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2010 Volvo V70 T6 R-design review

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I have owned a 2010 Volvo V70 T6 R-Design for a year now and I still absolutely love it!

We'll start with the looks. Originally, the car looked a little boring and more like an "Old Man's Volvo". For a 21 year old like myself, this wasn't suitable. After finding 19-inch Genuine Volvo Alloys, I had them wrapped black and fitted with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S Tyres. I also blacked out the rear spoiler and mirror caps to add some extra styling. Now, the car is a "cooler" sporty wagon suitable for a young man like myself.

Jumping into the interior, you start to see its age. Although the Cream/Black Leather Interior has barely any creases and cracks, you can just tell it's ten years old. However, the comfort is not compromised. The electrically adjustable heated seats (with three-person memory) still have plenty of cush and definitely make it a comfortable drive. Vision is fantastic from the driver's seat. This is where the good for the interior ends.

The dash is a scratchy plastic material, and makes it lose its premium feel. There is no infotainment system except for the FM/AM radio, 6-stack CD (useless for a millenial) and AUX input. With the Bluetooth phone system, you can answer calls but there is no Bluetooth audio streaming which is a huge downfall. The DYNAUDIO Surround Sound System is fantastic however. Storage area is fantastic and so is the leather-wrapped steering wheel. Buttons on the steering wheel allow you to adjust your audio, answer phone calls and adjust your cruise control (which I'll touch on soon). Dual-zone climate control and heated seats help improve the ongoing arguments between my friends and I on whether 'it's too cold'...

Rear seat space is fantastic - even with my 6-foot-1 frame in the driver's seat - complemented with the cool integrated child booster seats, rear air con vents and centre arm rest with cupholders. Only down fall back here is that the windows down roll down all the way.

Open up the electric tailgate and you'll find a massive 573-litre boot space with rear seats upright. And who knows how much more with the seats down.

And now the part you're all waiting for - how does it drive? It is powered by a 3.0-litre turbo inline 6-cylinder, which I have had 'Polestar Enhanced'. This has taken the power from 210kW to 232kW and upped the torque to a staggering 480Nm - up from 400Nm. This car is effortless and a breeze to drive. Slip it over into Sport Mode and the 6-speed automatic gearbox knocks down a couple of gears and the beast launches off. Standstill performance is still fantastic, however I find giving it a push once already rolling is where this car performs best. For a two-tonne all-wheel drive family wagon, it is exceptional.

I bought this massive sporty wagon at 21 years old because I love the look of wagons, and this is such a rare car that it definitely catches the eye of a true car enthusiast. However, there are so many hits and misses. Bluetooth can do phone calls but not audio. Adaptive cruise works but there is no emergency braking. There is also no electric front passenger seat as well.

Overall, I love this car, and its definitely a catch if anyone is looking for something sporty and still spacious.

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