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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
“Volvo's $695 blind-spot monitor,” which “acts as a nanny for the driver”
“Integrated rear booster seats are optional on both models”
“safety features include ABS, traction control, antiskid system, curtain side airbags, and front side airbags”
Volvo is a brand renowned for its safety prowess, so it’s not surprising that the V70 and XC70 come packed with a bevy of safety features fitted as standard. The list includes anti-lock disc brakes, stability control, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, and anti-whiplash front head restraints. Integrated rear booster seats are standard on the V70 but remain an option on the XC70, as are a blind-spot monitor and a recently introduced Technology package, which adds adaptive cruise control, collision warning with "Auto Brake" (which reduces brake reaction time by priming the pads up against the discs), a driver fatigue warning system, and lane-departure warning. Hill Descent Control also helps with slick, steep downhill slopes.
There's no data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) since neither have tested the V70 and XC70, but several reviewers feel confident that they would do well. “Safety and Volvo go together hand-in-hand,” points out Cars.com, and “because cars from other manufacturers score just as highly in crash tests, Volvo has to do even more now.”
TheCarConnection.com notes that the IIHS has tested the Volvo S80 sedan, which is closely related to the V70, and rated it "good" in all tests, also designating it a Top Safety Pick for 2010.
Edmunds points out that a Collision Avoidance package is available for $1,695. This feature “monitors following distance and alerts the driver and primes the brakes for action if the car gets too close.” Cars.com lists some of the optional features, such as “Volvo's $695 blind-spot monitor,” which “acts as a nanny for the driver,” and the “built-in booster seats for a pretty decent price of $495.” Incidentally, as Motor Trend points out, “the side-curtain airbags now extend 2.4 inches lower down the door to better protect kids” in the event of a side impact, effectively working in concert with those booster seats.
Volvo didn’t invent the station wagon, but with the 2010 V70 and XC70, Volvo is at the top of the segment when it comes to safety.