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Our introduction to the Volvo V70

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The world premiere of the next-generation Volvo V70 station wagon took place in January at the Detroit Auto Show. The car is equipped with five-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engines with a working volume of 2; 2.3; 2.4 liters, capacity 180, 250, 200 liters. with. or a five-cylinder 2.4-liter turbodiesel with a capacity of 140 liters. with. Transmissions - mechanical or automatic five-speed.

Vadim KRYUCHOV

Today there is a steady demand for station wagons and, perhaps, only lazy people are not releasing them. However, among the companies that create family cars, there is one that keeps apart. It was Volvo's Eastate model (as the Swedes call station wagons) that have always been the highlight of the production program. If you want - the hallmark of the company, and not a way to expand the range. Hence a special approach to their design.

Meet, as you know, by clothes. With her, the new V70 station wagon is in full order. The car is very expressive. Original feed, noble and at the same time swift contours, solid overall appearance. Connoisseurs will immediately note: the station wagon is a direct descendant of the Volvo top model, the prestigious S80 sedan. At first glance, it might seem that they even have too much in common (the basis for them is really the same - the “large” platform of the new generation). In fact, the station wagon is completely independent and original development. It is worth taking a closer look, as a cunning design trick becomes noticeable - only a common style unites machines. Most of the exterior parts of the station wagon are different, including doors, a front bumper, lighting equipment and even a decorative radiator grill. There is no error in the designation. It is no accident that the novelty received the V70 index, not the V80.

Marketing research has shown that buyers consider the dimensions of their predecessor (V70 based on the 850 series car) to be optimal and will not approve of their increase. If so, get your favorite size in both the name and the metal. The station wagon, despite the common platform, is shorter and “already the flagship - the S80 sedan. In addition, the V70 has a smaller base and wheel track.

How did this affect the filling? In the engine compartment is very crowded. The most powerful Sedan engines cannot be squeezed here - inline six mounted across the row. A curious touch - in the engine compartment there was no place for the battery. In the luggage compartment next to the punch for the spare tire, another one was made - just for him. Well, V70 owners will have to be content with in-line five-cylinder engines. However, they will not feel particularly deprived - all engines are temperamental, turbocharged. The richest equipment V70T5 with a 250-horsepower power unit, capable of raskoscherivat family car up to 250 km / h.

Impressions from a trip in such a machine are difficult to convey. This must be felt. Here you are slowly drifting in the Moscow stream of cars with full awareness that you are being driven by a solid and imposing machine. But the city outskirts are behind - ahead is operational space. The gas pedal to the floor - wake up, beast. You are literally squeezed into the seat. Neither give nor take a thoroughbred sports car. With only one difference - the cabin is still quiet. The noise of the transmission, engine, turbine, exhaust system is not heard - only the whistle of the wind and the whisper of tires.

The suspension was surprising - very energy-intensive and silent to envy. Who said that foreign cars are not suitable for our roads? “Volvo”, without flinching “muscle”, literally swallows holes, cracks and other obstacles on our crushed asphalt. I used to go here on brand new “Lada” and “Samara” - the roar was unimaginable.

Manageability is again just praise. In motion, the station wagon is maneuverable and light, like a meringue cake. The power steering is just the way you need it. Plus unobtrusive help electronic traction control. The Swedes claim that, compared to the last-generation station wagon, the torsional rigidity of the body is increased by 50%. Judging by what kind of pretzel the car allows to write on a winding road, they do not deceive. But not all, alas, is smooth. The pedal assembly leaves much to be desired. The brake is too soft and uninformative. The clutch pedal sins the same - soft, the stroke is too big.

Here it’s just right to say something else: how the car is prepared for the salty winter roads of Russia. A thin zinc-containing film is applied to the beams, ducts, cross members, hidden cavities. The hood is completely aluminum (!). It will not rust in places of chipped paint from blows of stones flying from under the wheels. The fifth door of the station wagon is made of plastic. Here, of course, there can be no talk of any corrosion. In addition, the door, in comparison with the metal, is not so massive, which means it is easier to open and close.

We will not dwell on the traditional Swedish passive safety kit. Here, Volvo never changes tradition. All the newest and most advanced in the wagon, of course, is. What, say, are step airbags that inflate depending on the force of the impact.

And now a little about the interior. Let's start with the trunk. Here again, the same volume and size, beloved by customers, is more than 480 liters. If you fold the rear seats, the cargo compartment will increase to 1641 liters. In total, the design of the car provides seven options for transformation. The most extraordinary - a lonely driver in a chair, and around a solid cargo area. Plus a roof rack and a trailer with a gross weight of up to 1.8 tons. This is how much can you transport? Horror takes.

But let’s leave the extreme and return to everyday operation. The interior as a whole is very good. Leather seats, elegant upholstery, full power accessories, climate control, separate air ducts for rear passengers - a peculiar Swedish style. This is when it is comfortable, cozy, elegant, even prestigious, but by no means too luxurious and not tasteless.

Unfortunately, a few far from teaspoons of tar in a barrel of honey was found in the cabin, more precisely, in the ergonomics of the driver’s workplace. The armrest between the front seats makes the long-arm shift gears with a brush movement - you have to get used to it for a long time. Not everyone will be delighted with the location of the hand brake lever - it happens that it rests on the right foot. A tall major driver could not find the optimal adjustment of the seat and steering column. Either the steering wheel lies on its lap, or it hides the speedometer and tachometer from its eyes. The legs are too bent, and if they are straightened, the hands barely reach the controls. A handle is located above the pilot's seat on the side of the ceiling. If you are not short, you run the risk of knocking your temple - it is too close to the head.

The final complaint: both the inside and the outside mirrors are too small. In part, parking sensors mounted in the rear bumper compensate for this shortcoming. But all the same, I would like to have larger “burdocks”.

Well, they criticized lightly. As without flaws, he who does nothing is not mistaken. And the rest - your favorite dimensions, expressive appearance, cool family car. Swedes are able to create station wagons, you will tell nothing.

Modern, catchy design, stylish interior, excellent driving performance, good payload, the ability to use unleaded AI-91 gasoline.

Errors of ergonomics, the driver’s workplace, limited visibility through the rear-view mirrors.

Volvo V70 T5

General data: number of places - 5; curb weight - 1528 kg; gross weight - 2110 kg; maximum speed - 250 km / h; acceleration time from standstill to 100 km / h - 7.1 s; average fuel consumption - 9.3 l / 100 km; fuel supply - 80 l; fuel - AI-95, AI-98; short-term operation on unleaded AI-91 is allowed. Sizes, mm: length - 4710; width - 1804; height - 1488; base - 2755; track front / rear - 1563/1560; ground clearance - 134; trunk volume - 485/1641 l. Engine: gasoline, five-cylinder, in-line, turbocharged, transverse; working volume - 2319 smz; cylinder diameter and piston stroke - 81x90 mm; compression ratio - 8.5: 1; power - 184 kW / 250 l. with. at 5200 rpm; maximum torque - 330 N.m at 2500–5200 rpm. Transmission: front-wheel drive; gearbox - five-speed manual; gear ratios: I - 3.07; II - 1.77; III - 1.19; IV - 0.87; V - 0.70; h. x - 2.99; final drive - 4.0. Suspension: front - type "McPherson" with anti-roll bars, rear - independent multi-link with anti-roll bar. Brakes: with an amplifier and ABS, front - ventilated discs, rear - disc. Steering: rack and pinion with power steering. Tire size: 205 / 55R16 or 225 / 45R17.

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