2008 Volvo XC70 Video
2008 Volvo XC70 Video Transcript
>> Why do I feel so good about myself when we're out in of these high trim Volvos? Because they image they put out is of a really discerning consumer who appreciates advanced, contemporary design and technology. But I've been missing the boat on a few of the latter points. Let's go out in this XC70 all wheel drive and check the tech. ^M00:00:22.6
>> Now, I've heard the same reports you have that portable navigation devices are ruling the roost in the GPS world, but this is ridiculous. This is not the in-dash navigation system I see on the option sheet. This is a Garmin dealer installed device. It doesn't look good. We couldn't get it to go on, but I don't like how it sits kind of crooked in the middle of this center speaker grill. Go for the factory unit, which is motorized. Pops up out of the dash and uses a remote control. What I do like about this is that I can detach the nav unit like so, and I can take it with me. Now that is, to me, a smart idea, but this is not the way to do it. It's a little bit homebrew looking. So I gotta talk to Volvo about that. Now let's go to the audio system. I've learned to really like this Volvo look and feel, the controls and the whole menuing system. Our base system is six speakers, 420 watts, I think it is, and a single slot CD. We've been upgraded to the Dynaudio package. That gives us 5 amps at 130 watts each, a dozen speakers around the cabin. It's a good sounding system. Dynaudio's not fooling around. you know, is it blowing me away? No, but it sounds good. Other input opportunities on this vehicle, once you hit the mode button here, you get Sirius Satellite Radio. And of course, auxiliary jack is another option there. And even though this is a Ford related product, no Ford Microsoft Sync is, as of this date, available on a Volvo, although I'd like to see that happen because, this car, I think, speaks to the same market that will appreciate Sync. Now if you're in the back seat in our XC70, you're not left out of the tech game. There's an optional dual screen, rear seat entertainment system for watching DVDs or plugging in portables. Dual seven-inch screens, so pretty good size. Now being a Volvo, this car is nothing if it's not a safety showcase. Let's talk about some of the things you can get on this car. First of all, BLISS, blind spot indication system I believe that stands for. It's a series of visual technologies that look for cars in your blind spot, and then warn you with indicator lights on the mirror housings, very Volvo-ish. Then there's a collision avoidance package. Check this one out. It has a variety of things, including a -- you've got collision warning with auto-brake. So again, it'll tell you, you're about to hit something, and the brakes will, not entirely, but partly slow the car down to scrub off some edge off the impact. XC70 all wheel drive bases at about thirty-seven five when you add in the destination. Now on top to that, navigation is about twenty-one hundred -- not that thing -- but the pop up, motorized nav with the remote. That, I have no idea what it costs, 'cause I'm not quite sure what it is. If you want to go for the Dynaudio upgraded sound system, that's sixteen fifty. The collision avoidance package I told you about, about seventeen hundred, and the rear seat entertainment dual screens, eighteen hundred more. ^E00:03:13
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2008 Volvo XC70 Review
The good: The 2008 Volvo XC70 gets an excellent-sounding stereo system along with a bevy of innovative safety systems. Its steering and throttle are both very responsive.
The bad: The XC70 doesn't offer any easy way to select channels from Sirius satellite radio, and some of the dealer vs. factory options are confusing. Manually selecting gears with its six-speed automatic shows a lot of lag.
The bottom line: Although on the pricey side, the 2008 Volvo XC70 is a good-looking practical wagon that feels as if it can go anywhere. Its safety tech is incredibly innovative, but Volvo needs a more integrated strategy for cell phones and digital music players.
2008 Volvo XC70 Specs
Part number: 100946482
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