2009 Volvo V70
Station wagons have become so untrendy that at this point they may be becoming trendy again. Those drivers who do want to give the wagons a chance will want to consider the Volvo V70, which shares its platform and drivetrain with the S80 sedan (reviewed in our October 2007 issue). The V70 was all new for 2008 and features SUV-like cargo room, decent fuel economy of a sedan, and an array of standard features including a three-way split rear seat (40-20-40). The Convenience Package includes a humidity sensor for the climate control, front and rear park assist, a power tailgate, and a secure compartment in the rear for valuables. The optional Park Assist camera guides the driver when parking or backing up, providing much better visibility than rear view mirrors.
The V70 is largely unchanged for 2009. New standard features for 2009 include hands-free Bluetooth communications, and fog lights.
New options include a technology package with active bi-Xenon headlamps outfitted with washers, Sirius satellite radio, the superb Dynaudio Premium Sound System, and rear seat headphone jacks and audio controls.
Although acceleration and fuel economy are fair at best, the V70’s spacious and well-appointed cabin, not to mention competent handling and a smooth ride, make it worthy of consideration.
|2009 Volvo V70|
|Drivetrain||Front engine, front-wheel drive|
|Transmission||6-speed Geartronic Automatic|
|Curb weight (lbs)||3527|
|Length x width x height (inches)||189.8 x 73.3 x 60.9|
|0-60 mph (seconds)||7.8 est.|
|EPA city/highway fuel economy (mpg)||16/25|
–Jonathan B. Spira is the Editor of Executive Road Warrior and Chief Analyst at Basex, a knowledge economy research firm.