Volvo XC70

The Volvo XC70 is a a cross between an estate and a Sport utility Vehicle and has ten different version available.

Four engines are available on the Volvo XC70 - a 2.0-litre D3, a 2.4-litre D3 and 2.4-litre D5 are the diesel choices and there is a T6 petrol.

All Volvo XC70s have alloy wheels, a powered driver’s seat, a CD player and some form of air-conditioning.

Also included on the Volvo XC70 are roof rails, electric windows and door mirrors.

The third generation Volvo XC70 has the company’s Sensus infotainment system.

The exterior of the XC70 has a soft nose characterised by a larger grille and headlamps. The body panels of the Volvo XC70 are dark-coloured.

On the side of the XC70 are contrasting protective sections supplemented with a chrome moulding at the bottom of the doors.

There are pronounced wheel housings and framed side windows on the XC70.

The tailgate overlaps the tail lamps with the glass going further down at the sides. The rails are integrated into the A-pillar mouldings.

Exterior colours available for the Volvo XC70 are Flamenco Red metallic, Black Stone solid, Ice White solid, Silver metallic, Black Sapphire metallic, Caspian Blue metallic, Caper Green metallic, Electric Silver metallic, Ember Black metallic, Savile Grey metallic, Seashell metallic.

The interior of the XC70 has Volvo Sensus with information is presented on a five-inch or seven-inch colour screen in the upper part of the centre stack, a key feature which is not seen in used Volvo cars.

The screen is positioned high up in the XC60’s cabin. All the functions can be controlled via buttons built into the steering wheel or via touch buttons located just below the colour screen.

On the multimedia audio system the Volvo Sensus is upgraded with the larger seven-inch screen. It displays information and images including those from the navigation system, phone, reversing camera, panorama camera, DVD player and digital TV.

The Bluetooth connection has been upgraded so allows hands-free phone conversations and music streaming from a preferred Bluetooth enabled portable music player.

The interior of the XC70 has a slim centre stack and an audio system.

In addition to Sandstone Beige and Anthracite Black there is an Espresso Brown option for the interior.

There are also Blond highlight colours for the upholstery as well as a three-spoke steering wheel, inlays and interior lighting.

The Volvo XC70 has integrated dual child booster cushions that can be adjusted in two steps and the 40/20/40-split rear seat has integrated seat belts.

Electrically folding rear seat headrests are also available in the XC70.

The luggage compartment of the XC70 has a storage space under the floor that is locked when the tailgate is shut. A power tailgate is an option.

The Volvo XC70’s chassis uses different grades of high-strength steel to increase torsional rigidity by 15 per cent compared to the previous model.

Dynamic stability and traction control is a standard feature on the Volvo XC70.

When necessary the system  reduces engine torque and applies carefully calculated braking power to reduce the risk of a skid.

The Volvo XC70 can be optionally specified with an active chassis based on then company’s Four-C technology.

It is a self-regulating chassis system that uses a number of sensors to continuously monitor the car’s behaviour. The dampers are adjusted to suit the current driving conditions in fractions of a second.

Several versions of the Volvo XC70 come with all-wheel drive capability.

The system uses an ectronically controlled hydraulic clutch to distribute drive between the front and rear wheels to ensure road grip.

The system features instant traction which shifts drive from the front to the rear wheels when starting on a slippery or loose surface.