The 2010 Volvo V70 and XC70 combine the brand’s reputation for safety and quaint Swedish flair in a conventional station wagon body. With extra body cladding and skid plates, the XC70 goes a step further by offering the ruggedness of an SUV with the practicality and dynamics of a station wagon, providing buyers with an alternative to regular mid-size SUVs; compared to the XC70, the 2010 Volvo V70 looks (and is) a little lower, but the differences are quite minor.
The 2010 Volvo V70 and XC70 won’t win any awards for styling, but they're hardly unpleasant. Inside, particularly, these Volvos will surprise some shoppers with a stylish 'floating' center stack design inside, and seating is spacious, with the front seats among the best in any mid-size or large sedan. Ride quality is especially good if you get the automatic damping control, which firms up the suspension quickly when needed, and interior space is perhaps better than many SUVs, with a large, flat floor and low loading height.
Especially with the base engine, a 235-hp, 3.2-liter in-line six, the V70 has adequate, if not sluggish, performance combines with mediocre fuel economy. Last year Volvo added a new T6 AWD model to the XC70 lineup in an effort to boost its sporting credentials. Still Volvo doesn't disappoint with safety and tech features; the V70 and XC70 come packed with a bevy of safety features fitted as standard, and a blind-spot monitor, adaptive cruise control, and collision warning with "Auto Brake" function are all on the options list.
For more information on the V70, visit the pages of our 2010 Volvo XC70 review, covering features in more detail as well as specs and more photos.