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STYLING | 8 out of 10
“the V70’s looks are underwhelmingly pleasant”
Car and Driver
“a more contemporary appearance”
Kelley Blue Book
“unmistakable Swedish style”
“simple, clutter-free dashboard”
“Gauges are large, clearly marked, and easy to read”
“inherent motion in the taut lines”
The 2008 Volvo V70 gets an 8 for styling not because it sets any new radical styling directions for the genre, but because it represents a clean, coherent, and highly functional take on the beloved and functional Volvo wagon.
“In lieu of lusty emotional appeal,” says Motor Trend about the 2008 Volvo V70, “these all-new wagons are imbued with more of everything the Volvo faithful appreciate.”
Car and Driver feels that the ’08 V70 is a “step backward” from the boldness of the last-generation vehicle, stating that “its character has been ironed out in the form of smoother, rounded sheetmetal.” It retains some modern Volvo wagon cues such as bumper-to-roof taillights, part of what Edmunds calls the vehicle’s “new, evolutionary exterior styling” that wraps a car slightly longer and wider than the one it replaces. Claiming that the “all-new sheetmetal imparts a more athletic flair, with bolder character lines that rise from its chiseled front fascia and carry through a power-bulged hood and onto prominent shoulder ridges,” it seems that Kelley Blue Book finds the new styling more daring than before.
The interior isn’t quite as polarizing, with near universal praise for its luxurious trimmings and clean, modern design. Calling it “a Swedish-modern motif,” Kelley Blue Book likes the V70's “legible analog gauges with supplemental driver-info readouts to Volvo's distinctive slim-line center stack with intuitively arrayed audio and climate controls.” Several of ConsumerGuide’s testers, however, find “the digital bar graph a poor substitute for a conventional fuel gauge.”
The 2008 Volvo V70 is more refined than the last version—in some opinions, too refined.