Vehicle Profile: The 2012 Volvo XC70
The 2012 Volvo XC70 is the premium crossover designed for those who love to drive. To take your experience behind the wheel to even greater heights, this year, Volvo offers a host of improvements including a new trim-level strategy (Premier, Premier Plus and Platinum) that makes it easier than ever to outfit the XC70 to your exacting demands.
The hallmark of a true driver’s vehicle is superior control at speed. In the new 2012 XC70 (MSRP $32,950), Volvo took its unmatched expertise in safety technology and applied it to enhancing driver control at every level with systems that can actually prevent accidents and help to counter driver distraction and fatigue. You’ll find new technology aimed at enhancing driver control inside the XC70 as well where the Volvo SENSUS telematics system joins the bountiful slate of standard features – replacing last year’s pop-up screen with a choice of color displays mounted high in a redesigned “floating” center stack.
Volvo sells the five-seat XC70 in two versions: The high-value 3.2 model and the enthusiast-oriented T6 AWD model.
The 3.2 model is propelled by a 3.2-liter inline six-cylinder making 240 hp and 236 lb/ft of torque. Once again, advanced technology comes into play, as engine enhancements such as Continuously Variable Valve Timing and Cam Profile Switching help to deliver responsive performance and responsible carbon dioxide emissions. In fact, both models of the XC60 meet California’s stringent Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle II (ULEV II) emission standard while the 3.2 edition returns a thrifty EPA-estimated 25 mpg on the highway.
Lying in wait under the hood of the T6 AWD is a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six cranking out 300 hp and clocking acceleration runs from zero-to-60 mph in less than seven seconds. Credit the twin-scroll turbo for making this engine’s maximum 325 lb/ft of torque available at a low 2,100 rpm. For all its power, the turbo six-cylinder proves to be a miser at the pump, posting a 23 mpg highway fuel economy rating.
Both models feature a six-speed Geartronic automatic transmission with a manual mode for drivers who prefer to shift gears for themselves. Power channels to the front wheels on the 3.2 model. All-Wheel Drive with Instant Traction is optional on the 3.2 and comes as standard on the T6 AWD.
Along with safer driving in foul weather, the All-Wheel Drive system on the XC70 inspires an added degree of confidence when you’re driving for the sheer pleasure of it, and also when you choose to leave the road behind. Put the trailhead in the rearview, and you’ll quickly appreciate this crossover’s generous 8.3 inches of ground clearance. If you find yourself descending a steep incline covered in loose scree, you’ll be thankful for the standard Hill Descent Control system, which takes command of braking at each wheel to get you safely to level ground.
Keeping you and your family safe no matter what has been job one at Volvo for more than 80 years. As you’d expect, Dynamic Stability and Traction Control comes standard in the XC70, as do Anti-lock Brakes with Emergency Brake Assistance, Side Impact and Whiplash Protection Systems and City Safety – a feature that uses an infrared sensor to detect a potential collision at speeds up to 19 mph and automatically applies the brakes to prevent or lessen the severity of impact.
Experience the pinnacle of automotive safety by outfitting your XC70 with the available Technology Package. Topping the list of package features is Adaptive Cruise Control with Queue Assist, which uses both radar and an in-car camera to monitor the vehicle ahead, then automatically adjusts your speed to maintain a predetermined distance. Collision Warning and Pedestrian Detection (both with Full Auto Brake), plus Driver Alert Control and Lane Departure Warning round out the roster. A Blind Spot Information System – available as a standalone option – uses rear-facing cameras to monitor approaching traffic and alerts you if a vehicle enters one of the blind spots.
The editors at the automotive website Edmunds.com pronounced the interior of the XC70 a “showcase of modern Swedish style.” That translates into an environment of timeless, understated elegance, awash in soft leather upholstery complemented by Cross Avenue aluminum or Classic Walnut Wood inlays. In terms of comfort, Edmunds.com went onto describe the front seats in the XC70 as “among the best in the business, achieving a rare combination of chiropractor-approved comfort and body-hugging support.” Should hauling gear take precedence over family comfort, lowering the 40/20/40-split/folding rear seat yields 72.1 cubic feet of maximum cargo capacity.
Also rating at the very top of the pack are the convenience and infotainment features you’ll find in the XC70. Highlights from the long list of standard equipment include a Bluetooth hands-free system with audio streaming, HD Radio, USB/iPod and auxiliary input and SIRIUS Satellite Radio (includes six month complimentary subscription).
The basic version of the SENSUS system features a seven-inch high-definition color screen and lets the driver make easy, on-the-fly adjustments to vehicle settings, climate control and the audio system. SENSUS also gives you control of the available Premium 650-watt Surround Sound System and the Navigation System with Voice Control, real-time traffic and map care (both features are part of the Platinum trim level).
For superior luxury, safety, value and a driving experience that keeps you engaged with the road ahead, there’s only one premium crossover to choose – the new 2012 Volvo XC70. Make your choice today by contacting us to schedule a test drive.
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