With their XC70, Volvo have succeeded in creating a winning balance between sedan car comfort and the robustness and power of a crossover SUV that has been equally well received by auto reviewer and the public as one.Taking pride of place in the XC70 cabin is Volvo's now trademark ultra- slim floating center stack finished in a tasteful brushed metal finish.
Either the 3.2 engined or the T6 and T6 R come in a possible equation of three trim packages starting from the Premier (available on the 3.2 engined versions only) moving on to the Premier Plus and reaching the ultimate Platinum level.
Standard features on the XC70 3.2 include roof rails, heated mirrors, super durable fabric upholstery, a tilting and telescoping steering wheel, matching leather wrapped steering wheel and gear shifter, cruise control, climate control, CD player, HD radio, eight speaker sound system, Bluetooth, phone and audio connectivity and seventeen inch wheels with 235/65R H all season tires.
Those whose budget stretches to the Premier Plus will be rewarded with such extras as an eight way power adjustable passenger seat, leather upholstery, panoramic sunroof, parking sensors and an attractive trim matched cargo cover. Moving up to the Platinum trim will mean that the XC 60 arrives with a 12-speaker audio system, rearview camera, and eighteen inch alloy wheels with 255/45R18 all season tires.
For those whose finances have no limits Volvo have another two packages up their sleeves, the Climate and the Technology, which will take the Volvo XC70 Crossover SUV to entirely new stratospheres in terms of interior finish.
As you would expect, safety features abound on the Volvo XC70 starting from front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags and whiplash-reducing front seats, stability control, Volvo's City Safety feature that will, without driver intervention, cause the vehicle to apply its brakes to prevent a collision.
Fuel consumption for the Volvo XC70 3.2 liter 6 cylinder engine, according to the US EPA, averages at 22 miles per gallon, with 19 miles per gallon in the city and 25 miles per gallon on the open road, while the 3.0 liter turbo-charged six cylinder burns up an average of 20 miles per gallon with 17 miles per gallon in the city and 23 miles per gallon on the highway being reported in most reviews.
The Volvo XC70 Crossover comes up against some very strong competition in the luxury medium sized SUV niche with the Audi Q5, Ford Flex, Subaru Outback, Buick Enclave, Nissan Murano, Mazda CX-9 and Mercedes-Benz's GLK350 fighting for every customer.