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2009 Volvo V70 Wagon

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  • $32,900 original MSRP
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2009 Volvo V70 Wagon

Benefits of Driving a 2009 Volvo V70 Wagon

The 2009 Volvo V70 and XC70 stand out for their roomy interior, ride comfort and innovative child booster-seat system with integrated, adjustable cushions. The XC70, can be seen as an ideal alternative to a large sport utility vehicle. With the availability of a new 3.0L turbocharged 6-cylinder, the XC70 T6 offers athletic performance to match its good looks. The 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 2009?

Following a complete redesign in 2008, the Volvo V70 wagon sees no significant changes for 2009, though its more rugged counterpart, the XC70, adds a new model--the T6. The T6 features a turbocharged 3.0L six-cylinder that delivers 281 horsepower and 295 ft-lb of torque.

Model Strengths

  • Safety features
  • roomy interior and cargo space
  • excellent ride
  • powerful turbocharged I6 engine available

Model Review

Volvo has been making appealing wagons for decades, and the V70 and XC70 certainly add to that legacy.

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Source: The Car Connection

TheCarConnection.com's editors have driven the Volvo V70 and bring you their driving impressions and overall take on this versatile wagon. Then TheCarConnection.com researched posted reviews on the 2009 Volvo V70 to gather the most useful observations all in one place.

The Volvo V70 is the modern interpretation of Volvo's traditional boxy wagon. Carried over from last year's redesign are bolder exterior styling, fashionable interior appointments, and safety features such as integrated child booster seats.

The only transmission for the 2009 V70 is a six-speed automatic with a manual-select mode, and the V70 comes only with front-wheel drive. Powering the V70 is a 3.2-liter, 238-horsepower inline six-cylinder engine. The six-cylinder engine gives adequate but not particularly fast acceleration, though the transmission can balk when a downshift is needed for hills. The ride is soft and absorbent, making for good ride comfort even on rough roads, and its interior is hushed. The setup doesn't feel sporty, however, with steering that's light and precise but without much feedback.

The interior space of the 2009 Volvo V70 is split into three sections to optimize the mix of cargo and passenger space. For the smallest passengers, the second row can be outfitted with integrated two-position booster seats--a world first, Volvo says--that eliminate the need for aftermarket strap-ins. The versatile arrangement affords seating for three adults in the rear, while also folding forward flat in a single motion.

The V70's instrument panel is the same fashionable design of the S80 sedan, with its simplified, horizontal layout complemented by a "floating" center stack that borrows its look from flat-screen monitors and high-end audio systems. Instead of using complex screen-driven controls, Volvo lays out the climate controls in particular in a very intuitive way, and the available navigation system's screen tucks neatly inside the dash when not in use.

Cargo space is impressive, and under the flat cargo floor, there's another hidden compartment good for smaller items. Up front, the seats in the 2009 Volvo V70 are among the best in any vehicle, for taller occupants especially; the standard units are firm yet comfortable, while the available perforated heated and cooled options are definitely worth the extra money.

The 2009 Volvo V70 has not yet been crash tested in North America, but it's loaded with other safety features such as front side airbags, side-curtain bags, active front head restraints, anti-lock brakes, and electronic stability control.

The 2009 V70 comes in a single, well-equipped model that includes standard features such as heated mirrors, cruise control, steering-wheel audio controls, dual-zone climate control, and a power driver's seat with memory settings.

High-tech safety features are, of course, part of the 2009 V70's repertoire and includes a Blind Spot Information System (BLIS), which detects when a vehicle is beside and just behind the V70 and warns the driver with a light at the base of the side-view mirror. Also included with adaptive cruise control in the Collision Avoidance Package is a collision warning system that applies the brakes when a crash is anticipated. There's also a keyless entry and ignition system called the Personal Car Communicator, which will actually detect the heartbeat of an intruder and warn the owner at a distance on the key fob, and Driver Alert Control, a system that follows lane markings and warns the driver if it suspects concentration is waning and it's time for a coffee break.

For 2009 there have been a few more standard items added, such as Bluetooth hands-free phone interface and fog lights. A new Technology Package is also now available and includes active bi-xenon gas discharge headlamps with washers, Sirius Satellite Radio, a Dynaudio Premium Sound System, and rear seat headphone jacks and audio controls. Most major options are arranged in packages--the aforementioned Technology Package and the Premium, Collision Avoidance, Convenience, and Climate packages--the addition of which can make the V70 an expensive acquisition.


The Bottom Line:

The 2009 Volvo V70 looks a lot more with the times than the Volvo wagons of the past, but there's just as much of an emphasis on utility and safety.

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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
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Head side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

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
Handsfree Wireless Std

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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