2008 Volvo V70 New Car Reviews

Better than: VW Passat wagon
But not as good as: Mazda 5
GRM Bang For The Buck Index: 76.14  

There are few constants in the automotive world, but thankfully Volvo's highly useful V70 is one of them. The 2008 model is full of new features and rides on an improved chassis, but its styling stays close to home. The Volvo isn't really about fashion, anyway.

This model has utility and comfort in spades. Even packed with five people and all of their baggage, the V70’s interior feels like a comfy recliner.

The Volvo is no track star, however. The suspension feels terrific around town, but you're sure to notice significant body roll on twisty bits of road. Similarly, the drivetrain is well suited to smooth and easy highway work, but it might come up short if you're trying to hustle.

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David S. Wallens Editorial Director:

No, it's not the second coming of the T5R, but the latest V70 is just a good, honest wagon. We used one while driving around Monterey during the historics, and the V70 was nearly perfect for the task: It's far from pokey; had lots of room for our gear; and sported a comfortable rear seat. Since I spent most of my time with the car in the back seat, that last trait made me happy.

This is one of those cars that makes a great people-moving appliance. Get in, turn the key, and drive around.


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Reader Comments:

chknhwk
chknhwk HalfDork
March 4, 2009 3:41 p.m.

Me likey them wheels! I wonder if they'll fit on my SHO. I can't find any information on the sizing of these...

Tom Heath
Tom Heath UberDork
Dec. 10, 2013 12:00 a.m.

There are few constants in the automotive world, but thankfully Volvo's highly useful V70 is one of them. The 2008 model is full of new features and rides on an improved chassis, but its styling stays close to home. The Volvo isn't really about fashion, anyway.

This model has utility and comfort in spades. Even packed with five people and all of their baggage, the V70’s interior feels like a comfy recliner.

The Volvo is no track star, however. The suspension feels terrific around town, but you're sure to notice significant body roll on twisty bits of road. Similarly, the drivetrain is well suited to smooth and easy highway work, but it might come up short if you're trying to hustle.

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2008 Volvo V70 Specs:

Drivetrain Layout:
Front-engine, front-wheel-drive
Engine:
3.2 liter Inline-6
Horsepower:
235 bhp at 6200 rpm
Torque:
236 lb.-ft at 3200 rpm
Transmission:
manumatic
Suspension:
MacPherson Strut front; multilink rear
Wheels:
16x7-in.
Tires:
225/50R16
Brakes:
12.9-in. disc (front)
11.4-in. disc (rear)
Weight:
3527 pounds
Price:
Base: $32465
As tested: $32465
MPG:
EPA City: 16
EPA Highway: 24

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