With furniture gallery comfort, Bang & Olufsen design cues, and an entry price undercutting nearly all of its competitors, this might just be the 2008 Volvo V70’s most competitive arena.
Speaking of the V70’s baked-in goodness, Car and Driver asserts that the V70 “only comes across as a wallflower because it takes a while for its charm to sneak up on you.” And there’s a lot of goodness for a car loaded with standard equipment at an MSRP of just above $33,000. Edmunds raves that the “V70’s seats are excellent, achieving a blend of body-soothing comfort and body-holding support.” They also like the rear seat comfort, as well as its 40/20/20 split-folding seatback and available height-adjustable integrated child booster seats. ConsumerGuide weighs in on the interior ambiance, finding that “cabin materials are padded and/or nicely grained where it matters most,” and that “assembly quality is first rate.” They also like the standard vinyl/cloth seat material that feel “durable and expensive,” but complain that the “gray of our test car appeared solemnly bland.”
So the V70 succeeds as an affordable and surprisingly luxurious chariot. But where wagons matter is where the V70 really shines: out back, where 71 cubic feet of cargo space suddenly make the heft and height of an SUV seem superfluous. ConsumerGuide praises the “large, boxy, nicely finished cargo area” that “features flat folding second-row seats and handy under floor storage.” Road & Track also likes the “sliding load floor, a storage compartment under the load floor and an optional power tailgate.”
Car and Driver feels “the quiet comfort that the [2008 Volvo] V70 provides…makes you feel better after a long day”--especially when you consider the blue-plate-special base price.