2008 Volvo V70

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What Changed for 2008:
  • Moves from S60 to S80 platform

  • New 3.2-liter, inline 6-cylinder engine

  • New integrated height-adjustable child seats

  • Adaptive cruise control newly offered

  • New styling inside and out

  • Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) now available

  • Larger exterior dimensions

  • New driver alert control technology

First introduced for the 1998 model year, the Volvo V70 has been a 4-door station wagon version of the S60 4-door sedan. For 2008, the V70 moves to the slightly larger S80 platform. A 3.2-liter, inline 6-cylinder engine replaces the normally aspirated and turbocharged 5-cylinder engine. A high-performance R model is no longer offered. V70 is only available with front-wheel drive. Seating is for 5, with two rows of seats. The 2008 V70 gets a number of new technologies, including Volvo's Blind Spot Information System, personal car communicator, driver alert control, and adaptive cruise control that comes with collision warning with brake support.

Model Lineup
The 2008 Volvo V70 is offered as a single model. Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control; front and rear fog lights; remote keyless entry; 40/20/40-split folding second-row seat; cargo floor rails with movable anchor points; cloth upholstery; tilt/telescoping steering wheel with redundant audio controls; 80-watt, AM/FM/CD stereo with auxiliary audio input jack; heated outside mirrors; 8-way power adjustable driver's seat with memory; and P215/55R16 all-season tires on aluminum alloy wheels. Options consist of front and rear park assist; sunroof; interior air filter; power tailgate; roof rails; auto-dimming rearview mirror; heated front seats; 8-way power adjustable passenger seat; 160-watt, AM/FM stereo with 6-disc CD changer; navigation system; Sirius satellite radio; leather upholstery; dual-screen rear DVD entertainment system; integrated dual outboard child booster seats; P225/50R17 tires on alloy wheels; BLIS; Volvo's Personal Car Communicator; active bi-Xenon headlights that swivel when the steering wheel is turned to illuminate curves; and adaptive cruise control that also has collision warning with brake support.

The 2008 Volvo V70 comes with a 3.2-liter, inline 6-cylinder engine that makes 235 hp and 236 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine replaces a 168-hp, normally aspirated, 2.5-liter, inline 5-cylinder engine and a 208-hp, turbocharged, 2.5-liter 5-cylinder engine. The transmission also changes from a choice of 5-speed manual or 5-speed automatic to a 6-speed automatic with a manual shift gate. At the time of writing, fuel economy numbers were not yet available. The all-wheel-drive system is meant for on-road use and does not have low-range gearing. It is biased toward front-wheel drive, but a hydraulically controlled hydraulic clutch can send power to the rear wheels when needed. The V70 comes with a 4-year/50,000-mile powertrain warranty. The V70 can tow up to 3300 pounds.

Dual front air bags, seat-mounted front side-impact air bags, and side curtain air bags for both seating rows are standard on the 2008 Volvo V70. The side-impact air bags have two chambers: one for the hips, which can withstand a greater force, and one for the chest. A tire-pressure monitor, ABS with brake assist (BA), traction control and stability control are also standard, as is Volvo's WHIPS whiplash protection system, which moves the headrests forward in a crash to lessen the chance of whiplash, Volvo claims. When adaptive cruise control is ordered, it comes with collision warning with brake support. This system uses radar to monitor the area in front of the vehicle. If the car gets too close to the vehicle in front of it, the system flashes a warning light and sounds a buzzer. If there is still no reaction, the system readies the brakes by placing the pads against the rotors and amplifying brake pressure to shorten stopping distances when the driver does react, Volvo explains. Later in the model year, Volvo will roll out a system that will also apply the brakes if the vehicle gets too close to the vehicle in front of it. Volvo's BLIS is also optional. It uses cameras in the mirrors to detect vehicles in the driver's blind spots and warns the driver with lights. Front and rear park assist is optional. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have yet to crash test the 2008 Volvo V70.

Volvo's dual integrated child seats can be set to two heights. Volvo's Personal Car Communicator is a keyless entry system with a fob that can tell the driver if the car is locked or unlocked and if the alarm has been triggered. If the alarm has gone off, the fob will indicate if a person is inside the vehicle by means of a heartbeat sensor. The navigation system is DVD-based and comes with a remote control. A DVD rear-entertainment system with two screens is offered. Due later in the 2008 model year is Volvo's Driver Alert System, which includes Lane Departure Warning and Driver Alert Control. Both use a camera mounted in front of the rearview mirror. If the camera detects the car crossing a road line without the use of a turn signal, the lane-departure warning system sounds a chime to alert the driver. Driver Alert Control analyzes data collected by the camera and evaluates if the driver is in danger of losing control of the vehicle. If the system determines the driver is driving erratically, it sounds an audible warning and flashes a cup of coffee symbol in the information display to urge the driver to take a break.

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