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2008 Volvo XC70 Weekend

posted by DL Byron on July 17, 2008

Seattle Volvo got us this car for the weekend just to drive and review. While yes we mostly ride, when we do drive, a wagon is our choice. Here’s what I thought.

It’s a different car than the 07 XC70, which had like 20 years of refinement. As a luxury wagon, it’s got all the trimmings, but also floats with more of an American-tuned feel than Euro-sport. It doesn’t feel “rugged” and sporty. More isolated and refined. For example, I’d plow my 07 Cross County right through a field to get to a bike race. Not this car — it’d do it, but it doesn’t feel like it wants to do it. Maybe it’s a sissified Volvo?

The engine has lit up the forums and blogs with lots of comments. I found it much more refined, smooth, and also totally different. That 5 cylinder turbo was like 25 years old and this responds like a V6 and was good for driving around. It’s also throaty and quick. But, fully loaded from Costco with the family, it doesn’t have enough power. For a car in this class, it does get decent mileage and emissions are good.

The biggest difference besides the appearance of the car is the road noise. It’s drastically reduced inside and what was a good stock stereo in previous years is even better now.

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