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Volvo V70
2001 Volvo XC70
Manufacturer Volvo Cars
Parent company Ford Motor Company
Also called Volvo XC70 (crossover version)
Production 1997–present
Predecessor Volvo 850
Class Mid-size car / Executive car
Body style(s) 5-door estate/wagon
5-door crossover
Layout Front engine, front-wheel drive / four-wheel drive

The Volvo V70 is a mid-size five-door estate car / station wagon manufactured by Volvo Cars since 1996 — and closely related to the S70, S60 and S80 saloons, as well as the four-wheel drive Cross Country (XC) and XC70.

Since its inception, the V70 has evolved through three generations—notably, the second generation designed by Peter Horbury.[1]

Over 80% of V70s are sold in Europe, one third in Sweden. The Volvo V70 has been the best selling car in Sweden for many years.[citation needed]


First generation (1997–2000)

First generation
1st Volvo V70.jpg
Also called Volvo V70-XC
Production 1997–2000
Assembly Torslanda, Sweden,
Ghent, Belgium,
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, Volvo Halifax Assembly
Engine(s) 2.0 L 126 hp I5
2.4 L 162 hp I5
2.4 L 190 hp I5
2.5 L 190 hp I5
2.3 L 240 hp I5
2.3 L 250 hp I5
2.4 L 265 hp I5
2.5 L 140 hp I5 (diesel)
Transmission(s) 5-speed manual,
4-speed automatic,
5-speed automatic
Wheelbase 2,664 mm (104.9 in)
1998 AWD: 2,662 mm (104.8 in)
1999-2000 AWD: 2,654 mm (104.5 in)
Length 1998: 4,722 mm (185.9 in)
1999-2000: 4,729 mm (186.2 in)
1999-2000 XC: 4,735 mm (186.4 in)
Width 1,760 mm (69.3 in)
Height 1,427 mm (56.2 in) & 1,481 mm (58.3 in)
R: 1,453 mm (57.2 in)
Fuel capacity 68 L (15.0 imp gal; 18.0 US gal)

The original V70 was a development of the Volvo 850 estate car (station wagon) and saloon (sedan) range. The new name reflected Volvo's new strategy of naming vehicles depending on size and body style. Thus, the 850 was deemed to be a relative size 70. The name is then appended with the type of vehicle. So the station wagon adopted V (for Versatility), S (for Saloon), and C (for the new Coupé); these cars are respectively known as V70, S70 and C70. There were 1,800 improved and new parts in the design from the original 850, including upgraded passive and active safety, better handling and new engines. Gone were the 850's square edges and replaced by rounded corners to suit the late 1990s style trend. Other changes included a new 'family face' for the V/S/C70 models, colour-coded bumpers, clear indicator lenses, and a new dashboard fascia and materials. However, on the whole, one could say the car was similar to its predecessor, but nevertheless, a successful facelift.


First generation variants

V70 variants included Torslanda — named after its assembly plant, TorslandaverkenSE and CD.

Option packages included:

  • Sports - with alloy wheels, rear spoiler, and fog lamps
  • Comfort - child seat, air conditioning or electric sunroof, and trip computer
  • Luxury - leather upholstery with electric driver's seat, climate control and cruise control, wood fascia trim, RTI, and rear seat entertainment
  • Estate - roof rails, self-levelling rear suspension, and luggage net
  • Winter - headlamp wash/wipe, heated front seats and traction control
  • Design - red wood/leather steering wheel, red wood-effect trim, and leather upholstery.

First generation models

  • S70
  • S70 R (2.3 litre)
  • V70
  • V70 R (2.3 litre)
  • V70 R AWD (2.3-2.4 litre)
  • V70 XC AWD

T5 and R models are high-performance models. The T5 was equipped with a sport-tuned high pressure turbocharged 2.3 litre engine with maximum boost pressure set at 10.5 pounds per square inch (72 kPa), and 'turbine' alloy wheels, whereas the GLT models had a low pressure turbocharged 2.4 litre engine with maximum boost pressure at 7 to 8 pounds per square inch (48 to 55 kPa). The R was fitted with a full factory fitted body kit (chin spoiler and rear spoiler, anthracite alloy wheels) a range of unique colours.

