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STYLING | 8 out of 10
“an all-new car that looks just like its predecessor”
Car and Driver
“one of the most elegant and comfortable cabins ever to grace a Volvo vehicle”
Kelley Blue Book
“Suburban parents are the Volvo XC70's prime target.”
“a huge leap forward in refinement and ergonomics”
“less chunky and cheap in its updated form”
The 2008 Volvo XC70 earns mild kudos from reviewers around the Web for its styling, inside and out, though the exterior is less exciting to some.
“Clearly, the Swedish purveyor of sensible sedans and wagons is afraid of alienating its clientele,” says Car and Driver in a statement that could either be taken as outright contempt or faint praise. Whether or not you cotton to soccer moms, swim meets, farmer’s market produce, and “College of William and Mary window stickers” (thanks, Jalopnik), you have to respect the staying power of the Volvo Wagon. “One company that has steadfastly continued the tradition,” continues Car and Driver, “even when wagons weren't fashionable, is Volvo.” So while the XC70’s styling won’t sets hearts aflutter, it follows in a long line of proven Volvo Wagon DNA, albeit in a somewhat higher-testosterone version when compared to the V70 Wagon upon which it is based. The changes from the previous XC70 are evolutionary, but reviewers seemed to appreciate the more subtle integration of this new XC70’s macho bits and pieces; “gone is the tacked-on side cladding, replaced by a more streamlined treatment covering the molded bumpers and lower door panels,” comments Kelley Blue Book. “Certainly more interesting to look at than past versions,” says Cars.com.
The interior, a close copy of the S80 sedan upon whose platform the XC70 is based, is highly praised for its elegance, luxurious simplicity, and clean lines. Says Kelley Blue Book: “the clean and simple dash design puts controls within easy reach of both driver and passenger, while Volvo’s new signature open-back center console adds a touch of style not usually associated with the family wagon.” Cars.com coos, “the materials are exceptionally pleasing to the touch…elegantly simple dashboard with a nicely grained finish.” Autoblog praises Volvo’s signature, ultra-modern “suspended center console…with high quality buttons and knobs that are easy to find.”
The 2008 Volvo XC70 looks tougher than the average wagon, and it’s intentionally so.