Volvo XC70 Road Test

Model Year Summary
We previously tested the XC70 with an engine that is no longer offered. For 2016 a four-cylinder turbo and eight-speed automatic are standard on front-wheel-drive versions. It worked well in the S60 we tested and returned 25 mpg overall. But all-wheel-drive versions get a 2.5-liter, turbocharged five-cylinder engine paired to a six-speed automatic. The ride is fairly stiff, but handling is secure. Inside, the cabin is quiet and luxuriously trimmed, and the seats are comfortable. The XC70 has many of Volvo's safety features, including collision-avoidance systems and a blind-spot warning system that works well. Other updates for 2016 include standard heated front seats. The XC70 has been discontinued for the 2017 model year.

New Car Reliability Prediction


All cars come with basic warranty coverage, also known as a bumper-to-bumper warranty. This protects consumers against unexpected problems with non-wear items. Powertrain warranty protects against engine and transmission troubles. Rust through, or corrosion warranty, covers rust to non-damaged components. Roadside aid provides on-location assistance in case of a breakdown and may include limited towing services.

Extended warranties provide peace of mind. Owners of models known to have worse-than-average predicted reliability can mitigate risks with an extended warranty. Generally, we recommend buying a model with better-than-average reliability and skipping this expensive add on. If you do buy an extended warranty, it is key to read the small print to understand what is covered and where you can bring the car for repairs.

Basic (years/miles)

Powertrain (years/miles)

Rust through (years/miles)

Roadside aid (years/miles)