What Changed for 2009:
- New XC70 T6 AWD model with 3.0-liter turbocharged inline 6-cylinder engine
- Standard Bluetooth hands-free connectivity on 3.2 model
- New Technology package on 3.2 model
Volvo introduced the XC70 in 1999. Since that first model, the XC70 has basically been a raised, all-wheel-drive (AWD) version of the Volvo V70 wagon. For 2009, the XC70 adds a new T6 AWD model to the lineup, while the 3.2 AWD remains mostly carryover. The XC70 features two rows of seats for 5-passenger capacity. The optional Collision Avoidance package, which was introduced in 2008 midway through the model year, includes many of Volvo's safety technology features, such as adaptive cruise control, Collision Warning with Auto Brake, Distance Alert, lane-departure warning, and Driver Alert Control.
The 2009 Volvo XC70 is offered in two trims: 3.2 AWD and T6 AWD, the latter of which is new for 2009. Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control; remote keyless entry; AM/FM stereo with 6-disc CD player and auxiliary input jack; roof rails; 40/20/40-split folding second-row seat; cloth upholstery; cruise control; tilt/telescoping steering wheel; trip computer; and P215/65R16 all-season tires on aluminum alloy wheels. The T6 features standard 17-inch Sargas alloy wheels, dual tailpipes, and a T6 badge on the tailgate.
Options for the XC70 are primarily bundled into packages. An available Premium package adds an auto-dimming rearview mirror; universal garage door opener; sunroof; leather upholstery; power front passenger's seat; and wood trim. A Convenience package comes with a power rear liftgate; interior air filter; rear grocery bag holder; 12-volt power outlet in the cargo area; front and rear park assist; and dark tinted rear windows. The XC70's Climate package has heated front and rear seats; headlight washers; heated windshield washer nozzles; and rain-sensing windshield wipers. A new Technology package for the 3.2 features active bi-Xenon headlamps with auto level control, Sirius satellite radio, Dynaudio premium sound, and rear-seat headphone jacks with audio controls. Stand-alone options consist of 17-inch wheels on the 3.2 or 18-inch wheels on the T6; integrated dual outboard child booster seats; navigation system; dual-screen rear DVD entertainment system; blind-spot information system (BLIS); and Volvo's Personal Car Communicator.
The 2009 Volvo XC70 comes with a 3.2-liter, inline 6-cylinder engine that produces 235 hp and 236 lb.-ft. of torque. The new T6 model's powerplant is a turbocharged inline six that puts out 281 hp and 295 lb.-ft. of torque. Both engines are matched to a Geartronic 6-speed automatic transmission with a manual shift gate. Fuel economy is estimated by the EPA at 15 mpg city/23 mpg highway for the 3.2, or 15 mpg city/22 mpg highway for the T6. The standard AWD system comes with Hill Descent Control that uses the XC70's anti-lock braking system (ABS) and engine braking to control speeds down steep inclines. The AWD system is biased toward front-wheel drive, but a hydraulic clutch can send power to the rear wheels when needed. The XC70 comes with a 4-year/50,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Standard safety equipment on the 2009 Volvo XC70 includes dual front air bags; seat-mounted front side-impact air bags; and side curtain air bags for both seating rows. The side-impact air bags have two chambers: one for the hips and one for the chest. A tire-pressure monitor, ABS with brake assist (BA), traction control, and stability control are also standard. Volvo's WHIPS whiplash protection system moves the headrests forward in a crash to lessen the chance of whiplash, Volvo claims. Front and rear park assist is optional, along with Volvo's blind-spot information system (BLIS). BLIS uses cameras in the mirrors to detect vehicles in the driver's blind spots and warns the driver with lights when a vehicle is in the blind spot.
When adaptive cruise control is ordered as part of the available Collision Avoidance package, 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 from the driver, 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. Later in the model year, Volvo will offer an enhanced system that will also apply the brakes if the vehicle gets too close to the vehicle in front of it.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have yet to crash test the Volvo XC70.
Volvo's Personal Car Communicator is a keyless entry system with a fob that can tell the driver whether the car is locked or unlocked and whether the alarm has been triggered. If the alarm has gone off, the fob can indicate if a person is inside the vehicle thanks to an onboard heartbeat sensor.
Volvo's Driver Alert System, which includes lane-departure warning and Driver Alert Control, and is part of the available Collision Avoidance package, uses 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 also analyzes data collected by the camera and evaluates if the driver is in danger of losing vehicle control. If the system determines the driver is driving erratically (due, for instance, to fatigue), it sounds an audible warning and flashes a cup of coffee symbol in the information display to urge the driver to take a break.