2008 Volvo XC70 vs. Its Competition

2008 Volvo XC70
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The 2008 Volvo XC70 is very similar in size to Subaru’s Outback, another wagon that adds ground clearance and enough off-road ability for deep snow or rutted trails.

Compared to the XC70, the Outback starts at a much more affordable price, and while its base 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine provides only modest performance, the Outback feels sportier than the XC70 with either the turbocharged or six-cylinder engine.

Other alternatives to the XC70 are mid-size crossover vehicles—those that pair the tall body of an SUV with the underpinnings of a car, such as the Lexus RX 350 and Acura MDX.

The RX 350 and MDX are both very refined with a smooth ride and good handling; the MDX feels a little sportier behind the wheel, while the RX 350 is the choice for those looking for high-tech features.

All of the vehicles mentioned have very good results in crash tests, with the MDX designated an IIHS Top Safety Pick for 2008.

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Quick Specs
The 2008 Volvo XC70 brings an extra dose of real off-road ruggedness to a wagon that’s comfortable and spacious but not all that sporty.
The 2009 Subaru Legacy Outback boasts more toughness than most wagons and is a good, practical alternative to tall, ungainly SUVs.
The 2008 Acura MDX has a little more passion than most larger SUVs, with no less practicality.
MSRP From  
Gas Mileage  
15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy
Gas I6Gas 4-CylGas V6
EPA Class  
4WD Sport Utility VehicleMid-Size Station WagonSport Utility Vehicle
Style Name  
4-Door Wagon4-Door H4 Manual4WD 4-Door
All Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive4 Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
Passenger Doors  
Body Style  
5dr Wagon4 Door Wagon4 Door
Automatic,ManualAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2008 Volvo XC70 vs. 2009 Subaru Outback2008 Volvo XC70 vs. 2008 Acura MDX