2006 Volvo V70
There are 11 user reviews for the R trim shown below
- Great looking wagon with great performance. Seats 7
- reliability has been spotty
Let me start by saying I love this car. It's both great fun to drive and, at the same time, very useful and responsible. I have 4 small kids and so the rear seating is a necessity. The motor purrs during normal driving and growls when you want it. Not this is not a pontiac growl which is all exhaust and little go - quite the oposite. I have Michelin PS2's on it and I believe they are made of a special velcro and glue compound. The car hugs the twisties and has no sag or lean.
All of this being said, on my 2004 V70R, I've relaced (on separate visits)
all four brake rotors
all four wheel bearings
both Xenon lamp complete housings (faulty contacts resulting in idiot lights in dash)
Shifter linkage (leaving me stranded and forced to test the Volvo On call towing thing - which was efficient and free)
I'm somewhat leary about proceding with this car when the warrantee expires (4 years or 50k) All repairs have been COMPLETELY covered by the warrantee and the service department of my NJ dealership have been great.
If I decide to trade it in, I will certainly consider another. Where else can you get such a balance of usefulness, responsibility, and fun......read morehide
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- great acrgo cap.
- poor fuel economy, terrible front r/l blind spot, turn radius less than prev model
nice car. i traded my 98 v70r for the 2006. 2006 is nicer however is much less sporty, lower performance, it's more of an old mans car than anything else. I've only had the car to 140 so far, the wife did not appreciate that. Whatever you do, change the perelli's rosso's to an all season like the conti's, michelin's or the all season perelli's. i have noting to rave about like i did with the 98'......read morehide
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- Low insurance costs; traction control; active, driver selectable suspension; acceleration; braking
- Sluggish at launch; needs a sub-woofer; MPG dives when driven hard
I took delivery of my 2006 V70R in at the Factory Delivery Center in Gothenburg, Sweden and got it back stateside last week.
I ripped down the autobahn at speeds up to 150MPH. The difference in control offered through the selectable suspension defies my ability to describe. You can SAFELY cruise at high speed with the rock-hard ADVANCED setting and then head into the city with the setting at the much softer COMFORT to get a smooth ride on rougher roads. SPORT is a nice compromise for having some fun stateside. After that experience, I'm actually LESS likely to go really fast in the good 'ol USA -- the roads aren't designed for it and the driving style (bordering on unconsciousness) makes it practically suicidal if you aren't truly alone.
Nobody expects a station wagon (estate sedan, as the body style is more elegantly described in Europe) to hunker down and take off like a rocket. The element of surprise is priceless when blowing the doors off a butthead. A typical American muscle car (Mustang GT, for example) will likely take you off the line (unless the driver is incompetent and relies on the non-existent traction control to prevent wheel spin), but the R will crush it if the road isn't straight. A friend of mine following me on a crotch rocket motorcycle was astonished by what it could do and how quiet it is.
The dynamic suspension and traction control are amazing. One professional review complained that it "over-controlled" the car, "not letting it be driven to the edge". I'm not a professional driver -- I do not WANT to be "on the edge"! Case in point, I was whipping around a blind cloverleaf and found myself about to introduce myself to the minivan putting along in front of me. Ooops! Not surprisingly, the car was upset (as was I -- do NOT try that at home!). If I was driving any other car, I'm confident that I would have lost control, slid off the road and crashed. However, it squirmed a little and kept totally in control, thus giving me more than enough margin to slow down in time and save me from my own stupidity.
The enormous 4-piston Brembo brakes not only look awesome (13� discs and stylized calipers), they give you the ability to take speed off in a real hurry. When a car going a mere 80 pulled in front of me at close quarters while I was going 125, I was given the opportunity to prove it. It scared my wife and the contents of the car shifted a bit, but there was never any real danger.
The cockpit design is a visual masterpiece (especially impressive at night), and the seats could be used for home-theater seating. The integrated booster seats are divinely inspired, and there is even room for a toddler car seat in between (although it�s tight). My kids love it, especially the �garage door� over the cup holders.
