Whether that alternative is founded aloft aesthetics or based aloft the above administration dynamics compared to a taller vehicle, the XC70 is abiding to amuse wagon enthusiasts and non-wagon lovers alike. My befalling to put the XC70 to the analysis took abode in the Arizona desert, area Volvo set us chargeless in the T6 Platinum adaptation of their accepted XC70.
Polestar is a Swedish aggregation that specializes in antagonism Volvo cartage and developing achievement genitalia for Volvo. In fact, Volvo and Polestar accept been partnered in this endeavour back 1996 with the ambition of acceptable achievement in a safe, amenable manner.
Thanks to a Polestar-developed agent ascendancy bore (ECM), the T6 powerplant is bumped to 325 application and 354 pound-feet of torque. Those aren’t bush numbers by any measure, and back funneled through a 6-speed automated manual to all four wheels, they admit head-snapping performance.
I was actually absolutely afraid by my tester’s adeptness to move smartly off the band and sustain its best un-Volvo-like delight to able-bodied above annihilation legal. Plunging the burke had my active accomplice and I adorable at anniversary added like able addicts experiencing their aboriginal rush. This babyish can move.
Yet the 2012 Volvo XC70 is about abundant added than activity in the fast lane, but afore we avenue to appraise added aspects of the Swedish wagon, I appetite to accent this vehicle’s adeptness to absorb corners.
While the agent provides competent all-wheel-drive absorption and has affluence of autogenous burden capacity, it manages to absorb car-like active qualities. And not the qualities of any old car, we’re talking cars with spirit; the blazon of car that has an ardent disciplinarian adorable for a set of curves to alteration through with a dosage of vigor.
I was actually afflicted with the adamant anchor of my XC70 T6 Polestar tester as I angled bound curves on the paved portions of the arresting Apache Trail aloof alfresco of Phoenix. The car dug in and captivated a band while actual collapsed and composed. This amount of athleticism would be one of the capital drivers influencing me to accept an AWD wagon over a taller crossover or SUV.
Unless the greater ambit of the closing are an important aspect in selecting an AWD multi-purpose vehicle, wagons such as the XC70 should be accustomed application by those in the market, abnormally if assurance and abundance are listed as priorities.
Comfort, assurance and appearance additionally emphasizedThe 2012 XC70 exhibits Scandinavian administration that’s smooth, commensurable and attractive. Volvo is boring address its acceptability for “conservative” architecture characteristics after compromising the accent of acumen and versatility, and the XC70 is an accomplished archetype of this trend.
Overall, the XC70’s berth is ablaze and airy. Visibility is acceptable and the advanced seats are actually divine, authoritative this agent a best adequate and able accomplice for continued journeys.
XC70 T6 wrapAlthough my testing was bound to the T6 Polestar adaptation of the 2012 XC70, I came abroad with a abundant stronger acknowledgment for the achievement capabilities of Volvo’s aberrant midsize wagon, and the quiet, defended abundance that it delivers.
A cornerstone of the Volvo cast is its charge to assurance and addressee protection, and these ethics are abundantly captured in the XC70. Part of that arrangement is City Safety, a arrangement developed by Volvo that recognizes an approaching blow and applies the brakes to accompany the agent to a stop afore appulse from speeds of 35 km/h or less. City Assurance is supplied as accepted accessories on all 2012 XC70s.
If there’s a beating adjoin the new XC70, it would be price. This can be an big-ticket auto back absolutely kitted. The abject XC70 is tagged at $43,995. I estimated the MSRP on my Platinum T6 tester, including the $1,495 Polestar dealer-installed achievement upgrade, to be bitter at $60K or so.