2004 Volvo V70 Cross Country 2.4 turbo from North America


A high performance, high priced luxury station wagon with a serious visibility problem


My 2004 Volvo Cross Country (XC70) is obviously very new and as yet I do not have any complaints about any of the systems (i.e., transmissions, engine, electrical).

However, I have found a significant problem with excessive windshield glare. My interior is taupe and therefore the dashboard is somewhat lighter. Thus, the dashboard is reflected up into the windshield, especially when driving into the sun. Oftentimes visibility is greatly reduced. There are even times when I am "blinded" with visibility being very poor.

Frankly, I am surprised that Volvo hasn't caught this. I assume that they test drive their vehicles in real-life situations (i.e., in sunny conditions).

Volvo is known for safety -- and yet, they have missed this "glaring" problem!

I'm wondering if any other owners have been bothered by windshield glare in the V70 or XC70?

I contacted Volvo regarding this problem and after several weeks received a brief form letter stating that Volvo cannot change the design of the windshield since it has been developed within their "safety standards". Apparently, good visibility is not a safety criteria as far as Volvo is concerned.

General Comments:

That being said, I do like how the XC70 handles.

It has exceptional Turbo pick-up.

Comfortable seats.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 27th July, 2003

17th Aug 2003, 15:10

Easy solution.

Add a dash cover. No more glares.

13th Oct 2003, 15:54

I could not agree more with the Volvo V70 owner who reports on the safety problem resulting from the excessive glare on the windshield. I, too, have experienced the same problem and it is most dangerous when you drive from sunny to shady areas. However, the glare is there all the time on sunny days and greatly impairs vision. I too have reported this problem to Volvo and received a telephone call suggesting that I contact the dealer. I agree with the writer and also am wondering whether this car was ever tested on a sunny day. The reflection on the windshield, in my mind, represents a serious safety problem and I, too, am astounded at the blase attitude of Volvo (they said they never heard of this complaint).

In addition, I find that the doors all of a sudden lock while driving. This has happened at least a dozen times since I purchased the 2004 Volvo V70 this July. Has anyone else experienced this problem?