- New Drive-E four-cylinder engine (T5 Drive-E models)
- Rugged, family oriented wagon with 33.3 cubic feet of cargo room
- Volvo’s City Safety technology is standard
The 2015 Volvo XC70 wagon adds an exciting new engine option from Volvo’s new lineup of Drive-E powertrains for the new model year.
Last year, the XC70 got some styling and feature updates inside and out which carryover, but the real exciting stuff for 2015 takes place under the hood. Volvo debuts a new lineup of engines for 2015 under the name Drive-E. These four-cylinder engines utilize different degrees of forced induction with the goal of maintaining performance but upping overall fuel efficiency. The XC70 adds a new trim level, the T5 Drive-E which features one of these engines, a 240-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 258 pounds-feet of torque and is mated to a new eight-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy with this drivetrain jumps up to 24/31 mpg city/highway, which easily beats last year’s maximum of 18/26 mpg.
Last year’s engine options both carry over; 3.2 models feature a 240-hp, 3.2-liter inline-six-cylinder 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. T5 Drive-E models are front-wheel drive only, while 3.2 and T6 models are now all-wheel drive only.
The XC70’s styling is a mash-up of Volvo’s traditional boxy-ness up top, with plenty of black lower body cladding that hints at the wagon’s off-road inclinations. If that wasn’t enough, peek underneath and you’ll find 8.3-inches of ground clearance and standard rear skid plates. The headlights, front and rear bumpers, and grille were all refreshed last year and are once again present. 17-inch wheels come standard, with 18-inch wheels available on higher trim levels.
The T5 Drive-E is also the new base trim and offers powered front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, USB/iPod port, an eight-speaker sound system with a seven-inch color screen, steering wheel audio and Bluetooth controls, and satellite radio all standard. The second-row seat is a 40/20/40-split for cargo/passenger flexibility, and there is 33.3 cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear seats which can be expanded to 72.1 cubic feet. A rear-seat entertainment system with dual screens and DVD players is optional, as is a navigation system and heated front/rear seats.
Standard safety features include six airbags, antilock brakes, electronic stability control, and Volvo’s City Safety system. City Safety utilizes forward facing sensors to detect obstacles in the vehicles path and will notify the driver to their presence and can even bring the car to a stop at speeds of up to 31 mph to prevent a collision. There is also plenty of optional safety technology, including automatic high beams, pedestrian and cyclist detection, lane departure warnings, and adaptive cruise control.