2010 Volvo V70 Overview
In recent years, wagons have experienced a rebirth, and leading the class is the 2010 Volvo V70 sport wagon. For 2010, a new R-Design model brings a premium look to the latest-generation Volvo V70 wagon, which debuted two years ago.
The Competition includes Audi A4 Avant, BMW 5-Series Sports Wagon and Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon. Based on the Volvo S80 sedan, the Volvo V70 is available in 3.2 and new 3.2 R-Design trim levels; the latter is distinguishable from the original by a silk metal finish grille trim with the R-Design logo, a tailgate spoiler, black aluminum window trim, silk metal outside mirror trim, 18-inch alloy wheels and sport chassis. The 2010 V70 3.2 features a new grille, silver roof rails and Sirius satellite radio preparation.
Both versions come in front-wheel drive, with a 235-horsepower, 3.2-liter inline-six engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, which can be shifted to manual. Though a new Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (PZEV) rating engine produces slightly less horsepower, benefits include reduced emissions and increased EPA fuel economy estimates, which are 18 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.
The interior theme is highlighted by comfort and luxury. The driver and front passenger seats feature "ortho-posture" supportive bucket seats. Instruments are ergonomically designed and rear seats split 40/20/40, offering the flexibility of seating for three or two outboard passengers. With a total of 71 cubic feet of cargo space, the V70 also offers a lockable storage area under the floor, and for added convenience in loading and unloading cargo, the V70 offers a power tailgate. A 12-speaker surround-sound system, navigation system with real-time traffic and dual-screen entertainment system (rear headrests) are optional.
And of course, it wouldn’t be a Volvo without class-leading safety features including the latest generation of side airbags and whiplash protection. Additional features include dynamic stability and traction control and a tire pressure monitoring system. Options include the blind spot information system and personal car communicator with keyless drive, two-way car communication and heartbeat sensor.
The 2010 Volvo V70 boasts premium safety features typical of a Volvo. It also offers plenty of storage capacity and the comfort and luxury of the new, sporty 3.2 R-Design.