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Volvo’s estate V70 has been a subject of criticism for lacking modern refinement in the cabin trimming. However, no one dare complain about the car’s solidity and matchless safety equipment. For the 2016, the manufacturer considered the remarks and updated the model’s design. What has really changed? Volvo V70 review lifts the veil on a recent upgrade.
At the first sight, Volvo V70 resonates with a painfully familiar profile: a long hood, a near-vertical tail and sweptback A-Pillars. Exterior composure is preserved with the R-Design chassis which received new dampers & springs, an upgraded self-leveling system, a bit lower riding height (20/15 mm front/rear), muscular sides, a conspicuous grille with chrome-plated surrounds, a large badge in the front, and more round taillights. In fact, there are no glaring details in the body style which are so popular with spoon-fed customers.
Classical Interior + Modern Technology
The cabin of the estate car speaks Swedish automotive traditions. The dashboard preserved its initial design, taken from the S80 saloon. The trimming looks conservative but reliable. The key strong points of the V70 are the seats and materials. Both seating rows offer sufficient space for the occupants; the rear seats come standard with a split-folding mechanism that allows enlarging the boot space.
The trunk itself is packed with useful & convenient fixtures: aluminum rails for a better luggage fixture, hooks & straps, a protection grille, and an underfloor tray. Interior storage is introduced by multiple cubbyholes, including cup-holders integrated within the rear armrest.
To continue, new Volvo V70 boasts the implementation of a modern technology package. The list of standard facilities entails an 8-speaker sound system, climate & cruise control, a trip computer, an adjustable power driver’s seat, Bluetooth, a lockable load floor, and a forward-folding front passenger seat.
Higher modifications (SE, SE Lux) come with leather and wood trimming, chrome accents, a rear parking sensor, Sensus infotainment system that supports audio streaming and smartphone connectivity, bi-xenon lights, a power front passenger seat, and a power tailgate. Optionally, it’s possible to add the 4C active suspension, a navigation system, driver’s memory settings, and an upgraded lighting (daytime running lights, front fog lamps).
Engines & Performance
Following the recent tendencies, Volvo designers have endowed the V70 2016 with a range of diesel engines. Naturally, the inventory of powertrains features petrol motors as well. Let’s review Volvo V70 from this perspective.
Therefore, the series of petrol units includes: an entry-level T4 (178 hp) with a 6-speed manual transmission in a bundle, a 2.0-liter T5 (240 hp), a 2.0-liter T6 (300 hp).
Nonetheless, Volvo tries to comply with all-new ecological & efficiency standards, equipping the V70 with thrifty and environmentally friendly diesel engines. The series consists of a 1.6-liter D2 turbodiesel (113 hp, 270 nm of torque), a 2.0-liter D3 (134 hp), a 2.0-liter D4 (161 hp), a 2.4-liter D5 5-cylinder (212 hp). The latter accelerates to 60 mph for 8.9 seconds.
Rewarded Safety Facilities
Safety is obviously the strongest point of the V70 wagon. The vehicle preserves front-drive layout and employs premium-quality front McPherson struts & rear multi-link suspension. The chassis is distinguished by stiffness (high-strength steel is used) which is called to improve crash as well as side impact behavior.
Focused attention to the details allowed the model to gain 5 stars in Euro NCAP crash testing. A set of advanced technologies has added to this 100% safety grade: (standard) front passengers, side & curtain airbags, traction & stability control, ABS, whiplash protection, Isofix child fixtures, and automatic braking system. Higher trim estate versions come equipped (optionally) with collision mitigation system (Collision Warning with Brake Assist), dual-position booster seats, pedestrian detection technology, etc.
Volvo V70 comes in competition with BMW 5 Series Touring & Skoda Superb Estate models. They are thought to have a more expressive design and more boot space, although they can’t fight the V70 in safety terms.
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