New V70 - What do you think?

Discussion in 'Volvo V70' started by dransfield, Dec 11, 2007.

  1. dransfield

    dransfield Guest

    I'm having trouble coming to terms with the styling of the rear end of
    the new V70. Anyone else the same?

    It looks like a Subaru to me, and whereas the old one (00-07) looked
    handsome and not out of place amongst Rollers and big Mercs, I think
    the new one looks a bit cheap and ungainly. In Europe we had this
    Korean car called a Ssangyong Musso, and it reminds me of that, which
    isn't a good thing.
    Maybe it will grow on me.

    And if I've just eaten, I try to avert my eyes from the new XC70.
    dransfield, Dec 11, 2007
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    Roadie Guest

    Overall it looks good to me. Volvo typically lags when it comes to
    making styling changes and the rear-end treatment is no exception.
    Roadie, Dec 11, 2007
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    Wooly Guest

    I like both the new V70 and the new XC70 well enough.

    I saw the new Mercedes minivan the other day - now THAT's one ugly
    vehicle, looks like a Chrysler T&C that's been stepped on...
    Wooly, Dec 11, 2007
  4. dransfield

    dransfield Guest

    Overall it looks good to me.
    Perhaps I'm just being a change-averse stick-in-the-mud.
    I'll work on it.
    dransfield, Dec 11, 2007
  5. Since I don't go around looking at my back end, that is a problem for
    other people, not me. However, there are some substantive changes.

    The only engine is the British 6 Cylinder. The Swedish 5 Cylinder is no
    longer available on the V70 in the US.

    The V70 is now assembled in Sweden and not Belgium as it was before.

    It still has a Japanese transmission; it is the 6-speed geartronic.

    It has a new Haldex AWD system which is acclaimed as much better than
    the previous Haldex system.

    They added "Hill-Decent" control which is a big step forward.

    They added 400 pounds weight which is a big step backward. However, the
    fuel economy is still good, even slightly improved.

    It has a healthy serving of electronics that determine if there is a
    vehicle in your blind spot, if you weave over the center line, turn
    without signaling, your eyes are not staying open or your head is
    nodding. It can also give an alarm or adjust the cruise speed if you
    follow too closely. It has a lot of big brother safety features. They
    seem like a good idea, but I am skeptical of their implementation out of
    the box. I can envision many scenarios where such features could be
    Stephen Henning, Dec 11, 2007
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    Joerg Lorenz Guest

    Are you sure?
    The V70 was never assembled outside of Sweden (Göteborg). Only the
    smaller V40, V50 and the S40s were built in Belgium.

    Joerg Lorenz, Dec 11, 2007
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    Brian Sørup Guest

    Nope, I have a V70 built in Belgium, and exported to the US, then it went
    back to europe (Germany) and I bought it from there.
    Brian Sørup, Dec 11, 2007
  8. Well, it's just another step to leave the "brick" image, build up with
    the 140, 240 an maybe the 740 series.

    For me the new V70 looks too much like the VW Passat from the back

    Maybe I'm old-fashiond as well... ;-)

    (2000 V40, Austria)
    Roland Messerschmidt, Dec 12, 2007
  9. dransfield

    John Horner Guest

    Most sources put V70 assembly as having been in both Belgium and Sweden.
    I know for certain that 850s were built in both factories.
    John Horner, Dec 12, 2007
  10. dransfield

    John Horner Guest

    According the the Volvo USA website only the six is available for 2008
    US market V70s. Seems kind of dumb considering the importance of fuel
    economy these days.
    John Horner, Dec 12, 2007
  11. Yes, I was at the dealer and read the sticker and the fairly large
    booklet about the V70. But that is the US version.
    Both my 855s were assembled in Belgium as was my '01 V70XC. All cars in
    the US have a label showing where the engines and transmissions are made
    and where the car is assembled. They also tell what portion are USA
    parts. That is .5% to 1% on the Volvos in the showroom.
    Stephen Henning, Dec 12, 2007
  12. Not really. The new 6 gets better gas mileage on a car that weighs 400
    pounds more. It has some exotic variable valve thing that I am not sure
    what it is. Anyway, it is supposed to be one of the most efficient
    engines made. The 5 was good, but the 6 is even better.
    Stephen Henning, Dec 12, 2007
  13. While my Volvo dealer was changing the timing belt on my '01 V70XC, I
    looked at the new XC70 for about 3 hours. I couldn't tell much
    difference except the lights are laid out differently and they have some
    funning looking lights or reflectors in the rear bumper on the corners.
    The changed the layout of the lights so they can have a larger tailgate
    with a larger opening. Now it should be easier to carry a 4' x 8' sheet
    of plywood. It will still be at an angle, but it will sit down lower.
    Stephen Henning, Dec 12, 2007
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    Joerg Lorenz Guest

    I have a 2006 V70 D5. The new V70 is so ugly for me that I will never
    buy it! Either I will keep my current V70 until they change the rear
    or I have to switch to the V50 or the S80 further down the road.
    The back of the new one reminds me of a Mitsubishi Galant (in Europe)
    Station Wagon back in the early 90s: Deja vu and very ugly. The design
    of the rear is not harmonic, wild and irritating.
    I doubt that seriously!
    Joerg Lorenz, Dec 13, 2007
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    John Horner Guest

    An a five cylinder version with those same technologies would do better yet.
    John Horner, Dec 25, 2007
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