There were 3 phases of R-AWD produced for the United Kingdom market between 1997 and 2000:

Phase 1: were produced from 1997 till February 1999 (UK P to S reg) and were available with either the B5234T-4 (2319cc) engine (18T turbo 250 bhp/350 N·m) and five-speed manual gearbox; or the B5234T-6 engine (16T turbo 240 bhp/310 N·m) and four-speed three-mode automatic gearbox. Both engines used the Bosch Motronic 4.4 engine management system. (0–60 7.3/8.1, 152/143 mph).

1999–2000 Volvo V70 station wagon (Australia)

Phase 2: were produced from March 1999 (UK S to T reg) and were only available with the B5234T-8 (2319 cc) engine (18T turbo 250 bhp/310 N·m) and four-speed adaptive automatic gearbox. These cars use the Bosch Motronic ME7 engine management system with drive-by-wire throttle and variable exhaust camshaft valve timing. (0–60 7.8 143 mph).

Phase 3: were produced from September 1999 till March 2000 (UK V to W reg) and were only available with the larger B5244RT (2435cc) engine (19T turbo 265 bhp/350 N·m) and five-speed adaptive automatic gearbox. Engine used stronger internal components. These also use the Bosch Motronic ME7 engine management system, drive-by-wire and VVT. These cars were fitted with twin tail pipes (first time Volvo fitted twin exhaust system), WHIPS system, and larger side SIPS airbags for head protection, and vented rear brake discs. (0–60 7.2 155 mph).

Latest generation of Road Traffic Information Satellite Navigation used on the Phase III's, this is the same CD based system used by Volvo up until 2003 and on the C70 until 2005.

Roof rails were changed now the same as V70XC.

Volvo sold 74 Phase III’s in the UK, split by colour: Black stone 5, Nautic Blue Pearl 10, Dark Olive Pearl 3, Silver Metallic 17, Laser Blue Metallic 33, Venetian Red Pearl 6

Trim and spec levels remained virtually unchanged throughout the 3 phases. Trim was Leather and Alcantara in either Beige or Grey/Black with aluminium trim on the dash and console (dark wood was an option on P1 and P2 cars). On P1 cars, the steering wheel was also leather/alcantara, but phase 2 and 3 had a thicker rimmed leather only wheel. Phase II and III had blue engine covers. Phase 3 cars had the option of contrasting grey/beige trim. These cars were virtually "fully-loaded" with very few options available (mainly pro-logic (£600), 6 CD boot mounted changer (£600), RTI-Satellite Navigation (£2500)) as they cost £37,000 when new.

All phases were available with either 16" or 17" roadwheels in either silver or anthracite with temp spare wheel. The 17" wheels were £100 more expensive.

The colours available were as follows: Phase 1 : Saffron, Black Stone, Nautic Blue, Silver, Regency Red Phase 2 : Laser Blue, Black Stone, Nautic Blue Pearl, Silver Metallic, Cassis, Venetian Red Pearl, Dark Olive Green Phase 3 : Laser Blue, Black Stone, Nautic Blue Pearl, Silver Metallic, Venetian Red Pearl, Dark Olive Green

First generation straight-5 engines

  • 2.0 10v
  • 2.0 Turbo 163 metric horsepower (120 kW; 161 hp)
  • 2.3
  • 2.3 Turbo
  • 2.3 R 240 metric horsepower (177 kW; 237 hp) in 1998
  • 2.3 R 250 metric horsepower (184 kW; 247 hp) in 1999
  • 2.4 R 265 metric horsepower (195 kW; 261 hp) in 2000
  • 2.5 10v 140 metric horsepower (103 kW; 138 hp)
  • 2.5 20v 170 metric horsepower (125 kW; 168 hp)
  • 2.5 Turbo 190 metric horsepower (140 kW; 187 hp)
  • 2.5 AWD 193 metric horsepower (142 kW; 190 hp)
  • 2.5 T5 (Turbo 5-cylinder) 225 metric horsepower (165 kW; 222 hp)
  • 2.5 TDI (Audi engine)


