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.
Alerts
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
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Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
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Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
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Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
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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.
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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.
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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).
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).

Owner Reports

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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.
Model 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 from 2017.
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)
  • 2.5-liter 5 turbo (250 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2016 Volvo XC70 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

Backup or other camera/sensors

"I have to manually engage the backup camera when I place the vehicle in reverse."

Anonymous, MA (2016 Volvo XC70 Premier Unsure)
Display screen difficult to see

"BACK UP SCREEN IS TERRIBLE AND IT STOPPED COMING ON WHEN IN REVERSE"

Anonymous, ON (2016 Volvo XC70 T5 2.5-L 5 turbo)
Display screen goes blank

"Only reappears when u touch a control button. System is way to complicated to operate simple tasks"

Anonymous, MA (2016 Volvo XC70 Premier Unsure)

"dealer unable to replicate issue"

David P., NY (2016 Volvo XC70)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Phone to audio system connection via USB doesn't work"

Anonymous, OR (2016 Volvo XC70 T5 Drive-E 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Works only at times, and is difficult to find street addresses"

Gary I., NY (2016 Volvo XC70 Platinum 2.5-L 5 turbo)

"Will not show my actual location. Is consistently off by aprox 50 miles"

David P., NY (2016 Volvo XC70)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Loose trim was catching when door was opened."

Anonymous, IA (2016 Volvo XC70 Platinum 2.5-L 5 Cyl turbo)

"Chrome window trim getting cloudy - They are actually made out of plastic and the outer layer is clear plastic. Furthermore, the plastic molding over the wheels tend to get loose"

Anonymous, SC (2016 Volvo XC70 Platinum 2.5-L 5 Cyl turbo)

"Protective door trim on the front passenger door was bent when you opened the door. Trim was replaced twice, before the problem was corrected. Fixed quickly under warranty by a great service department."

Stephen M., SC (2016 Volvo XC70 T5 2.5-L 5 Cyl turbo)

"incorrect size so bent at door. Replaced under warranty"

W H., PA (2016 Volvo XC70 2.5-L 5 Cyl turbo)

"Accident: Hit on left rear corner of vehicle causing damage to tailgate, bumper, left rear fender, back-up camera, one window, exhaust. Vehicle was drivable."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Volvo XC70 T5 Drive-E 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Piece of moulding above gas tank came loose. Took it to dealer and they said a clip had broken and it was a tedious job to repair."

Anonymous, PA (2016 Volvo XC70 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Someone tapped my car when it was parked and it put a small hole in my bumper. Seemed like too much damage for a parking event"

Richard M., CO (2016 Volvo XC70 Premier)

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

Interior lights

"short-circuit in the driver's vanity light"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Volvo XC70 Platinum 2.5-L 5 Cyl turbo)
Tire pressure monitor

"The controls are very difficult to use, especially when selecting city and street"

Gary I., NY (2016 Volvo XC70 Platinum 2.5-L 5 turbo)
Warning lights

"low battery light keeps coming on. Service department pretty much blows it off as nothing. FRUSTRATING!!"

Anonymous, MT (2016 Volvo XC70 Premier 2.5-L 5 Cyl turbo)

"Low battery light"

Anonymous, (2016 Volvo XC70 T5 2.5-L 5 Cyl turbo)
Wiper motor or washer

"Rear wiper failed. Replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Volvo XC70 T5 2.5-L 5 turbo)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Normal routine brake wear

"Car should have larger brakes to compensate for the weight. The rear brakes went out after 20k miles"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Volvo XC70 Premier 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"I replaced the rear brake pads at about 40k but not the front pads. I would have thought the front would have worn first."

Joseph C., FL (2016 Volvo XC70 T5 2.5-L 5 Cyl turbo)
Rotors

"Rotors warped all four were replaced under warranty no downtime on car."

Anonymous, MA (2016 Volvo XC70 T5 2.5-L 5 Cyl turbo)

"Rear brake rotors had to be replaced just after 2 years (20,000 mi). It was covered under warranty."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Volvo XC70 Premier 2.0-L 4 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

Doors or sliding doors

"Door latch on drivers door failed to hold door closed. Repaired under waranty."

Anonymous, NY (2016 Volvo XC70 Premier 2.5-L 5 Cyl turbo)
Seat controls - movement

"With two people, the seats do not respond well using the numbers."

Anonymous, PA (2016 Volvo XC70 2.0-L 4 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

"engine had to be replaced at 40,000. Was under warranty and covered by Volvo new engine warranty was not extended past the original 50,000 mile warranty"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Volvo XC70 T5 Drive-E 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Car was losing oil. Dealer said piston rings needed replacement, were incorrectly sized. Volvo paid for 90% of the cost despite fact that car was out of warranty."

Anonymous, PA (2016 Volvo XC70 Platinum 2.5-L 5 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 cap

"The fuel door fell off and was replaced by the dealer."

Rolf A., MA (2016 Volvo XC70 T5 2.5-L 5 Cyl turbo)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

Heater system

"electronic controls prevented heat to be delivered"

Anonymous, MT (2016 Volvo XC70 Premier 2.5-L 5 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.

Exhaust

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

Transmission Minor

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

Body Integrity

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

Engine Minor

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

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

Drive System

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

Engine Cooling

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

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