch alloy wheels and heated front seats are now standard on the 2016 Volvo XC70. The 300-hp turbo I-6 has been discontinued while the 3.2 AWD trim has been replaced by the T5 AWD variant.
Essentially a raised wagon, the 2016 Volvo XC70 is a two-row crossover available in front- and all-wheel-drive configurations. A replacement, rumored to be called the V90, will be revealed sometime in late 2015 and early 2016 alongside the successor to the S80 midsize luxury sedan, which is the car that the XC70 is based on.
Front drive XC70s are powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 rated at 240 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque while all-wheel-drive-equipped variants utilize a 2.5-liter turbocharged I-5 with 250 hp and 266 lb-ft. An eight-speed automatic is the only gearbox available on front-drive XC70s while all-wheel-drive models are equipped with a six-speed unit. Fuel economy is class competitive, with front drive models achieving up to 23/31 mpg city/highway. Opting for the all-wheel-drive XC70 drops those numbers down to 19/26 mpg.
Since it’s technically a midsize wagon with extra ground clearance, the 2016 XC70 possesses excellent cargo space with up to 33.3 cubic feet behind the second row and 72.1 cubic feet with the 40/20/40 split folding rear seats down. Passenger space is generous for four adults, making the XC70 an ideal family vehicle. A folding front passenger seat is also available as part of the Convenience package in base models and as standard in the Platinum trim.
In addition to the standard dual front, front-side, and side curtain airbags for both rows of seating, the 2016 XC70 comes standard with City Safety, Volvo’s automatic emergency braking system that detects obstacles in front of the car and applies the brakes when the driver fails to react. Standard on the Platinum trim and available on base models as part of the Technology package are adaptive cruise control with queue assist and distance alert, lane departure warning, and an upgraded City Safety system that now detects and brakes for pedestrians and cyclists. Blind spot warning is a standalone option on all trim levels.
Trims, Packages, and What’s Standard
Standard equipment on the base XC70 include power front seats with driver’s side memory, 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats, 18-inch alloy wheels, a seven-inch screen for the infotainment system, LED daytime running lights, Bluetooth connectivity, leatherette upholstery, hill descent control for all-wheel drive models, and heated front seats. Stepping up to the Premier trim adds navigation, wood interior accents, an active digital display, leather upholstery, and a power glass moonroof. The range-topping Platinum trim adds active HID headlights, keyless entry and start, rearview camera, a Harman/Kardon premium audio system, a power tailgate, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control with queue assist and distance alert, and the upgraded City Safety system with pedestrian and cyclist detection.
The Volvo XC70 is essentially a raised version of the third-generation V70 midsize wagon that was sold in the United States between 2007 and 2011.
- Spacious interior for passengers and cargo
- Front-drive models are fuel efficient
- Available with plenty of safety features
You Won’t Like:
- Long overdue for a replacement
- New turbo-four isn’t available with all-wheel drive