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Volvo V70 / XC70 Overview And Buying Tips
The Volvo V70 wagon is yet another safe and practical vehicle from the Swedish carmaker with a long and peerless reputation for the same. Marketed initially as the V70, it later morphed into the XC70.
Stylish, luxurious, versatile, a pleasure to drive, good on gas and super popular for many years, it eventually ran into a major problem and was discontinued following the 2016 model year. The problem was comparable and cheaper competition from the likes of the Subaru Outback or Volkswagen Golf SportWagen. Reliability ratings had also become an issue with the XC70 by then.
But even so, in today's (2022) very high priced used car market, older lower-mileage vehicles are getting very serious consideration, so older XC70s are getting a good hard look. And lower mileage candidates can still be found.
The V70 / XC70 is also extremely versatile in terms of choices. Whether you're looking for turbocharged power, easy going and comfortable transportation, sporty handling or off-road abilities, the V70 may very well have a model for you.
For those possibly interested in buying a XC70 wagon, here's a general overview of the available used models:
Right now, most Volvo V70 models come from its second and third generations, those produced from the 2001 to 2016 model years. Built on the same platform as the sleek S80 sedan, it also borrowed large portions of its interior layout from the S60 sedan.
Available models initially included the base 2.4, 2.4T, T5 and XC. Powering the base model was a naturally aspirated 2.4 liter engine, while the 2.4T boosted power with a 197 horsepower turbocharged version of the same engine. The V70 T5 was the most powerful model with 247 horsepower.
An all-wheel-drive V70 (different from the SUV-styled XC) was made available in 2002 with 2.4T trim. The V70 XC became a separate model in 2004.
The 2.4T was replaced by the 2.5T for the 2004 model year and featured a 2.5 liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine that produced 208 horsepower. Also added to the lineup was a high-performance V70 R model with 300 horsepower and all-wheel-drive that was available from 2004 to 2007.
With some variations depending on model year, typical features on the 2.4 include 16 inch alloy wheels, dual-zone manual climate control, heated outside mirrors, a CD player and a tilt and telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel. The V70 2.5T includes a power driver seat with memory and automatic climate control.
Moving up to the performance-oriented V70 R adds 17 inch wheels, performance tires, Brembo brakes, a sport-tuned adaptive suspension, leather sport seats, a three-spoke steering wheel, bi-xenon HID headlights, special silver-faced instrument gauges and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
Models from this period can also be found with optional features such as a leather interior, navigation and a premium audio system.
The third and final XC70 generation was introduced with the 2008 model year and again competes in the midsize wagon segment. Standard features include Bluetooth, a power driver seat with lumbar adjustment, driver memory functions, alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, cruise control, power heated mirrors, foglights, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, a 40/20/40-split-folding rear seat, two integrated child booster seats and an 8-speaker stereo with a 6-disc CD changer and an auxiliary audio jack.
Now front-wheel drive only, the XC70 has dropped the various five-cylinder engines and is powered by a 3.2 liter inline-6 that pumps out 235 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. It's coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control.
And with its many available options, these XC70 models can be found with features such as leather upholstery, navigation, active bi-xenon headlights, satellite radio, an upgraded audio system, adaptive cruise control with collision warning and a blind-spot warning system.
Overall, this wagon is considered well-built, comfortable, full of features and has an excellent reputation for safety. Finding low-mileage versions can make a lot of sense right now. And we can make a number of suggestions to help you pay less when buying one.
Buy At Wholesale?
There are actually several different ways to buy a used V70 at the lowest price, and even at wholesale. You can click on the links to each of the following methods to get the specific instructions.
In addition, you can also try the Public Auctions in your own geographic area. While there can be a lot of junk vehicles at these auctions, there are often absolute gems sprinkled in as well. This article reviews what to expect at open-to-the-public car auctions and how to locate them in your own area.