Euro NCAP evaluated the S70 (saloon variant of V70) in 1998 awarding it 4 of 5 stars for adult occupant protection. The S70 scored 7 of 16 points in the front test, and 16 of 16 in the side test. The car received 2 of 2 points available in the pole test. The S70 received a total of 25 of 37 points and therefore four stars (25-32) in Euro NCAP's evaluation.[2]

The S70 scored four of five stars for front impact protection for driver and front passenger in the NHTSA safety testing, and five out of five stars for driver and rear passenger side impact protection.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) granted the 850/S70 their highest rating of "good" for front crash protection. Rear crash protection was rated as "good".[3] Volvo's WHIPS system,[4][5] 1999 and newer, prevents whiplash by a seatback hinge mechanism that is standard equipment. There were no side impact tests conducted on behalf of the IIHS for the Volvo V70.

Second generation (1999–2007)

Second generation
2nd Volvo V70.jpg
2001-2004 Volvo V70 (US)
Production 2001–2007
Assembly Torslanda, Sweden,
Ghent, Belgium
Platform Volvo P2 platform
Engine(s) 2.0 L Turbo I5,
2.4 L I5,
2.4 L CNG/LPG I5,
2.4 L Turbo I5,
2.5 L Turbo I5,
2.4 L Diesel I5
Transmission(s) 5-speed manual,
6-speed manual,
5-speed automatic,
6-speed automatic
Wheelbase 2,756 mm (108.5 in)
XC: 2,764 mm (108.8 in)
Length 4,709 mm (185.4 in)
XC: 4,732 mm (186.3 in)
Width 1,803 mm (71.0 in)
XC: 1,859 mm (73.2 in)
Height 1,491 mm (58.7 in)
XC: 1,562 mm (61.5 in)
2003-07: 1,466 mm (57.7 in)
R: 1,448 mm (57.0 in)
Fuel capacity 70 L (15.4 imp gal; 18.5 US gal)
Volvo XC70 (US)
Volvo V70 R (US)
2005-2007 Volvo V70 (US)

In the end of 1999 (2001 for North America), Volvo released the all-new V70 based on the new P2 platform which itself was first used for the entirely Swedish-designed Volvo S80 saloon/sedan in 1997. This new car dispensed with the boxy shape of Volvos before it to take on a curvy profile much like the S40/S60 series, and added a new aggressive front end. Where the first generation V70 had a saloon variant (S70), the second generation lost the S70 as the new S80 was now seen to be the 'S70 for the new millennium'. The second generation of the V70 finished production for model year 2007.

The V70 shares the same sheet metal ahead of the B-pillar with the Volvo S60, although the grilles are different, and the front bumpers are mildly different. The dashboard and the majority of the interior of both cars are the same.

The V70 XC received a major upgrade on its suspension and equipped with 8.2 in (210 mm) minimum ground clearance.

As was the case with all P2 platform Volvos, a minor refresh of the V70 occurred across all markets for the 2005 model year, which brought minor styling changes to the front fascia, tail lamps, along with several improvements and changes to the interior fittings.


In the US market the V70 is available as front or all-wheel drive (AWD) with a Geartronic five-speed automatic transmission. A five-speed manual transmission was offered on the base 2.4 version, but few dealers stocked it. As before, there is an AWD-only off-road version with raised suspension, plastic body cladding and an interior grab handle. This version previously known as the V70 XC (Cross Country) was renamed to XC70 for this new model line.

Also following on from the previous generation was the use of five-cylinder, 20 valve inline transverse-mounted engines. All but the bottom range 2.4 employ turbochargers with either low- or high-pressure, depending on the model. The V70 five cylinder turbo engines in the US market are the base V70 2.5 litre light-pressure turbo straight-five engine with 211 metric horsepower (155 kW; 208 hp) at 5,000 rpm; and torque of 320 newton metres (236 ft·lbf) at 1,500–4,500 rpm, and the V70 T5 2.4 litre high-pressure turbo straight-five with 260 metric horsepower (191 kW; 256 hp) at 5,500 rpm; torque 350 newton metres (258 ft·lbf) at 2,100–5,000 rpm. For the US market, both of these engines are exclusively mated to a five-speed Geartronic automatic transmission.

