2008 Volvo V70 T6 First Steer & Review
Model tested: Volvo V70 T6
Recommended Retail Price: $67,950
Options fitted: Radar cruise control ($3,950); Speed sensitive power steering ($750); sunglass holder ($100); Volvo navigation system ($3,950); sunroof ($2,150).
Styling, impressive handling, interior room, safety
Satellite navigation a bit dated and slow
– by Paul Maric
Before you reach for your e-mail icon to write me a letter of annoyance over double testing of cars – this is NOT the Volvo XC70. Although it resembles Volvo’s latest iteration of the cross-country soft-roader, the all-new V70 is a different beast altogether.
For starters, the new Volvo V70 only comes in one guise for the Aussie market. The ‘T6’ title refers to the unit under the bonnet. The turbocharged 3.0-litre inline 6-cylinder motor pulsates 210kW and a very brisk 400Nm of torque. Power is delivered via a 6-speed automatic gearbox. All these turbocharger shenanigans return a fuel consumption figure of 11.3-litres/100km – pretty modest when you consider the performance!
If the acceleration doesn’t blow you away, the handling certainly will. Coupled with a Haldex all-wheel-drive system, the V70 has tremendous grip through corners. Sitting on 18” wheels with 245-wide Pirelli Pzero tyres, grip levels are prodigious – making it the best way to drop the kids off to school and make it home before your favourite morning show begins.
The interior is typical Volvo – clean and sleek. The quality of materials used is extremely impressive, as is the fit and finish. The cabin is very quiet at highway speeds, indicating good cabin sealing. Front and rear leg room caters for families, with more than enough space for adults to stretch out.
The advanced key fob allows the drive to obtain information about the car’s status, meaning that you will never have to think back and try to remember if you have locked the car, as the key stores the last state.
Optional radar cruise control allows the driver to maintain a set distance between their vehicle and the car in front. This allows the driver to concentrate on one thing – driving. The system can also pre-emptively brake for the driver if it senses an impact is imminent, this further reduces the braking distance in the event of a collision.
Dual-stage booster seats in the rear now allow children to see out the windows, while also catering for their safety. The seats act as boosters to assist with head positioning in side impacts – optimising protection in the event of an impact.
Pricing begins at $67,950 for the T6. Options such as satellite navigation, sunroof, radar cruise control and ventilated seats can be optioned at extra cost, indicating Volvo’s commitment to technology and the latest comfort possibilities.
Standard features include: Premium sound system (12 Dynaudio speakers); 6-disc in-dash CD-player; fog lights; active bi-xenon headlights; leather seats; leather wrapped steering wheel; central locking; dual zone climate control; self opening and closing tailgate; IAQS (Interior Air Quality System); electric front seats; heated front seats; cruise control and auto dimming rear vision mirror.
Standard safety features include: ABS brakes with EBD, EBA; emergency brake light flashing; driver and front passenger dual stage airbags; inflatable side curtain airbag; SIPS (Side Impact Protection System); WHIPS (Whiplash Protection System); dynamic stability and traction control; headlight washers; front and rear parking sensors; hydraulic handbrake and water repellent rear view mirrors.
I was nothing short of amazed with Volvo’s latest car. It’s the definition of safety – complete with a 5-star EuroNCAP safety rating – while also impressing when thrown through a few bends.
In my opinion, there is no better way to move the family around in style, class and safety. The all new V70 T6 is here to stay and will leave you impressed, no matter how much you refuse to like a Volvo.
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2008 Volvo V70 T6 Specifications
Top speed: 245km/h
Safety: Electronic stability control- front air bags – side airbags – curtain airbags – front seatbelt pre-tensioners and load limiters.
EuroNCAP rating: 5-stars
Turning circle: 11.2m
Fuel tank: 70 litres
Fuel consumption : 11.3 litres/100km
Fuel type: 98RON premium unleaded