Vehicle Overview from Kelley Blue Book
KBB.com 2001 Volvo C70 Overview
You are about to experience that unique relationship colloquially referred to as "love-hate." Love because by the time you finish reading this review, you will want to own a Cross Country wagon and hate because you may have to wait in line to get one. We Americans hate to wait. Unfortunately, no one told the Swedes this and Volvo did not anticipate the huge demand the car has generated. Consequently dealers are snapping Cross Countrys off the production line faster than Volvo can make them.
So what's the fuss? Simple: The Cross Country offers consumers the safety of a Volvo, the fuel efficiency of a modern V6 sedan, tons of room for family and gear and, oh yes, more ground clearance than some full-blown SUVs (8 inches to be exact). Wrap it all up in the really cool V70 wagon, throw in all-wheel drive and some unique body cladding and you have the recipe for a sold-out show.
From its inception, the Cross Country was built on the very competent V70 wagon platform. Except for the rear badges, the two were almost indistinguishable. For 2001, Volvo has given the Cross Country (designated XC) a look of its own. Power is sent to all four wheels via a viscous coupling system and is derived from a turbo-charged five-cylinder engine capable of producing 197-horsepower. As with all Volvos, safety is of paramount concern. A high-strength steel cage makes up the skeleton of the Cross Country, interspersed with crumple zones and reinforced door beams. There are standard front seat driver and passenger side airbags and an airbag curtain for both front and rear seat passengers.
A short spin in the Cross Country and the secret of its success is instantly revealed. It's darn nice! Due to its height and larger tires however, it does not handle as well as the V70 or new S60. Then again, it never gives the impression that it's about to fall on its side (like Fred Flintstone's car after the drive-in waitress attaches that big plate of ribs to it) and can run circles around any SUV on the road. Acceleration is smooth, linear and quiet. The interior is modern and comfortable and the seatsoh those wonderful Volvo seatsyou could sit in them for hours.
Most people will never take the Cross Country off road but then the same can be said for most SUV drivers. But if pressed, the Cross Country could keep up with the best of them in deep snow or mud. If you are seeking the sure-footed traction that comes with all-wheel drive but in a less gaudy or boat-like vehicle, the Cross Country is your car. Better get your order in before the first snow.