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Pros: The 2014 Volvo XC70's styling is equal parts classy and rugged. In typical Volvo fashion, drivers enjoy very comfortable seating and a good driving position. AWD and generous ground clearance make the XC70 excel in any weather as well as off the road. Safety is exceptional, and reliability inspires confidence.

Cons: You can't have it all, of course. Pricing is a bit dissuasive, especially when you look at a top-of-the-line model and the various options. Some of the controls are dated, and braking distances could be shorter.

2014 Volvo XC70 Price: There are seven trim levels to choose from this year, ranging from the base 3.2 AWD at $43,450 all the way to the luxurious and powerful T6 AWD Platinum at $52,350.

2014 Volvo XC70 Fuel Economy: Expect the XC70 to average 9.4L/100km with the 3.2L engine and 9.9L/100km with the turbo.

Volvo XC70 2014
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Improvements and Changes: Beyond a few cosmetic upgrades, the 2014 Volvo XC70 gets a new Sensus communication interface, a 7'' display with infrared activation, a heated windshield and steering wheel, a customizable TFT gauge cluster, revised transmission ratios, new ambient lighting, as well as a new pedestrian and cyclist detection feature for the frontal collision mitigation system.

2014 Volvo XC70 Powertrain: Volvo offers two inline 6-cylinder engines with the XC70. The naturally aspirated 3.2L unit produces 240 horsepower, while the turbocharged 3.0L variant generates 300 horsepower. Both are mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission with manual mode.

Cargo Capacity: You can fit 944 litres worth of gear behind the rear seats, but if you fold the latter, capacity increases to 2,042 litres.

Safety: Volvo enjoys a stellar reputation for safety, and it shows in the 2014 XC70, which includes ABS, brake assist, stability and traction control, adaptive cruise control, adaptive lighting (headlights that swivel in corners), pedestrian and cyclist detection, distance alert, driver drowsiness alert, lane departure warning, and collision warning with full auto brake. Some of these features are optional, mind you.

Comparing the 2014 Volvo XC70: Looking for an upscale wagon that you can drive off the beaten path? Check out the Audi Allroad and Subaru Outback before you purchase a new Volvo XC70.