I�m disappointed that they cheapened the flip-up grocery holder compared to my �01 T5, and the stereo is a bit weak. I�m hoping a couple hundred bucks on an aftermarket sub-woofer solves that. I�m also going to have the unanticipated cost of winter wheels and tires, but the safety and performance the specialized summer/winter season rubber buys is worth it in a 4-season climate.
The torque curve is amazing, and the 300HP output is more than enough to top out at the electronically limited 155MPH. It�s a wee sluggish off the line, but once launched it has lots of �go� and pleasantly little turbo lag. Over 1950RPM, the acceleration is reminiscent of taking off in a jet and stays flat at 295ft/lbs to 5250RPM. The 6800RPM red line gives you lots of room to play, although torque noticeably falls off over 6000.
The 6-speed manual is growing on me after 2300 miles. I didn�t think I would find any value in more than 5 cogs, but the ability to control where you are on the tachometer is wonderful. Cruising at 60, you can accelerate with authority in 6th, yet the option exists to drop it all the way into third and take off like a shot....read morehide
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- Good Fuel
- ITS TO GOOD
This car is the best car i have ever seen i never have problems when i drive it not a lot of gas lot of room for the family
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- Excellent Highway cruiser w/ sports sedan reflexes in R trim. Good gas mpg. Excellent safety.
- Turning radius is too large,
My 2004 V70R has been an absolute joy to own over the past 40K miles. It makes regular jaunts across country carrying the family in complete comfort and safety. For the money the V70R is hard to beat, having 300hp and awd in a flexible wagon package for around $40K. Not to mention Volvo's renown reputation for safety. After doing alot of research for a reliable European car the Volvo came out ontop. Volvo for life....read morehide
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- Space, all the needed creature comforts and LOTS of available ponies. YEE HAW!
- Ah....maybe not as fuel efficient as I had hoped. Turning radius
How do I love thee...let me counts the ways!
1) The car is super practical.
2) It allows me to be the reponsible dad and husband when the family is around and the "bring it on brat" when I am alone.
3) The customized suspension settings are a real treat. Find myself pressing these buttons more than any other.
4) Get the bluetooth option. Lets you keep the hands on the wheel for some fun.
5) Turing radius. Well, not a huge issue, but in some of the smaller parking lots, it turns like a Sherman Tank.
6) Came from a WRX. Think I like this better (maybe my age). Believe me, that is saying alot!...read morehide
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- Handles like a sports car, amazing pick up, adjustable suspension reacts 500 times per second
- None, car is flat out an engineering marvel
This car could blow the doors off anything on the road, sans exotics. Also, hit the "comfort" button on the dash and then it turns into a ride like a caddy.
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- Multiple supension settings, front and passenger seat comfort
- Car has been in the shop for a month and is only 6 months old
Worst car I've ever owned. 2006 V70r. I've owned it for 6 months and it has been in the shop for a month total already. Suspension wears out tires - gone through one set already - due to bad settings from volvo. Computer system has been upgraded twice because the car runs after you shut it off. Spoken to Volvo corporate and they say they can't do anything about it.
I'm trading in the car this week for a big loss. I would not buy any volvo vehicle after this experience and am going back to audi - who never let me down....read morehide
6 out of 17 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- solid performance, good fuel eceonomy, safety, overall solid car
- turning radius, stereo
Great family car for those dads that still want to drive a performace car. Other than stereo (you definetely need to get a subwoofer) and turning radius being very long, I can not find any fault with this car. i think it is definetely worth extra few thousands over the 2.5T and xc70. Performace close to e500 Mercedes Benz yet not as expensive. Interior is not as luxurious as mercedes but again, it is much cheaper than MB....read morehide
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- Excellent AWD performance, well appointed interior, good visibility, safety, appearance
- Ride a bit rough, limited turning radius
I've researched all autos in this class. This is by far the best AWD station wagon in this price range - offering superior performance/pick-up, numerous first-line standard features including a very user-friendly steering wheel controlled nav system. Particularly, I found the all around visibility, permitting great situational awareness, and thus safety to be the best of any station wagon, and by far, SUV available. This is in a solidly built, safe, relatively economical, practical, very attractive and all around great performing vehicle....read morehide
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