2013 Volvo XC70 Preview

Jeff Youngs | May 29, 2013
  • Choice of front- or all-wheel drive (FWD or AWD)
  • Vehicle boasts distinctive wagon-like profile
  • Keyless entry and ignition are now standard on all T6 models
  • Crossover vehicle is loaded with safety features
  • Higher suspension is standard feature on all models


The Volvo XC70 is Volvo's midsize, 5-seat, 5-door crossover luxury SUV that has a more station-wagon-like appearance than many competing SUVs. It's a family travel vehicle that's versatile enough to use for camping, tailgating, vacations, or as an everyday driver. The XC70 is known for its raised suspension: 8.3 inches of ground clearance. Volvo emphasizes the XC70's safety, smooth ride, and passenger-friendly features. In the United States, the Volvo XC70's competitors include the Ford Flex, Subaru Outback, Audi Q5, and Mercedes-Benz GLK350, among others. The 2013 Volvo XC70 is offered in two models: XC70 3.2 and the XC70 T6. The 3.2 is available in the base, Premier, Premier Plus, and Platinum trim levels; the T6 is offered in the same trim levels with the exception of the Premier, which is not available for the T6. The 3.2 comes standard with front-wheel drive (FWD); the T6 has standard all-wheel drive (AWD), which is optional on the 3.2.

Exterior Features

The 2013 Volvo XC70 is offered in eight colors: basic black and white, and metallic red, dark blue, Seashell, bronze, black, and silver. There is an additional charge for metallic colors. The base 3.2 model features 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, roof rails, automatic wipers, front and rear skid plates, and heated mirrors. The Premier trim level adds a sunroof, keyless entry and ignition, and rear privacy glass. Those features are standard on the base T6 model, which steps up to 18-inch wheels. The Premier Plus trim level adds active dual xenon headlights, power liftgate, cargo cover, and front and rear park-assist sensors.

Interior Features

Standard interior features on the Volvo XC70 3.2 model include dual-zone climate control, cruise control, cloth upholstery, 8-speaker sound system, leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, auto-dimming rearview mirror, power front seats, split-folding 40/20/40 rear seats, and full power accessories. The Premier trim level adds leather upholstery and a power passenger seat, which are standard on the base T6. The Premier Plus trim level adds power-folding rear head restraints. The Platinum trim level adds a 12-speaker sound system, navigation system, and rearview camera. The XC70 offers 33.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats. With rear seats folded, maximum cargo space is 72.1 cubic feet.

Optional Features

Several option packages are available for the Volvo XC70. A Climate package adds heat to the front and rear seats (or adds two-stage child booster seats, as an alternative), heated windshield washer nozzles, and Volvo's proprietary air filtration system. The booster seats are also available as a stand-alone option. The Technology package includes adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beam headlights, and a variety of extra safety features. Optional equipment on all models includes a blind-spot monitoring system, remote ignition, side scuff plates, silver crossbars, roof spoiler, cargo compartment mat, cargo organizer, rear-seat entertainment system, front and rear mudflaps, trailer hitch, rear park-assist camera, park-assist camera with Front Blind View, and the Polestar performance software.

Under the Hood

The Volvo XC70 3.2 is powered by a 3.2-liter, 240-horsepower, inline 6-cylinder engine that produces 236 lb.-ft. of torque. Front-wheel drive and a 6-speed automatic transmission are standard; AWD is optional. The XC70 T6 features a 3.0-liter, turbocharged, inline 6-cylinder engine rated at 300 horsepower and 325 lb.-ft. of torque, which works with AWD.

Fuel Economy

EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Volvo XC70 are:

  • XC70 with 3.2-liter engine and FWD: 19/25/21 mpg (city/highway/combined)
  • XC70 with 3.2-liter engine and AWD: 18/24/20 mpg
  • XC70 with 3.0-liter engine: 17/23/20 mpg


Standard safety features on the Volvo XC70 include anti-lock brakes, active front head restraints, front side air bags, and side curtain air bags. A blind-spot monitoring system and other safety enhancements are optional--including a proprietary pedestrian detection system that can apply full braking force in emergency situations.

To date, neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has published crash-test results for the 2013 Volvo XC70.


Volvo's optional Polestar Performance software enhances throttle response, torque and power, according to the manufacturer, without increasing the certified fuel consumption or affecting the vehicle's original warranty. The software re-calibrates hundreds of parameters that control the engine to increase the turbocharger boost pressure, re-optimize the ignition and fuel mapping, and re-calibrate the throttle response. Polestar Performance can be installed by any Volvo dealer.
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