This 2.4 litre high-pressure turbo straight-5 "T5" engine is used in a variety of Volvos, and as with most stock performance turbo engines the power output is quite limited by the stock Volvo engine tuning. The ultra high performance all-wheel drive V70R, using the same 2.5 litre engine in ultra high performance tune produces 300 metric horsepower (221 kW; 296 hp) and 400 newton metres (295 ft·lbf). The V70R is equipped with Volvo's 4C multi-mode suspension developed in conjunction with suspension experts Öhlins—allowing the driver to vary the cars handling depending on driving style and conditions. The V70R AWD has also larger Brembo brakes to provide high performance braking capabilities in line with its high performance characteristics.


Euro NCAP evaluated the S60 (saloon variant of V70) in 2001 awarding it 4 of 5 stars for adult occupant protection. The S60 scored 10 of 16 points in the front test and 16 of 16 in the side test. The car received 2 of 2 points available in the pole test. The S60 received a total of 28 of 37 points and therefore four stars (25-32) in Euro NCAP's evaluation.[6]

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) evaluated the Volvo S60 (sedan variant). The S60 was granted the IIHS's highest rating of "good" in front and rear tests. The S60 was awarded the Institute's second highest rating of "acceptable" in the side test. However, an improvement in the driver dummy's pelvis/leg rating from "marginal" to "acceptable" would yield an overall "good" rating in the side test.[7]

Third generation (2007-present)

Third generation
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Volvo XC70 (US)
Production 2007–present
Assembly Torslanda, Sweden
Class Executive car
Platform Y20 platform
Engine(s) 2.0 L I4,
2.0 L I4 Flexifuel,
2.5 L I5 Turbo,
2.5 L I5 FT Flexifuel,
3.2 L I6,
3.0 L I6 Turbo,
2.0 L I4 diesel,
2.4 L I5 hp diesel
Transmission(s) 5-speed manual,
6-speed manual,
5-speed automatic,
6-speed automatic
Wheelbase 2,816 mm (110.9 in)
XC: 2,815 mm (110.8 in)
Length 4,823 mm (189.9 in)
XC: 4,838 mm (190.5 in)
Width 1,861 mm (73.3 in) , 2,106 mm (82.9 in) Including mirrors.
XC: 2,119 mm (83.4 in)
Height 1,547 mm (60.9 in)
XC: 1,604 mm (63.1 in)
Fuel capacity 70 L (15.4 imp gal; 18.5 US gal)
Designer Thomas Alvoid
Volvo V70 (Europe)

The third V70 was officially unveiled by Volvo on 2 February 2007. The new V70 car was positioned and equipped to be slightly more up-market than the previous model, albeit being of the same size. Despite this fact the rear-seat legroom was increased by two centimetres and a revised tailgate design increases the load area volume by 55 L. The tailgate has optional motorized lift and closing action.

The Ford EUCD platform is used underneath the new V70, and much of the interior (other than the rear seats and loadbay) are shared with the second generation S80. Since the new V70 is only available as a front-wheel drive platform based on the new S80 platform, the US market V70/XC70 AWD are only available with the S80 FWD drivetrain, a 3.2 litre straight-six engine producing 238 metric horsepower (175 kW; 235 hp) at 6,200 rpm; torque of 320 newton metres (236 lb·ft) at 3,200 rpm - mated to a six-speed Geartronic automatic transmission. The S80 AWD engine choices, a 3.0 litre turbo-six with 285 metric horsepower (210 kW; 281 hp) at 5,600 rpm, torque 400 newton metres (295 lb·ft) at 1,500–4,800 rpm, and a 4.4 litre V8 engine with 315 metric horsepower (232 kW; 311 hp) at 5,950 rpm, torque 440 newton metres (325 lb·ft) at 3,950 rpm are currently not available in the V70 since they require the S80 AWD platform. To date, there are no plans known to bring a high performance AWD V70 on the US market.

