2014 Volvo XC70: What's Changed

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  • Most significant changes: New multimedia system and gauge cluster; minor exterior styling tweaks
  • Price change: TBA
  • On sale: This summer
  • Which should you buy, 2013 or 2014? If you think the wagon needs a style and tech features boost, go for the 2014.

Volvo's wagon hasn't been significantly revised since model-year 2008, but for 2014, the XC70 sees a host of interior and exterior updates. The XC70 will make its debut next month at the 2013 Geneva International Motor Show with a slightly more rugged looking exterior and a new multimedia system.

On the outside, the grille is wider and houses an enlarged Volvo badge. There are also updated headlights, redesigned taillights, more matte silver trim bits outside, and the black body cladding below the beltline has been extended to surround the fog lights.

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The cabin sees some changes, too, the biggest of which are a new multimedia system and redesigned gauge cluster. The new navigation system, called Sensus Connected Touch, features a 7-inch touch-screen display with a full internet browser. Volvo says it allows occupants to connect to the internet at 3G/4G speeds using a phone or USB device, though it's unavailable when the car is in motion.

A new configurable screen replaces the previous model's traditional gauge cluster. The screen looks modern compared to the old model's dials and has three modes: an Elegance display that looks similar to the old readouts, a green Eco screen and a Performance mode with a tachometer and digital speedometer.

In the back, the second row can now be folded in a 40/20/40 split. Other new options include an ambient lighting system, heated steering wheel and heated windshield. Newly standard is the City Safety system, which can stop the car at speeds up to 31 mph if an obstacle is detected. Pedestrian Detection with full auto brake is optional.

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Power should remain unchanged: The 3.2 model uses a 3.2-liter inline-six-cylinder and T6 versions have a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder.

Several of Volvo's other models also will be updated at the Geneva show, including the XC60, S60 and S80.

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Comments 

One of the key points I like about Volvo and particularly about this XC70 is the focus on safety. I can appreciate that the 3G/4G internet usage feature will not operate while the vehicle is in motion, keeping the driver looking through his/her windshield and at the mirrors. Also, Volvo, and just a handful of other car companies, installs the auto glass with the adhesive attached to primer and not the adhesive attached to the paint which is over the primer. By putting the adhesive onto the primer Volvo and others gain the best in retention during an accident.As an auto glass installer and windshield replacement specialist I really enjoy working on Volvos because they pay attention to details and safety.

Jim

Took delivery of a 2014 xc70. Thought it was going to have touchscreen sensus nav radio. They do not have the system mentioned in the article. I have the top of the line platinum package

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