A la carte, the 2008 Volvo V70 is a lot of car for a reasonable price. But the side items will cost you.
One of the many standard features on the V70, the 40/20/40 split rear bench seat with integrated child booster seats is “a boon for parents who’d rather not lug child seats from car to car,” says Edmunds. Similarly, the standard dual-zone automatic climate control is a boon for husbands and wives who have very different ideas of what “comfortable” is. Those unexpected bits and pieces, plus an eight-speaker stereo with six-CD changer and an auxiliary audio jack (for that Raffi burned on your iPod), round out a comprehensive roster of standard features in what Kelley Blue Book calls a “high content vehicle.”
“The Four key equipment groups,” says Kelley Blue Book, “highlight the V70's extras list.” Those include a Premium Package (leather upholstery, a sunroof, a power passenger seat, real wood trim, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass), Climate Package (heated front seats, heated headlamp washers, and rain-sensing wipers), Convenience Package (front and rear Park Assist, a power tailgate, roof rails, and interior air quality sensors), and Collision Avoidance Package (Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Warning System with Auto Brake), as well as multiple stand-alone options. Of those stand-alone options, perhaps the most notable are active bi-xenon headlamps and a DVD navigation system with pop-up screen.
“Even when loaded up with all four option packages, the navigation system and rear-seat DVD entertainment setup, the V70 3.2 will still slide in under the $45,000 mark,” says Kelley Blue Book. And while the V70 may lack the driving verve of competitors such as the Subaru Outback 2.5XT, Saab 9-5 SportCombi, or BMW 535xi, it dramatically trumps the last two in price, and the first in luxury and amenities, again underscoring a solid value.