The Volvo XC70 wagon, along with the XC60 and XC90, falls into Volvo's contemporary Cross Country collection. The car features SUV-inspired design elements and all-wheel drive, but it's meant more for everyday city driving than for off-road adventure; it has relatively unimpressive pickup. Elements added with city driving in mind include Pedestrian Detection, Hill Descent Control, Park Assist, and other safety features. An MP3 player, Bluetooth compatibility, and other high-tech options help make the XC70 a top-choice luxury vehicle.
The XC70 is assembled at Volvo plants in Torslanda, Sweden, as well as Ghent, Belgium, and Halifax, Nova Scotia. The vehicle is designed to have an estimated fuel economy of 21 mpg for combined city/highway driving. The car is available with a variety of 2.0-liter through 2.5-liter engines, horsepower varies from 138 to 190, and the towing capacity is marked as 3300 pounds. Comprehensive five-year warranties plus five years of roadside assistance are standard.
The Volvo XC70 is grouped into three generations. The first evolved from the Volvo 850 station wagon and was given a more rounded body to reflect 1990s sensibilities. These cars were produced with optional spoilers, child safety seats, red wood steering wheels, and leather interiors. The first generation, which lasted from 1997-2000, was replaced with the second generation of 2001-2007. The second group is distinguished by a curvier profile and a modified grille. The third and current generation has additional luxuries such as more passenger legroom and a motorized tailgate.
Volvo XC70 trims available in North America today include the 3.2 FWD, the 3.2 AWD, and the T6 AWD. Each model features innovative and safety features ranging from steel doors to side airbags and an inflatable curtain, and they can all be relied upon even in inclement weather. At the same time, the XC70 has attractive curved lines that give it timeless visual appeal. It's especially popular with chrome rims and a classic black or metallic finish. Luxury options include dual-zone climate control, a navigation system, and DVD entertainment for backseat passengers.
The Volvo XC70 has quickly become a strong seller thanks to its SUV-inspired body, reliable everyday performance, and spacious interior. Like all Volvos, it's also renowned for its safety features: daytime running lights, an anti-whiplash system, adaptive cruise control, and more. It is little surprise the Volvo XC70 has been dubbed The Best Cross Over", "The Best All-Wheel Drive Wagon", and "The Best Colorado Lifestyle SUV of the Rockies".
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