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FEATURES | 8 out of 10
“adding options makes it pricey”
“key options available only in expensive packages”
“comes in one trim level”
“a high content vehicle”
Kelley Blue Book
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.
The 2009 Volvo V70 is a lot of car for a reasonable price, but the side items will cost you.