The Volvo XC70 represents a dwindling breed of utilitarian wagons. In a market saturated with SUVs, the size and versatility of this wagon are appealing and refreshing. A quieter, better-finished interior, a ride that's less stiff and more responsive handling than the previous model are welcome attributes of this edition, although its performance, ride and handling don't inspire enthusiasm.
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Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS, ESC, side, and head protection airbags standard.
Road Test

The Volvo XC70 represents a dwindling breed of utilitarian wagons. In a market saturated with SUVs, the size and versatility of this wagon are appealing and refreshing. A quieter, better-finished interior, a ride that's less stiff and more responsive handling than the previous model are welcome attributes of this edition, although its performance, ride and handling don't inspire enthusiasm. The XC70 features Volvo's most current safety innovations of the time, including optional blind spot monitoring and family-friendly features like integrated booster seats.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD, Front
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
wagon
Transmissions Available
  • 8-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (240 hp)
  • 3-liter 6 turbo (300 hp)
  • 3.2-liter 6 (240 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2015 Volvo XC70 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Water Leak from glass roof"

Anonymous, NH (2015 Volvo XC70 T6 3.2-L 6 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Rear driver side door seal replaced under warranty because rain water came inside bottom of door"

Anonymous, (2015 Volvo XC70 T6 Unsure)
Squeaks or rattles

"The car has serious problems with plastic against plastic squeaking in the center console up into the floating portion of the dashboard. It has done this since I bought the car; I bought it in cold weather and attributed this simply to the interior being cold, but it continues to be squeaking even in very warm weather."

Anonymous, (2015 Volvo XC70 T5 Drive-E 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The are rattles in the dashboard where it joins the firewall in front of the passenger side. There is also a minor rattle in the panel on the driver's door."

Anonymous, WA (2015 Volvo XC70 T6 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The dashboard rattles."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Volvo XC70 3.2 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"ABS would go off and then may or may not come back on. Fixed twice by dealer."

Anonymous, FL (2015 Volvo XC70 T6 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Normal routine brake wear

"Brakes became increasingly noisy. Took car into dealer and they replaced calipers"

Anonymous, AL (2015 Volvo XC70 T5 Drive-E 3.2-L 6 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"Brake pads on rear brakes wore out, damaging rotors. Required replacement of calipers and disks"

Anonymous, VA (2015 Volvo XC70 T5 Drive-E 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Replaced rear brake pads at 25,700 miles"

Anonymous, OH (2015 Volvo XC70 T6 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Excessive rear brake wear. Problem was covered by warranty"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Volvo XC70 T5 Drive-E 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Display screen goes blank

"They fixed with software update"

Leslie L., MA (2015 Volvo XC70 T6 3.2-L 6 Cyl)
Hardware replacement

"With such low mileage there should not have been any electronic problems: low tire pressure indicator repeatedly came on even though there was no detectable issue. The car's computer hardware had to be replaced."

Anonymous, NY (2015 Volvo XC70 T6 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"I want to update the maps since they are over 3 years old. I downloaded (6.5 HOURS) updated maps onto a thumb drive as instructed. Inserted thumb drive into USB port. Display asked if I wanted to update and I said yes. Display asked for LICENSE NUMBER. I checked with dealer and they knew nothing about it. Checked with Volvo Cars USA and received a part number to tell dealer. Dealer said that the software cost was $200.00 and labor would be $484.00 and that I could NOT do it myself. For me that is way too expensive for a map update!"

Richard H., CT (2015 Volvo XC70 T6 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Sometimes the phone is paired with Bluetooth, other times its not, and we have to re-enter the phone # before its paired again. This seems to happen fairly frequently."

Anonymous, NY (2015 Volvo XC70 T5 Drive-E 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"The car had been "using oil" for months (up to a quart every 1000 miles). After several conversations with Volvo, they agreed to replace the engine due to a know issue with cylinder head."

Anonymous, AL (2015 Volvo XC70 T5 Drive-E 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"No. 1 Piston was damaged, most likely as part of the original assembly or was defective when installed."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Volvo XC70 T6 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"My car had a constant whine sound and a popping sound that I took in multiple times to no avail. “Problem could not be recreated” was the constant reply. After multiple times at the dealership they determined the popping sound was the Turbo, so they replaced it. It still made the sound when I got it back. I then started getting warning lights stating “break carefully, low oil pressure” so I brought it in. They serviced it and changed the oil - I was just under 50,000 miles at this time. 4 months later, same warning light. Took it back in for service, and they said they would have to rebuild the engine. After 3 weeks, I was contacted again, and they told me that Volvo would not be rebuilding the engine but they were replacing it even though I was out of warranty by 300 or so miles. Once it was completed I had no more strange whine or popping sound in my car."

