The ravishing V70 is probably one of the Volvo products that perfectly embody the Swedish company’s four core values of safety, environment, quality, and design. This mid-size wonder is a five-door station wagon that was originally released in 1997. Regarded as one of the world’s safest vehicles, the V70 managed to secure the approval of thousands of Volvo patrons around the world.
Putting the ‘V’ on the V70
The V70 promise is simple and clear. The name actually says it all. While the “70” came from the platform size on which the vehicle was built, the V in V70 means VERSATILITY. In fairness to the vehicle, it utterly spells not only versatility but also unique elegance and luxury. Whoever said that “you can’t have it all,” has not yet seen the V70. Apart from the gorgeous exterior and interior, it takes pride in its amazing aerodynamic profile, superior engine performance, and safety features.
Volvo managed to realize their goal of creating a vehicle that can maintain a spacious 5-door cabin but is still capable of running on a maximum speed of 250 km/h. Furthermore, the V70 boasts of having the wide cargo room of an SUV and the high fuel efficiency of a sedan. Considering all these, it is unquestionable that the Volvo V70 managed to impress its patrons for almost 15 years and produce three generations of vehicles that exemplify world-class style and innovations.
The Volvo 850 sequel: First generation (1997-2000)
The original V70 models were offshoots of the Volvo 850 estate car. But unlike the 850, the V70 featured more rounded edges, a family-friendly fascia, a brand-new dashboard and a series of stylish trim options. The available trim packages for the V70 include:
- Sports – with fog lamps, alloy wheels, and rear spoiler.
- Comfort – with child seat, trip computer, and electric sunroof.
- Luxury – with rear-seat entertainment, climate and cruise control, powered driver’s seat, wood trim for the fascia, and a leather interior.
- Estate – with luggage net, roof rails, and self-adjusting rear suspension.
- Winter – with heated front seats, traction control, and wash/wipe feature for the headlamps.
- Design – with leather interior, choice of red wood or leather for the steering wheel, and a red wood-effect trim.
The sports car meets the wagon: Second generation (2000-2007)
The second generation models received a total exterior and interior makeover from British designer Peter Horbury. This version of the V70 has the combined look of a sports car and a station wagon. In addition to the redesigned rear and fascia, the second batch of V70s bore the P2 platform. The new body also claimed to be 70% sturdier than the past models by using an adhesively bonded construction versus the old school spot-welding on the vehicle’s key areas. In 2007, the P2 platform vehicles, including the V70, upgraded their fascia, center console, tail lamps, and electrical systems.
Continuing the Volvo legacy: Third generation (2007-Present)
Luxury and versatility are still the top priorities in developing the third generation models of the Volvo V70. With an increased rear-seat legroom and load area volume, the first batch of V70s with a four-cylinder engine finally became available. 3.2-liter and 2.4-liter engines with manual transmission were also offered for the first time during this period.
Regarded as one of the most luxurious models in the executive cars category, the latest V70 units feature orthopedically designed front and rear seats. Buyers were also given the option to upgrade the audio system with built-in subwoofers. Other optional features include power-adjustable passenger seats, heated front seats, grocery and bag holder, auto-dimming and compass-equipped rear-view mirror, power glass moon-roof, rain sensors, remote control garage door opener, rear park assist, and headlight washers.