Sweden's largest automaker, grouped beneath the corporate umbrella of Ford Motor Company, shows cars in seven alphanumeric orders for '07. In Volvo nomenclature, S signifies a sedan, C represents the coupe/convertible, V denotes a five-door wagon and XC means all-wheel-drive (AWD) outdoor versa-tility vehicle. Platforms use two-digits to denote size in descending order from Volvo SUV at 90 to mid-size 80 sedan, 70 series wagon or coupe/convertible and 60 series sedan plus compact-class 50 sports wagon and 40 sports sedan.
Volvo's largest sedan is also the line's most luxurious model. For 2007 the S80 is recast in a larger package with sophisticated exterior lines and the five-seat cabin laced with more comforts. S80 offers three engine options -- a big 4.4-liter V8 kicking 315 hp, a new 3.2-liter in-line-six with 238 hp or the 2.5-liter five-cylinder turbo worth 209 hp. All S80 models align with front-wheel-drive (FWD) traction, except with that V8 aboard and the Haldex all-wheel-drive (AWD) system applies. New safety equipment dubbed Co-Driver brings radar sensors and a collision alarm tied to the smart brakes.
Volvo's SUV, built on the platform which underpins mid-size car models, is svelte in design, expansive in size (a third-row bench option raises seat capacity to seven) and loaded with safety systems plus optional AWD traction. This year the XC90 3.2 earns a new 3.2-liter in-line-six engine rated at 235 hp with a six-speed Geartronic automatic transmission. XC90 V8 packs Volvo's 4.4-liter V8 worth 311 hp and with standard AWD traction. A Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) comes on either edition, while the V8 version offers a new Touring Package with chrome wheels and Sapeli wood cabin trim.
Volvo's mid-size wagons include the V70 2.4 and 2.5T. A flexible cabin design makes room for seven riders plus cargo. Posh appointments line the cabin, with power-operated controls and a high caliber of equipment in the mode of European touring sedans. Entry issue V70 2.4 draws from Volvo's 2.4-liter in-line-five rated at 165 hp and connected to a manual five-speed or optional five-speed electronic automatic transmission. V70 2.5T FWD brings a 2.5-liter light-pressure turbo five for 208 hp through a five-speed Geartronic automatic. Dynamic Stability Traction Control (DSTC) is now a standard safety feature for both models.
Also called Cross Country, this variation of the V70 wagon has AWD and the suspension hiked for travel over non-paved terrain. Structural elements and mechanical hardware come from V70, although XC70 stretches an inch longer and the front wheel track increases by several inches. Safety gear includes Volvo's side impact protection system (SIPS) with side air bags plus curtain-style air bags positioned above side windows. And new standard equipment includes DSTC and TPMS. Muscle to propel XC70 2.5T AWD stems from Volvo's 2.5-liter light-pressure turbo for 208 hp. Volvo's FOUR-C (Continuously Controlled Chassis Concept) shock damping is optional.
The sleek two-door C70 works as a swoopy coupe or breezy convertible with the conversion from hardtop to drop-top occurring quickly with push-button ease. Extensive safety systems are aboard, including innovative inflatable curtain-style air bags concealed in side doors. Engine is the 2.4-liter five-cylinder light-pressure turbo scored to 218 hp. An automatic five-speed is available, or the manual six-speed. A premium package adds leather, while the Dynaudio audio kit brings 12 Dynaudio speakers and a Dolby ProLogic II Surround Sound system. Volvo's DVD-based navigation system is available.
S60 sedans segment into four models with S60 2.5T FWD, S60 2.5T AWD, S60 T5 FWD and racy S60 R AWD. 2.5T models employ Volvo's 2.5-liter light-pressure turbo for 208 hp through a five-speed automatic with optional Geartronic mode. T5 stocks a 2.4-liter high-pressure turbo tuned to 257 hp with a six-speed manual or five-speed Geartronic automatic. And powerful S60 R has the 300-hp 2.5-liter turbo with twin inter-coolers plus "Instant Traction" AWD and shifting by a close-ratio six-speed manual or six-speed Geartronic automatic. The prow on S60 has been revised for 2007 and DSTC is now standard.
S40 / V50
Volvo's compact-class cars -- S40 for the four-door sports sedan and V50 for a five-door wagon -- measure smaller than other Volvos but contain the performance and safety hardware that define larger models. Entry point is the 2.4i with a 2.4-liter plant netting 168 hp. T5 gets Volvo's 2.5-liter low-pressure turbo for 218 hp with T5 AWD adding "Instant Traction" AWD grip via the Haldex system. The DSTC non-skid safety equipment applies to each S40 and V50 model for 2007, and there are multiple equipment packages available -- sport, premium, climate, body styling and dynamic trim.