Volvo XC70 vs Volvo XC90

Volvo XC70
Dimensions: in (mm)
Lenght: 190.5 (4838)
Width: 73.3 (1861)
Height: 63.1 (1604)

Volvo XC90
Dimensions: in (mm)
Lenght: 189.3 (4807)
Width: 74.7 (1898)
Height: 70.2 (1784)

Compare Volvo XC70 vs Volvo XC90 (1:1)

We generally prefer wagons to Suvs thanks to their superior fuel efficiency and handling, but the 2011 Volvo XC70 doesn't provide any such pros when lined up against more modern and efficient crossovers. Volvo XC70 Wagon offers the following pros: Wonderfully supportive seats; ample trunk capacity; plentiful security features; available integrated back booster seatings. Volvo XC70 Wagon drawbacks are: Lackluster base engine; subpar fuel efficiency with turbo engine; dull handling; unintuitive navigator.

The 2011 Volvo XC70 is a five-passenger wagon available in 3. 2 FWD and T6 AWD versions.

Traditional equipment on the 3. 2 contains 16-inch alloy wheels, front and back foglights, heated mirrors, cruise control, dual-zone automatic conditioning, a 40/20/40-split back bench, an eight-way performance driver bench with memory functions, a tilt-and-telescoping helm, neoprene-like "tricotec" upholstery, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Bluetooth and an eight-speaker audio system with a CD player, radio, optional stereo slot and an Ipod/usb stereo interface. The Luxury suite adds a sunroof, leather upholstery, an eight-way performance passenger bench and wood trim. Seventeen-inch alloy wheels are a stand-alone feature.

The T6 AWD adds the content of the Luxury suite along with a turbocharged motor, all-wheel drive, 18-inch wheels and updated gauges.

For more equipment, you can select the Climate suite that adds heated front seatings, heated windshield-washer nozzles, automatic wipers and headlight washers. Heated back seating is also included in this suite unless the auxillary integrated booster seating is ordered. The Comfort suite contains front and back parking sensors, a performance tailgate, back privacy glass, power-folding back headrests, a trunk cover and a cargo grocery bag holder. The Technology suite ups the ante with adaptive cruise control, a collision warning system, a distance alert system, driver inattention alert system and a lane-departure warning system. The Multimedia suite adds a navigator, a rearview camera and a 12-speaker Dynaudio surround-sound audio with back bench headphone slots and controls.

Stand-alone features include adaptive xenon headlights, integrated back booster seatings, a blind-spot warning system and keyless ignition/entry.
The 2011 Volvo XC90 is still a competent luxury crossover SUV, but newer choices might prove more attractive. Volvo XC90 SUV offers the following pros: Upscale and stylish interior; supportive front seats; smooth ride. Volvo XC90 SUV drawbacks are: Third-row seats cuts into second-row room; weak base motor.

The 2011 Volvo XC90 is a seven-passenger, luxury midsize crossover SUV that comes in three versions: 3. 2, 3. 2 R-design and V8.

The 3. 2 comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, back parking sensors, a sunroof, leather upholstery, performance front seatings with driver memory options, wood dashboard trim, tri-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and an eight-speaker audio system with a CD/MP3 player, radio, an optional stereo slot and an Ipod/usb stereo interface.

The 3. 2 R-design adds 19-inch wheels, a sport-tuned suspension and steering system and a variety of R-design upgrades, including sporty look look-and-feel cues, a sport helm and special leather upholstery.

The Volvo XC90 V8 loses the R-design accoutrements but gains exclusive 18-inch wheels, the V8 motor, all-wheel drive, color-keyed fender lips and body-side moldings, heated front seatings, headlamp washers, rain-sensing wipers, a special air filtration system and original dashboard wood inlays.

Each Volvo XC90 is eligible for the Multimedia suite, which contains a luxury surround-sound stereo system, a rearview camera, a navigator with real-time traffic and -- on V8 models only -- bi-xenon headlamps. The Climate suite is available on six-cylinder models, and adds heated front seatings, headlamp washers, rain-sensing wipers and an air filtration system. The 3. 2 R-design can be had with the Dynamic suite, which adds 20-inch wheels as well as adaptive bi-xenon headlamps.

The V8-only Luxury suite adds 19-inch wheels, updated leather upholstery, massage and ventilation functions for the front seatings, heated back seatings, leather door panels and center control panel cover and a wood-trimmed helm. Stand-alone features include adaptive bi-xenon headlamps, a blind-spot warning system and a dual-screen back entertainment system.