Right on the heels of our 2008 Volvo V70 review comes the 2008 Volvo XC70, basically the same car but with some off-road gear. The V70 impressed us with its performance and considerable high-tech safety options, and the XC70 has similar attributes, but where the V70 was definitely asphalt-bound, the XC70 feels as if it could go anywhere.
The XC70 is raised up higher than the V70 and has all-wheel drive. Other than that, it uses the same engine and transmission. Its cabin electronics options are all the same as with the V70. Where our V70 tester was stripped down, our XC70 came with the premium Dynaudio audio system. We also had an interesting addition in the form of a Garmin Nuvi 760 portable navigation device, a dealer option.