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It had its critics but let's face it, Volvo's Cross Country was a capable compromise

1 Aug 2001

"CROSSOVER", "soft-roader", "light-duty four-wheel drive". They're all terms which sum up Volvo's Cross Country, the Swedish car manufacturer's second stab at a fashionable rather than truly capable off-roader. Based on the new-generation V70 2.4T wagon introduced to Australia in May 2000, the Cross Country offers a big-tyred, plastic cladded, turbocharged macho-ness its more svelte relations would abhore. But it does retain their impeccable safety credentials, high quality finish and excellent interior flexibility.

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Model release date: 1 September 2000 to 1 March 2003

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Volvo V70 XC

Released: February 1998
Ended: August 2000
Family Tree: XC70

Based on the V70 2.5T, the V70XC was Volvo's first attempt to cash in on the burgeoning luxury off-roader boom. Available as either a manual or automatic, it was powered by a low-blow 2435cc inline five-cylinder engine (something of a Volvo trademark) which produced 142kW and 270Nm.

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