2006 Volvo V70 User Reviews
- $8,047 - $11,327
- well appointed , best initial quality of any previous V70
- none yet
I just bought this V-70 9 days ago. I have owned 6 Volvo's over the years and the 2006 has been the best so far in terms of fit, finish and no minor annoyances that usually plague European cars the first week of ownership. I drove a 620 mile trip last weekend and the car was a pure joy to drive. The leather seats are the best you will ever sit in. The Michelin tires give a quiet ride.
The dual climate controls keeps my wife and I in our own comfort zones without a battle over the temperature switch. My only want in that regard would be separate fan controls for each side.
The 2.4 liter engine is adequate for the 3500 car. It has enough power for the big hills and to get you on the expressway at speed from all but the shortest ramps
As much I as I like this car and all the previous Volvos I have owned. I have to say that if you are considering a Volvo V70 These are high maintaince cars that are prone to having minor problems or even major ones if scheduled services are missed or if the car is abused. This is not a car you want to have serviced at Jiffy lube or Walmart. If you want a car that never breaks down and can be serviced by any goober working at Walmart get a Toyota Camry. If you want to drive a fine car in comfort and safety buy a Volvo...read morehide
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- 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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- appearnce, room, fuel economy, comfort
- more road noise than i would expect from a $40K car
Bought car in august 2006 "leftover" $9K off sticker price. Great acceleration for a car of this size, Extremely comfortable seats. Did not want an SUV but with four dogs did want a wagon. Has all the room I could ever want. First Volvo ever owned but will probably continue to buy them. I am impressed with this automobile. Average in the low 30's for gas mileage....read morehide
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- Fast, MPG OK, fun to drive, gets looks everywhere it goes
- a bit too low, needs more cargo room, faster steering
this is the anti-SUV, I like the fact that it is different from anything else on the road..we are a select group of owners....
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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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- 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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- Tons of Room, Good Fuel Econ, Great Mid-Rev Power, Nice Trim
Looks great, comfortable ride, power where you need it, some nice touches. However, the 2.5T doesn't handle like a sports sedan and you slide on the seats if you push it in a turn. Don't like the center storage system either. I'm pretty happy with it as a family cruiser. People compare it to a BMW 3-series or Audi 4-series, which isn't apples to apples. The Volvo has more room and only if you move up in the trim, can you compare performance...read morehide
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