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Volvo V70 T6 AWD (2008)
Late-1990s Lakeside race-goers might remember that the Volvo 850 Estate wagon campaigned with verve by Tony Scott in the Australian 2.0-litre Super Touring Championship.
This was one of a pair raced in the British series a few years before with limited success by Rickard Rydell and Jan Lammers.
The 850 Estate proved no champion, but it was quick for a Volvo and did much to change the Swedish car-maker’s staid reputation.
Well, the Volvo hot wagon concept is back, in the form of the V70 3.0-litre turbo six-cylinder all-wheel-drive.
Our test confirmed that Volvo has fused performance with function effectively.
From 0-100 km/h, the V70 got within 0.1 sec of the factory’s claimed time of 7.2 sec, in what was an all-round impressive on-track showing.
All the while, the five-seater wagon retained its refinement in delivering a smooth flow of power and near seamless changes from its six-speed auto.
Its versatility is well demonstrated in a choice of three suspension settings. This enables the V70 to switch with the push of a button from workhorse to family taxi to weekend sporty handler.
One downside was the fuel economy, which at 16.5 litres/100 km was significantly more than the claimed 11.2.
But it’s the attention to function that cannot be overlooked – features like the integrated two-stage booster seats in the flat-fold 40/20/40 rear.
Or the cargo floor that lifts up via gas struts to reveal a handy storage compartment.
Or the lights that flash near the wing mirrors to warn when a vehicle is in your blind spot.
Tony Scott could well have found the latter handy.
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||V70 T6 AWD
||Medium Over $50,000
|Price when new
|Current price range
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||3.0-litre, double overhead cam, 24-valve, turbo 6-cylinder
||210 kW @ 5000 rpm
||400 Nm @ 1500 rpm
|Acceleration to 100 km/h
|Braking from 80 km/h
||11.2 litres/100 km
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