Anonymous, TX (2015 Volvo XC70)
Turbo or supercharger

"I began receiving messages stating that I needed to top off the engine oil as it had dropped. The car does not have a dipstick and oil level is indicated on the dashboard information, so it is difficult to determine exactly what the oil level is at any given time. I took the car to the mechanic, who indicated that the seals on the turbocharger had deteriorated and repaired the car. The car, however, continues to "use" oil, and the mechanic so far has dismissed this as "something the car just does". It is not burning oil, not leaking, and oil is not coming out of the exhaust."

Anonymous, (2015 Volvo XC70 T5 Drive-E 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"The blis system has been intermittent. Dealer has replaced the cameras, computers, and reprogrammed the system. None of these have been trivial in terms of time. He does have a backup vehicle for our use when servicing the car. When the car was new the BLis performed flawlessly for 6500 km then became eratic. It seems better now but we can no longer trust it. At my age, 81 I need all the help I can get to stay out of trouble"

Anonymous, ON (2015 Volvo XC70 T6 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Cruise control

"Cruise control and sensor to slow down when approaching the rear of a car would randomly stop working"

Anonymous, ME (2015 Volvo XC70 T5 Drive-E 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Gauges

"Battery Discharge and Safe Mode warning indicators repeatedly warned of battery discharges."

Anonymous, (2015 Volvo XC70 Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Headlights

"The headlight steering tracking mechanism on one headlight assembly started to fail. It quit a few times, but never completely failed. It was replaced under warranty by the dealer"

John W., WA (2015 Volvo XC70 T6 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel gauge/sender

"The fuel gauge wasn't reading right The tank would be full and it would read 3/4 full Volvo made dealer do step by step repairs:software update;replaced fuel tank(part of sensor in tank); then the fuel pump. The last fixed problem"

Leslie L., MA (2015 Volvo XC70 T6 3.2-L 6 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Faulty gasket allowed air intake to fuel system, which somehow impacted the traction control system"

Anonymous, VA (2015 Volvo XC70 T5 Drive-E 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"fuel pressure sensor failure caused rough idle and stalling"

Anonymous, PA (2015 Volvo XC70 T6 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Gear selector or linkage

"Cold temperatures cause shift lever to lock in place"

Anonymous, MD (2015 Volvo XC70 T5 Drive-E 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Rough shifting

"The fix required a software update which was performed promptly and addressed the issue."

Anonymous, MA (2015 Volvo XC70 T6 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"I have a warning that the four wheel option is inoperable. My dealer feels this is an electrical and will repair ubder warranty. The cars is still driveable"

Anonymous, ON (2015 Volvo XC70 T6 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Mirrors

"Motors on retractable mirrors failed"

Anonymous, NC (2015 Volvo XC70 T5 Drive-E 3.2-L 6 Cyl)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"The tailgate opens, then drops about 6 inches, creating a hazard for hitting your head. Dealer attempted fix and failed, then want hundreds of dollars to fix this."

Anonymous, NC (2015 Volvo XC70 T6 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine knock or ping

"The vehicle started to stall when coming to a stop. The dealer finally diagnosed the problem as a cracked air pipe between the mass airflow sensor and the turbo. It was fixed under warranty."

Anonymous, WA (2015 Volvo XC70 T6 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Oil leaks

"I had to add oil twice in 6 months (oil light came on). At routine service they checked it and said it was a "big problem". Fixed it and though out of warranty, work was covered by Volvo. Sounded like it could have been in thousands of dollars."

Anonymous, OH (2015 Volvo XC70 T5 Drive-E 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Lowe exterior door trim loose"

Gary S., NY (2015 Volvo XC70 T5 Drive-E 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Electronic Body Module needed to be replaced. Repair was not on warranty, bill was $1400."

Glenn T., SC (2015 Volvo XC70 T6 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"I had two different leaks in radiator hoses that cost about $2,000 in total to replace due to their location (mostly labor charges)."

Anonymous, AL (2015 Volvo XC70 T5 Drive-E 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Accessory batter replaced."

Gary S., NY (2015 Volvo XC70 T5 Drive-E 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

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