Volvo is a world leader in the large estate car segment. That has pioneered the market more than 50 years ago. Volvo V70 is the new model for the highest estate cars.
It has many versatile luxury features, designed for anyone by promoting driving safety. It has a larger, more spacious, more sporty, more functional and more environmentally friendly space than the previous version. The new Sport Wagon draws inspiration from its former successful predecessors.
With a slimmer and more athletic body design, dashing windshield, dark side pillars, C30 inspired taillights and dynamic rear view angle, the V70’s head-turning style displays new dynamics on the road.
Greater storage space and better boot access than the previous version. Caused by a change in the back, so that the openings are bigger than before.
The cabin is completely changed so that it is more spacious. Changes in the placement of the front seats, rear seats and rear cargo room have developed. With superior trim and many other interior features, including the new 40:20:40 smart split rear seat that allows old items to be carried while two adult passengers sit comfortably behind.
As a Sport Wagon, Volvo V70 is designed as a comfortable and functional family car. Therefore unlike many rival premium versions, it has been designed to be sporty and spacious.
Volvo V70 is made better in everything. Each upgrade is identified as the driving dynamics and the need to provide even more premium nuances.
Coming with new technology in the car industry, there is a new design of child car seats with high adjustable reinforcement cushions that ensure optimal seat belt geometry for safety and maximum protection but also offer good visibility outside the window – making children (and people old) happier. That allows them to look out of the window safely.
Driving safety features are also enhanced thanks to innovative Adaptive Cruise Control and a new Collision Warning with Auto Brake, which warns drivers when they get closer to the car in front and then installs hard disc brakes for maximum braking power.
All engines, including two inline six-cylinder motors, are installed transversely for maximum safety at frontal impact. This is the first time a six-cylinder engine has been offered in Volvo V70. The top-line engine is a 3.0-liter, 285PS, 400Nm, six turbocharged, capable of pushing the T6 version of the V70 to a top speed of 152mph and from 0-60mph in 6.7 seconds. Six non-turbocharged six-cylinder cylinders are also available. Both British-made six-cylinder engines, in Bridgend, Wales.
It has an optional range of five-cylinder, 2.5-liter, turbo, 2.5T gasoline (200PS) engines, two 2.4-liter, five-cylinder turbodiesels (185PS D5 and 163PS 2.4D), 2.0-liter gasoline units (145PS) and a 2.0 -liter, 136PS turbodiesel capable of 47.9 mpg sparingly (157g / km) in the official combined cycle.
Two environmentally friendly FlexiFuel engines, as well as using bioethanol as gasoline, are offered: 2.0 liter units, 145PS, and five-cylinder motors, 200PS, 2.5 liters. The FlexiFuel engine automatically recognizes what type of fuel is being used and adjusts it. In the form of bioethanol, this machine offers a total CO2 savings of around 80 percent.
The T6 engine comes as standard with the unique Volvo All-Wheel Drive (AWD) system, which is also available on the D5, which automatically distributes power to the wheels that have the highest grip, ensuring exceptional traction. Front wheel drive – for predictable, safety and good traction cornering perfect balance – used for other powertrain. Volvo Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DSTC) is standard. Some sensors dynamically monitor the behavior of the vehicle so that, if necessary, the system can reduce engine torque and apply carefully calculated braking power to stop slippage.
For a combination of AWD 3.2 and T6, it is mated exclusively with Volvo’s Geartronic gearbox, which offers automatic and manual clutch changes. T6 gets a sport mode, for sharper performance. The 2.0-liter, 2.5T, 2.4D, D5 and FlexiFuel variants are standard with manual gearboxes. While 2.4D and D5 are available with Geartronic as an option.
The new architecture and suspension chassis provide a sharper and smoother driving experience. “The all-new V70 has been perfected and improved in everything,” said Tomas Ahlborg. ‘The chassis technology offers a high-class feel and exceptional control in all situations. This helps strengthen Volvo’s special position in the luxury car segment. ‘Ride quality, silence, high speed stability and all-round dynamic comfort have all increased substantially.
The Volvo Four-C active active suspension is available as an option in the Lux SE and SE models. Computer control automatically tightens the damper when speed increases, increasing steering handling and response. The R-Design variant gets a Low Sports Chassis (lowering 20mm at the front and 15mm at the rear).
The all-new Volvo V70 chassis is slightly longer than its predecessor – with 113mm – but this extra length has been used well. Front and rear collision protection is even better than the old V70 – a car with legendary collision protection – and extra length has also been used to make new vehicles wider. The rear leg room has been strengthened by 48mm and the loading capacity has increased by 55 liters. Rear access has also been improved, helped by placing a large rear taillight on the rear body rather than on the rear pillar, which increases the size of the rear openings.
Comfort, the foundation of the outgoing Volvo V70, has been enhanced, in part by the new seats, which are based on the luxurious S80. Volvo is famous for its comfortable seats that allow hours of riding a motorcycle. The new seats are further enhanced by the availability of internal ventilation, where the fan and perforated skin further enhance the comfort of seating on hot days. For more typical Swedish weather, the all-new Volvo V70 is also available with heated front and rear seats.
The all new Volvo V70 is available in three luxury trim levels – SE, SE Lux and R-Design. Prices start at £ 24,995 for 2.0P SE and rise to £ 38,515 for Lux T6 AWD SE. These prices not only offer far better value than most rival premium plantations, but the Volvo V70s also traditionally has the best residual value in its class.
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