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FEATURES | 8 out of 10
“long list of standard and optional features”
Kelley Blue Book
“Be careful with options list however, as a few quick checks can swell the XC70's sticker to more than $50,000.”
“flat folding second-row seats and handy under-floor storage”
“I certainly didn't hear that much money in the so-so output from the speakers.”
At an entry point of around $36,000, the 2008 Volvo XC70 represents an impressive value when judged next to its crossover and SUV competitors. But a few options quickly swell the price.
Even in base form, the all-wheel-drive XC70 is well equipped, with features such as Dynamic Stability and Traction Control, Hill Descent Control (“keeps the vehicle at approximately six miles per hour when descending steep grades,” notes Kelley Blue Book), front and rear skid plates, heated side mirrors, dual-zone electronic climate control, and eight-way power driver’s seat. Think of the XC70 as a luxury wagon wearing hiking garb and riding on 8.3-inch stilts. Of the standard Hill Descent Control, Car and Driver reports that this is a feature seen in the XC70 “for the first time.”
Kelley Blue Book remarks that many of the XC70’s options, “including the Blind Spot Information System and Adaptive Cruise Control, [make] driving easier.” They also rave “stowing groceries has never been easier thanks to the power tailgate, which opens and closes via a push-button key fob.” But Autoblog comments that one safety measure that drove them “bonkers during our time with the XC70 was the parking assist system. Each time we started the wagon, the system defaulted to the On position, and it beeped loudly whenever we were within about four feet of a surrounding vehicle.” And Cars.com discloses that, in order to get the leather seats and real wood inlays so well loved by reviewers, one “must add a $2,995 Premium Package.” Audiophiles can spend $1,650 for a Dynaudio/Sirius Premium Sound System. And Motor Trend feels the “costly rear-seat DVD system” might help “quell rear-seat whining.”
The fewer toys, the greater the value presented by the well-equipped 2008 Volvo XC70. But those leather seats and wood trim sure are nice.