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.
That being said, I do like how the XC70 handles.
It has exceptional Turbo pick-up.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 27th July, 2003