2014 Volvo XC70 Overview
- Slightly restyled for 2014
- Adds a new available all-digital instrument cluster
- Off-road oriented wagon, designed for families
Volvo’s rugged wagon, the 2014 Volvo XC70, gets updated styling and a few new interior features for the new model year.
The XC70 is something you’d expect from Subaru more than the Swedish automaker, with its high ground clearance and off-road acumen. Nonetheless, we’re happy it’s here – the world needs more wagons. The XC70’s exterior styling hints at its rugged nature, but is also unmistakably Volvo. On the bottom, black body cladding surrounds the lower parts of the car to protect it from the elements, while the top contains the boxiness and sharp lines that are Volvo’s signature. For 2014, there some slight styling updates as well, with a new, wider front grille and new front/rear bumpers as well. The headlights have been redesigned with new LED daytime running lights.
Under the hood, the two engine options carry over from last year. 3.2 models feature a 240-hp, 3.2-liter inline-six-cylinder engine that makes 236 pounds-feet of torque, while T6 models get a more powerful 300-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six that makes 325 pounds-feet of torque. Both come with a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive optional on the 3.2 but standard on the T6.
Inside, the five-seat XC70 closely resembles other Volvo interiors with a simple layout that puts an emphasis on ease-of-use and high quality materials. There is a new instrument cluster for 2014, an analog one on lower trim levels or a customizable, fully digital display on higher models. Behind the 40/20/40-split folding rear seat is 33.3 cubic feet of cargo room, which expands to 72.1 cubic feet with the seats folded down; for context, this is similar to what you’d expect to find in a compact SUV. Other family friendly options include integrated child booster seats and standard dual-zone automatic climate control.
There are also plenty of standard safety features as you’d expect from Volvo, including their City Safety system which can detect obstacles in the XC70’s path and applies the forward brakes at speeds of up to 31 mph to mitigate or avoid a collision. Six airbags, antilock brakes, and an electronic stability system are also standard.