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2008 Volvo XC70 Wagon Crossover

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Benefits of Driving a 2008 Volvo XC70 Wagon Crossover

The new 2008 Volvo V70 and XC70 stand out for their roomy interior, ride comfort, and innovative child booster-seat system, with integrated, adjustable cushions. The XC70, additionally, is for many families an ideal alternative to a large sport utility vehicle. The new incorporation of several active safety systems also reinforces Volvo's reputation for producing some of the safest vehicles on the road.

What's new for 2008?

The Volvo V70 wagon and its more rugged counterpart, the XC70, have been completely redesigned for 2008. Both feature a new shape and a more contemporary appearance similar to that of the S80, and both are built on the same platform as the S80. The V70 and XC70 also get a smooth new six-cylinder engine in place of the former five-cylinder. For now, the sporty 'R' version is discontinued.

Model Strengths

  • Safety features
  • roomy interior and cargo space
  • terrific ride.

Model Review

Both the Volvo V70 and XC70 come only with a 3.2L in-line six-cylinder engine for 2008, making 235 horsepower and hooked up to a six-speed automatic transmission with Geartronic manual selection.

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Source: MSN Autos

The "crossover" is one of the fastest-growing vehicle segments in America. As fuel prices continue to rise, sales of large truck-based, gas-guzzling sport utes are heading south. In this climate, small car-based crossovers have become the SUV of choice.

The idea of a wagon-based crossover is nothing new. Back in 1996, Subaru broke new ground with the Outback, which was a station wagon with raised ground clearance and SUV styling cues. It wasn't long until Volvo joined in with the Cross Country, which used the same recipe as the Outback but started with the larger, more premium V70 wagon.

The XC70, as it's now called, has had great success in America and Volvo hopes to continue that success - as well as ride the crossover wave - with an all-new XC70.

New Look
The 2008 XC70 has been restyled, but in typical Volvo fashion that equates to subtle changes. In fact, most non-Volvo owners probably won't even realize it's been revamped. Up front, the grille and headlights are larger, and the integrated fog lights are emphasized with a satin surround. The most noticeable change is at the rear. The new tailgate features integrated taillights, and the brand in large letters. Overall, the new XC70 is a larger vehicle than its predecessor, with slightly higher ground clearance.

Inside, much of the styling introduced in the flagship S80 is carried over to the XC70, including the trademark IKEA-like slim center stack and flowing dashboard. The front seats are quite comfortable and supportive, while the roomy cargo area is equipped with aluminum rails to which a number of slick anchoring accessories can be hooked to aid in securing various loads.

Under the Skin
For the first time the XC70 is based on the S80 sedan rather than the S60. The result is a more spacious interior and considerably improved ride quality. It also provides the XC70 with a new powertrain. Standard on all XC70s is a 3.2-liter DOHC 6-cylinder engine producing 235 horsepower - an increase of almost 30 horses over the 2007 model. Teamed with the more powerful engine is a new 6-speed automatic transmission.

Though more powerful, fuel economy is about the same as the outgoing model - the lower ratings of 15 mpg city and 22 mpg highway are due to the EPA's new fuel economy rating methods for 2008. On my 500-plus mile drive to Seattle from Montana, I managed 21 mpg while averaging 65 mph.

Who Needs an SUV?
Volvo calls the XC70 a crossover SUV, but ultimately it is a station wagon - a term that seems to be taboo in America. With 8.3 inches of ground clearance and a savvy all-wheel-drive system, however, it can easily handle the "off-road" conditions the average consumer is likely to encounter.

Assuring traction is a computer-controlled Haldex all-wheel-drive setup with Instant Traction, which can shift up to 50 percent of the power to the rear wheels as needed. Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DSTC) as well as Hill Descent Control (HDC) are standard on the XC70, the latter feature is more commonly found on true off-road-ready SUVs.

My trek included over 35 miles of unimproved forest service roads, providing an excellent opportunity to sample the real-life benefits of the XC70. At points a narrow track with low overhead clearance due to a number of downed trees, the road proved to be no problem for the XC70 (which I was quite pleased about, given that it was in grizzly bear habitat).

Safety
In the 2008 XC70, an updated version of Volvo's Side Impact Protection System (SIPS) is standard, as is the active-headrest Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS). Another safety innovation: the world's first height-adjustable integrated booster seat. This ensures that children of varying heights remain in the best position in relation to the safety belt.

Most impressive is the Collision Warning with Brake Assist. The system warns the driver with an audible alert and flashing red light in the windshield if the XC70 is approaching another vehicle and the driver has not reacted. If a collision is imminent and driver reaction cannot prevent an accident, the brakes get applied to lessen the force of the collision.

Asked why the brakes could not be applied earlier to avoid the accident, Volvo engineers said they did not want the system intruding when the driver is still in control of the car. It's a difficult situation to interpret - knowing if an accident is pending or if the car is simply being driven aggressively.

Availability
The XC70 will be sold in a single trim level at a base price of $37,520, including destination charge. Major options include a rear-seat entertainment system, a Dynaudio 650-watt sound system, Adaptive Cruise Control with Collision Warning, and Volvo's Blind Spot Information System (BLIS).

In the increasingly competitive SUV/crossover/wagon segment of the market, Volvo's revamped XC70 remains a luxurious and capable option -- no matter what you call it.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Passenger On/Off Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Head side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Opt

Road Visibility

HID Headlights Opt
Daytime Running Lights Std
Fog Lamps Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Std
Intermittent Wipers Opt
Variable Inter. Wipers Opt
Rain Sensing Wipers Opt

Accident Prevention

Rear Parking Aid Opt

Security

Alarm Std
Anti-theft System Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

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Volvo Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

7-year/100,000-mile exclusionary warranty. The Volvo factory-backed CPO warranty fully covers every part not specifically excluded: including replacement/repair of thousands of components, systems and operations.
Age/Mileage Eligibility Model years less than 5 years with under 80k miles
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection 130+ Point Inspection
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible No

Learn more about certified pre-owned vehicles

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