2009 Volvo XC70 from North America

Summary:

Nice car

Faults:

Absolutely nothing has gone wrong with the car. Brakes are good at 30000 miles, and all I've done is just oil changes every 7000 miles, which are complimentary. Hopefully nothing will go wrong soon.

General Comments:

Extremely comfortable seats. Wacky transmission, and changes gears when not expected, but adequate power when needed. Only find considerable pickup above 40 mph. Nice car, good quality.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th November, 2010

2009 Volvo XC70 T6 AWD 3.0L turbocharged from North America

Summary:

Perhaps the last really solidly and conservatively built Volvo?

Faults:

Headlamp washers failure (cable snapped) 2010.

Power rear hatch failure (2009).

Rattle from centre console.

Defective alarm sensors.

Rear hatch lock rattle; fixed with grease.

General Comments:

T6 engine is very quiet, powerful with very good acceleration.

The car is a comfortable highway cruiser, and sublimely comfortable.

The car is built like a tank - thick and heavy doors, solid chassis.

Powerful air conditioner.

Interior air filter keeps pollen away.

Leather is treated without chemicals.

Real wood inlays.

Many thoughtful touches.

Thirsty engine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th August, 2010

2009 Volvo XC70 T6 AWD T6 from North America

Summary:

The Volvo XC70 is the best luxury station wagon sold in the United States

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

I love the Volvo XC70. I got mine with the Turbocharged V6, which came with standard All-Wheel Drive. And it came with a standard Geartronic automatic.

I ordered mine with the Climate Package, Convenience Package, Multimedia Package, and Technology Package. It came with Sirius satellite radio, HD radio, Dynaudio premium sound, and Dolby ProLogic Synthetic surround. It really sounds great and the controls are simple and intuitive. The controls on the steering wheel are helpful too.

The navigation system has great map quality and live traffic from the Sirius satellite network. The controls for operating the system are interesting to say the least. There is a controller on the side of the steering wheel, which is OK to use, and a remote control that is easy to use. The navigation screen pops up from the dashboard top. It is interesting and makes guest passenger look and stare.

The car also comes with Bluetooth, and the connection to the car is quick and easy. It also transfers your contacts automatically and works well. There are controls on the steering wheel, and they are simple to use.

The dual zone automatic climate control system is easy to use, and has an air quality system, and includes heated front and rear seats. It also wraps up headlight washers.

The technology package is actually a safety package. It included active cruise control that adjusts the car's speed in cruise control, and maintains a preset distance for better time management while in cruise control. It has driver alert that can detect if I am distracted, and tell me to rest, and a distance alert system that tells me if I am getting to close to the car in front of me. Also, there is a lane departure warning system that warns me if I change lanes when a car is in my blind spot. This does not include the optional BLIS system that I added. And there is collision warning with auto brake. If I am about to be in a collision, it retracts the seat belts and slows the car down to lessen the impact during a collision.

Optional add-ons; I got a remote keyless system that has a heartbeat sensor. The keyless part works really well. The heartbeat sensor is really freaky but works. I don't get it. At all. I also added BLIS, which is the Blind Spot Information System. It shows if a car is in your blind spot and has an indicator system on the side pillars of the front car. It is extremely useful and helps a lot on the highway. And the park assist camera I optioned that shows up on the navigation system screen is useful. The xenon headlights I optioned are active bending, and work well and have extremely bright high beams. I also optioned a moonroof

The rear seat has heated seats and full leather covering as with the front seats. They are very roomy and comfortable, say my children. They also have audio controls and headphone jacks rear seat passengers. It provides good entertainment for the rear seat passengers.

The cargo area is ample with plenty of space and a rear 12 volt power outlet. It has plenty of space and a cargo cover. It also has a power open/close lift gate.

Total I paid $54,565 for my XC70. That is for all the packages, metallic paint, additional options, floor mats, and cargo mat. Me and my wife love this car and our children love it too. I would recommend it to anyone is looking for more space, and is transitioning from a luxury sedan to a luxury station wagon.

It is a great car, and outshines its competitors such as the Audi A6 Avant Prestige and the BMW 535i xDrive SportsWagon. Lexus currently has no competitors in this vehicle size class. Cadillac has one station wagon, but it is smaller and competes with the Volvo V50 and Audi A3. Mercedes-Benz will also introduce the E Class Estate, also a station wagon. But the Volvo outshines all of these cars, and is probably the best luxury station wagon sold in the U.S.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th March, 2010

29th Aug 2010, 21:58

I don't know how you can claim the XC70 is the best luxury station wagon... the E Class estate has always been a more luxurious and equally large wagon.

21st Apr 2011, 12:03

I also chose an XC70 T6 over the E class wagon. I stand by the choice too! The E-class was more expensive, duller looking plastic/cheap feeling in comparison, better fuel economy than the E class, and FAR less expensive to insure than an E-class wagon. Oh, and far less embarrassing to be seen in then an E-class wagon. When I signal to change lanes in a Volvo, no one thinks I am a pretentious jerk that just had kids!