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The Volvo XC70 is a luxury wagon that's been a part of the Swedish automaker's lineup for decades. It has just two true rivals in the market: the Subaru Outback and the Audi Allroad. That's because it's not quite a crossover vehicle--it's more a station wagon with some light cladding and all-weather ability, and a little extra ground clearance. MORE: Read our 2015 Volvo XC70 review for car prices... Read More Below »
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The Volvo XC70 is a luxury wagon that's been a part of the Swedish automaker's lineup for decades. It has just two true rivals in the market: the Subaru Outback and the Audi Allroad. That's because it's not quite a crossover vehicle--it's more a station wagon with some light cladding and all-weather ability, and a little extra ground clearance.

MORE: Read our 2015 Volvo XC70 review for car prices with options, specifications, and gas mileage information

The XC70 dates back to the mid-1990s, when the Volvo 850 Wagon was replaced by a new V70--albeit with all but identical styling. For 2001, a completely redesigned V70 was released. It had smoother, less boxy, more flowing lines, and running gear mostly shared with the large S80 sedan.

For several years, there was also a 300-hp, all-wheel-drive version called the V70 R. The base engine for was at first the 168-hp, naturally aspirated in-line five-cylinder engine, in the 2.4 model; 2.4T models got a low-pressure turbocharged five making 197 hp, while the sporty T5 got a high-pressure turbo making 247 hp.

Between these models, ride quality varied quite a bit, with base models on the soft, almost bouncy side and T5 models providing a very firm calibration that favors handling but might not be to the liking of those who live in the Snow Belt. Among these, our favorites were the 2.4T models (or 208-hp 2.5T models, from 2004 on), which offered the best compromise.

From those roots, the XC70 was launched in 2008. The XC70 can now be ordered with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, with the former having taken the place of the last-generation V70. Both that departed V70 wagon and the XC70 crossover share running gear with Volvo's largest sedan, the S80. The engine is a 235-hp, 3.2-liter in-line six-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission--the same powertrain used in the larger XC90 seven-seat crossover, launched way back in 2002.

All XC70 (and V70) models, old and new, are cargo workhorses. Their split-folding back seats fold flat, and the cargo floor is much lower than you might expect from a crossover, making it easy to load. Front seats are excellent, although some owners may find the back seat a little more cramped for adults that the generous exterior might suggest. While the latest generation for 2008 and beyond loses a bit of performance against its predecessor, the ride and handling were vastly improved and far more premium content was added.

Other than various equipment changes and new wheels and trim, the XC70 has evolved little in recent years. The front-wheel-drive version of the XC70 replaced the V70 wagon for 2011. That same year, standard features were also bolstered for the whole lineup, meaning the base model now includes a power driver's seat, fog lamps, heated side mirrors, Bluetooth, and Sirius satellite radio.

For 2013 Volvo again added features, making headlight washers and rain-sensor wipers standard across the XC70 range, with Keyless Drive and the Personal Car Communicator (PCC) included in T6 models, and new Tunnel Detection added to the headlamps. A Road Sign Information system and Active High Beam were added to the Technology Package.

Major change came in 2015, when the front-wheel-drive XC70 got a new standard engine, a 240-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter engine producing 258 lb-ft of torque, mated to a new eight-speed automatic transmission. It is fitted with a start-stop system that switches off the engine when the car comes to rest. Its EPA Combined gas-mileage ratings rise to 24 mpg city, 31 mpg highway. All-wheel-drive models continued with the six-cylinder, however.

For more than a couple of years—until recently—the XC70 was the only wagon you could buy from Volvo; in 2015 that's changed with the introduction of a new V60 wagon.

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Style MSRP Invoice MPG City MPG Hwy
2015.5 AWD 4-Door Wagon 3.2L (3)
2015.5 AWD 4-Door Wagon 3.2L Specs $37,350 $35,109 18 25
Platinum Specs $45,200 $42,488 18 25
Premier Specs $40,750 $38,305 18 25
2015.5 AWD 4-Door Wagon PZEV 3.2L (3)
2015.5 AWD 4-Door Wagon PZEV 3.2L Specs $37,350 $35,109 18 25
Platinum Specs $45,200 $42,488 18 25
Premier Specs $40,750 $38,305 18 25
2015.5 AWD 4-Door Wagon T6 (2)
2015.5 AWD 4-Door Wagon T6 Specs $41,800 $39,292 17 24
Platinum Specs $46,900 $44,086 17 24
2015.5 FWD 4-Door Wagon T5 Drive-E (3)
2015.5 FWD 4-Door Wagon T5 Drive-E Specs $35,850 $33,699 24 31
Platinum Specs $43,700 $41,078 24 31
Premier Specs $39,250 $36,895 24 31
AWD 4-Door Wagon 3.2L (2)
AWD 4-Door Wagon 3.2L Specs $36,900 $34,686 18 25
Platinum Specs $44,350 $41,689 18 25
AWD 4-Door Wagon 3.2L Premier (2)
AWD 4-Door Wagon 3.2L Premier Specs $40,300 $37,882 18 25
Plus Specs $41,850 $39,339 18 25
AWD 4-Door Wagon PZEV 3.2L (2)
AWD 4-Door Wagon PZEV 3.2L Specs $36,900 $34,686 18 25
Platinum Specs $44,350 $41,689 18 25
AWD 4-Door Wagon PZEV 3.2L Premier (2)
AWD 4-Door Wagon PZEV 3.2L Premier Specs $40,300 $37,882 18 25
Plus Specs $41,850 $39,339 18 25
AWD 4-Door Wagon T6 (3)
AWD 4-Door Wagon T6 Specs $40,950 $38,493 17 24
Platinum Specs $45,650 $42,911 17 24
Premier Plus Specs $42,950 $40,373 17 24
FWD 4-Door Wagon T5 Drive-E (2)
FWD 4-Door Wagon T5 Drive-E Specs $35,400 $33,276 24 31
Platinum Specs $42,850 $40,279 24 31
FWD 4-Door Wagon T5 Drive-E Premier (2)
FWD 4-Door Wagon T5 Drive-E Premier Specs $38,800 $36,472 24 31
Plus Specs $40,350 $37,929 24 31
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