The 2009 Volvo V70 is very well equipped even in base form. The addition of a few more standard items for the 2009 model include Bluetooth hands-free phone interface and fog lights. 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. However, TheCarConnection.com editors point out, the V70 can get surprisingly pricey when well optioned.
A new Technology Package is now available and includes active bi-xenon gas discharge headlamps with washers, Sirius Satellite Radio, a Dynaudio Premium Sound System, and rear seat headphone jacks and audio controls. Most major options are arranged in packages: Technology, Premium, Collision Avoidance, Convenience, and Climate. “Even when loaded up with option packages, the V70 3.2 will still slide in under the $45,000 mark,” says Kelley Blue Book.
Edmunds declares that 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.” 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.”
Of the stand-alone options, perhaps the most notable are active bi-xenon headlamps and a DVD navigation system with pop-up screen.