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2003 Volvo XC70

2003 Volvo XC70
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The V70 line of wagons provides the base platform for two somewhat specialized and notable Volvo wagons; the 2003 Volvo XC70, previously known as the Cross Country, and the sporty, performance-oriented V90 T5, a versatile and roomy wagon with the heart and engine of a sports car.

Combining flexibility, longevity, comfort, handling, quality and advanced safety, these near-luxury vehicles are designed for families and individuals who want performance and road-handling agility as well as seating for 7 (with optional child booster seats) or storage for 71.5 cubic feet of cargo.

Available Models
The two models described here have very different design priorities but similar trim levels. This overview describes the sporty T5 and the ultimate active-lifestyle vehicle, the all-wheel-drive XC70 (AKA the Cross Country). The V70 line also has three other entries, the V70 2.4, the V70 2.4T and V70 2.5T AWD, that are described in a separate overview.

Interior Features
These two wagons have slightly different interior and exterior features to present offerings in line with their capabilities. For example, the V70 T5 has vinyl elements in the upholstery while the XC70 is all cloth. Other than that, the touring-oriented T5 has an 8-way power passenger seat, a trip computer and an automatic day/night rearview mirror. In contrast the XC70 has heated seats, rain-sensing wipers and a raised ride height, in response to the likelihood that it will see more adverse terrain and driving conditions.

Dual-zone automatic climate control, cruise control, power windows, heated power mirrors, remote keyless entry, memory settings and a an Alpine audio system with Dolby Pro Logic are all on the extensive list of comfort details they share.

Exterior Features
The exterior of two wagons also reflect their different identities and capabilities. The sporty T5 features low profile 215/55HR16 tires, alloy wheels and a lower, more ground hugging stance. The XC70 has a raised ride height, roof rails, bigger 215/65HR16 tires and durable, dent-resistant body side cladding. Both vehicles feature fully integrated fog lights.

These two cars are most distinguished by their different performance and drivetrain profiles. The XC90 is a capable and brawny all-wheel drive with a 2.5-liter turbocharged 5-cylinder engine that is able to produce 208 hp at 5000 rpm and 236 lb-ft of torque at 1500, ideal for towing ability. It comes coupled with a 5-speed automatic transmission and gets a respectable 20/27 mpg (city/hwy).
The V70 T5, in contrast, is a high-pressure 2.3-liter turbocharged 5-cylinder with 247 hp at 5200 rpm and 243 lb-ft of torque at 2400. It can be equipped with either a 5-speed automatic or a sport-tuned 5-speed manual transmission and it gets 21/28 mpg. It comes with an antiskid control system.

Safety and Security
The V70 line contains the top-of-the-line in Volvo safety and are touted to be the safest wagons they have ever built with extensive and comprehensive active and passive safety technology as standard equipment on all models.

New for the 2003 Volvo XC70 2.5T AWD

Single in-dash CD audio system is now standard
Leather steering wheel with Volvo ironmark symbol and a wood trimmed dash are now standard.
The electronic Haldex all-wheel drive system from the S60 and XC90 replaces the former viscous coupling all-wheel-drive system.
One new color, Ruby Red metallic, replaces Venetian Red.
A new 2.5-liter light pressure turbo engine with 208 horsepower and 236 ft. lbs. of torque at 1500 rpm replaces the former 197 horsepower 2.4-liter engine in the AWD variants only.
A variant without moonroof or leather is now available.

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Fast Stats
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2.5L 5-cyl. Turbo
208 @ 5,000
5-speed Automatic
MPG: City/Hwy
18 / 25

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