The high performance V70R AWD, as well as the five-cylinder turbo engine range mated to a five-speed Geartronic automatic transmissions of the previous V70 generation were all discontinued. Even though it is the "corresponding" sedan, the US-market S60 series is still based on the older platform and offers two drivetrain options of older design, the 2.5 litre light-pressure turbo straight-five with 211 metric horsepower (155 kW; 208 hp) at 5,000 rpm; torque 320 newton metres (236 lb·ft) 1,500–4,500 rpm, and the 2.4 litre high-pressure turbo straight-five with 260 metric horsepower (191 kW; 256 hp) at 5,500 rpm; torque 350 newton metres (258 lb·ft) at 2,100–5,000 rpm. Both US market S60 engines are turbo fives, and are exclusively mated to a five-speed Geartronic automatic transmission. No manual transmissions or diesel engines so popular in other world markets are available for the US market V70 or S60 at this time. A manual transmission is available in the S60R.


The front seats and the rear bench are of orthopedic design to provide maximum comfort and support for all occupants. The V70 also features a high-end audio system. Dolby Pro-Logic systems and sub-woofers are also available as upgrades to the standard audio system.

Options include DVD navigation with map data and remote control, a rear seat DVD entertainment system with two headrest monitors, headlamp washers, integrated child booster seats, an integrated home link remote control garage door opener, rear-door child-safety locks, rear park assist, power-adjustable passenger seats with 3-position memory and lumbar support, heated front seats, an integrated grocery bag holder, a rear view mirror compass, an integrated sunglass holder, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a power glass moonroof, 12 volt power outlets, leather seats, rear tinted windows, and a rain sensor.

Anti-submarining seats and overhead-mounted seat belt reminder lights come standard. Other standard features for 2007 include Volvo on call roadside assistance for four years, rear window deactivation, safe approach and home safe lighting.


As standard, the vehicle is equipped with driver, passenger, side and curtain airbags. Also featured is the WHIPS whiplash prevention system on the front seats.

Third generation V70s are available with the BLIS blind-spot sensor system, that can detect vehicles otherwise hidden from view of the driver due to being just off to one side of the car.

As is typical for Volvos, all models feature daytime running lights to improve driver visibility and safety throughout the day. If an XC70 owner desires to have their daytime running lights turned off, they may do so at any authorized Volvo dealership.

The latest revision of the XC70 includes DSTC (standard on all models) - Dynamic Stability and Traction control, that combines the functions otherwise known as Electronic Stability Programme and traction control.

Euro NCAP evaluated the V70 in 2007 awarding it 5 of 5 stars for adult occupant protection. The V70 scored 15 of 16 points in the front test and 16 of 16 in the side test. The car was penalised 1 point in the pole test for improper deployment of the curtain airbag in both the original test and the re-test. The car received one of two points available in the pole test. The V70 was granted an additional two points for seat belt reminders of three available in this catergory. The V70 received a total of 34 of 37 points and therefore five stars (33-37) in EuroNCAP's evaluation.[8]

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) awarded the Volvo S80 (sedan varriant) their Top Safety Pick award. The S80 was granted the IIHS's highest rating of "good" in front, side, rear and roof strength tests and has Electronic Stability Control as standard equipment to receive the award.[9]


  1. ^ "Volvo V70 Marketing Positioning" (PDF)., Volvo Press Release. 
  2. ^ S70/1st generation V70 EuroNCAP evaluation
  3. ^ S70/1st generation V70 IIHS evaluation
  4. ^ Volvo's WHIPS Proven to Reduce Head and Neck Injury by 49 Percent
  5. ^ (Volvo Cars' Whiplash Protection System)—The Development and Real-World Performance
  6. ^ Volvo S60/2nd generation V70 EuroNCAP evaluation
  7. ^ Volvo S60/ 2nd generation V70 IIHS evaluation
  8. ^ 3rd generation V70 Euro NCAP evaluation
  9. ^ IIHS S80 rating

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Volvo V70 is a car produced by Volvo since 1996. It is currently in its third generation. An off-road version, the XC70, is also available. It replaced the 850, which itself had replaced the 200 Series, 700 Series and the 900 Series.


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