With its cuff protection and raised suspension, the 2018 Volvo XC70 can be an appealing choice if you want to do a lot of driving on gravel and dirt roads whilst still enjoying some bit of comfort and luxury. However, many crossovers in the segment can do the same and come in newer designs. Some of its upsides include a light-duty off-rad ability, ample cargo capacity, numerous safety features, a fuel-sipping four-cylinder engine, and supportive front seats. Its date of release is expected in the latter half of 2018.
New add-ons for 2018 include a more fuel-efficient turbocharged engine, an updated infotainment system, and addition of a few standard features. When people consider purchasing a luxury crossover to bounce up o that vacation cabin or handle the latest snowstorm without looking worse for the wear, the first thing that hits their minds is a crossover Sports Utility Vehicle.
But have you ever thought of a luxury wagon like the 2018 Volvo XC70 that is constructed with the sole purpose of handling such duties? Well, now you know. The XC70 comes with some features that can enable it do those things: a raised suspension for additional ground clearance, an available all-wheel-drive system, lowered body panels with a material that resist scratches and hacks, and a front and rear underbody skid plates. This vehicle is meant particularly for those buyers who don’t have the in-thing about crossovers.
The vehicle is still practical despite sporting the upgrades. It offers a spacious cargo volume than most of its competitors. Also, a reputation so dear to Volvo is well-preserved – a slew of modern safety features.
Things only get better under its hood. The XC70 comes with a new 2.5L turbocharged inline-5 engine that replaces the previous 3.0L inline-6 and 3.2L inline-6 base engines. Another engine that we believe will be still suitable is the old 3.0L engine that, despite offering unimpressive fuel-efficient values, offers a powerful output.
It is always a good idea to window-shop around before making an ultimate decision. Some alternatives which you should consider sampling include the 2018 Audi Allroad, and the 2018 Subaru Outback.
Available Trims – Volvo XC70
The five-passenger 2018 Volvo XC70 wagon is offered in a walloping four trims: base T5 Drive-E, T5 Platinum, T5 all-wheel-drive, and the top-of-the-line T5 AWD Platinum. The T5 Premiere is reviewed separately.
Interior Redesign & Exterior Colors – 2018 Volvo XC70
The base T5 Drive-E and T5 all-wheel-drive come equipped with driver memory settings, heated side mirrors, 18” alloy wheels, heated power front passenger seat, a 7” central display, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, underbody skid plates, foglights, an eight-way power driver seat, roof rails, and a 40/20/40-split rear seat.
Standard technology features include Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, USB audio interface, smartphone app integration, an eight-speaker premium sound system, a CD player, Volvo’s Sensus Connect system, low speed forward collision mitigation and notification, and satellite and HD radio.
The T5 Premiere package adds an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a sunroof, rear privacy glass, a configurable instrument cluster, a navigation system, and leather upholstery.
Next up is the Platinum trim that tacks in all the contents of the above package plus Harman Kardon premium sound system, a blind spot monitoring system, adaptive xenon headlights, interior accent lighting.
The Technology package adds a driver alertness monitor, an upgraded collision mitigation system, automatic high-beam headlight control, adaptive cruise control, road sign information display, and lane departure warning system.
Stand-alone options available include dual displays, rear parking sensors, a rear entertainment system, and integrated rear child bolsters.
Engine Specs – 2018 Volvo XC70
A turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine rated at 240 hp and 258 lbs. of torque comes equipped under the hood of the 2018 Volvo XC70. Transmitting the power to the front wheels is an eight-speed automatic transmission system.
The fuel economy estimates as per EPA are 23/31/26 mpg in the city/highway/combined. The fuel consumption ratings are impressive due to the available stop-start system which is popular for its ability to automatically shut off the engine when the vehicle has stopped thereby saving a lot of gas.
The performance-themed T5 AWD trim gets a 2.5L inline-5 turbocharged engine rated at 250 horsepower and 266 lbs. of torque. The power is transferred to all the wheels via the six-speed automatic transmission system.
Price & Release Date – 2018 Volvo XC70
Expect the 2018 Volvo XC70 to cost you an MSRP of $37,100. Its date of release is expected sometime late next year. Also, you will get an owners-manual which details everything you need to know about the vehicle upon purchasing it.