2013 Volvo XC70 3.2 

  • $36k
  • 3.2L I6
  • 18 city 24 hwy
7.1 Out of 10
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by cars.com (Oct, 2012)
Volvo has also for 2013 improved the steering-wheel-based features of the available Sensus navigation system and screen displays.
by The Car Connection (Jul, 2012)

RideNerd Review Our evaluation of the Volvo XC70


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XC70 3.2
X5 xDrive50i
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Reviews Word on the street for the Volvo XC70

As is required of all 2012 models, it has standard antilock brakes and an electronic stability system with traction control.

The T6 is all-wheel-drive only.3.2-liter inline-6240 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm236 lb-ft of torque @ 3,200 rpmEPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/25 mpg (FWD), 18/24 mpg (AWD)3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6300 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm325 lb-ft of torque @ 2,100-4,200 rpmEPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/23 mpgNote: The dealer-installed Polestar Performance Package increases the XC70 engine output to 325 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque.


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I drove the mid-level T6 AWD with a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine and all-wheel drive.
by cars.com (Oct, 2012)
In this over-2-ton vehicle, the engine delivers acceptable performance, but only just.
by KBB (Nov, 2012)
Both the naturally aspirated and turbo engines can run on regular unleaded fuel.
by KBB (Nov, 2012)


The braking is soft in comparison, and switching between gently accelerating and more forcefully braking was a challenge the entire week I drove the Volvo.
by cars.com (Oct, 2012)
I appreciated the surprisingly zippy kick-in-the-pants feel, as opposed to the sluggishly heavy acceleration I anticipated in such a large wagon.
by cars.com (Oct, 2012)
However, it was hard to get the feel for accelerating smoothly during stop-and-go driving without throwing my passengers' heads back into their seats.
by cars.com (Oct, 2012)


The less-powerful 3.2 model with front-wheel drive is more efficient, at 19/25 mpg.
by cars.com (Oct, 2012)
That said, you'll need to rein in the enthusiasm in turns – with its increased ride height and softer suspension, this car is not made to claw around curves at great velocity.
by KBB (Nov, 2012)
It's an easy-to-drive station wagon that has comfortable seating for five adults and cargo space galore, plus generous ground clearance and available all-wheel drive (AWD) that enable it to tackle just about any surface nearly as well as the more cumbersome truck-like vehicles.
by KBB (Nov, 2012)


The XC70's main competitors in this niche are probably the Subaru Outback and Honda Crosstour, and while both of those have lower starting prices, they don't come close to the premium feel and advanced safety features that are standard on the Volvo.
by KBB (Nov, 2012)
It also comes standard with driver and passenger frontal airbags, side-impact airbags for the front occupants and side curtain airbags for both rows.
by cars.com (Oct, 2012)
A 6-speed manually shiftable automatic transmission is used on all XC70s.
by KBB (Nov, 2012)


The XC70 T6 adds a turbocharged engine, dual chrome exhaust tips, leather seating, a power moonroof and power passenger seat.
by KBB (Nov, 2012)
The standard engine for the 2013 Volvo XC70 is a 3.2-liter inline 6-cylinder with 240 horsepower.
by KBB (Nov, 2012)
And for even more power, the dealer-installed Polestar Performance package retunes the turbo engine for 325 horsepower without affecting the fuel economy or warranty.
by KBB (Nov, 2012)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand Volvo
Model year 2013
City range 333 miles
Highway range 444 miles
MSRP $36k
Annual cost $9,804

engine & drivetrain

Engine size 3.2L
Air compressor None
Fuel Gas
Cylinders I6
Paddle shifters N/A
Gearing type Traditional
Transmission 6-speed Automatic 4x4

suspension, wheels & brakes

Rear suspension Multi link
Front brakes 12.4 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 11.89 in Ventilated Disc
Front wheel width 215 mm
Front wheel diameter 16 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 65

safety features

Active head restraints Yes
  1. Driver
  2. Passenger
  3. Side
  4. Head curtain
Antilock brakes Standard
Child door locks Standard
Electronic stability control Standard
Traction control Standard
Rear camera N/A
Rear sensor N/A
Park assist system N/A
Communication system None

physical dimensions

Width 73.6 in
Front track width 63.5 in
Height 63.1 in
Ground clearance 8.3 in
Length 190.5 in
Wheelbase 110.8 in
Curb weight 4,147 lb
GVWR 5,258 pounds
Tow weight 3,307 pounds
Has a rear spoiler No
Seats 5 seats
Front seat room 54 ft³
Rear seat room 44 ft³


Carbon monoxide/mile 0.36 g
Methane/mile 0.01 g
NMOG/mile 0.02 g
Nitrogen oxide/mile 0.03 g
Vapor canisters 1
Vapor canister capacity 130 g
Bleed canisters 0
Bleed canister capacity 0 g
Catalytic converters 4
Stops the engine instead of idling No
Disables engine cylinders under low loads No
Recirculates exhaust gas No

power & handling

Max torque 236 ft-lb @ 3,200 RPM
Max HP 240 HP @ 6,200 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 17.28 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 37.7 feet

stereo & entertainment

Brand Generic
Speakers 8 speakers
Has a speed sensitive volume Yes
Has a subwoofer No
Auxiliary input Yes
AM/FM radio Standard
CD player Standard
CD changer N/A
Satellite radio Standard
Entertainment system Optional, $1,800


Cruise control Standard
Front A/C Standard
Front passenger A/C Standard
Keyless entry Standard
Keyless ignition N/A
Sun roof N/A
Navigation system Optional, $795
Roof rails N/A
Power locks Standard
Power mirrors Standard
Power outlets Standard
Power steering N/A
Power windows Standard
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