Not content with facelifting the entire 60 cluster, Volvo has updated its S80, V70 and XC70 models as well. The old C30, S40, V50 and C70 have all gone out of production last year, so this bold move leaves just the new V40, XC40 and the ageing XC90 SUV untouched. The latter is reported to be replaced by an all-new model next year, hence its exclusion here.
The S80 sedan, V70 estate and XC70 pseudo-SUV have all been facelifted before, and this latest round of updates is targeted to keep them looking fresh and current till the next generation models – underpinned by Volvo’s own Scaleable Platform Architecture – arrive in a few years’ time.
Nothing significant has changed on the S80 and V70’s exteriors, other than minor detail enhancements all designed to create a ‘stretched’ effect. New bumpers with multiple horizontal character lines give off a lower, wider look than before.
The front grille has been adorned with more chrome accents, and the lights have been given a minor once over too, now looking more modern. LED daytime running lights set low down within the bumper complete the visual overhaul.
While the facelifted XC60 lost all of its black body cladding to appear more urban fit, Volvo has chosen the opposite design direction for the new XC70. It gets even more of the black stuff to enhance its pseudo-SUV image, along additional matte silver touches around the new LED DRLs.
Inside, Volvo’s latest Sensus Connected Touch interface makes an appearance, as do Adaptive Digital Display that replaces the traditional analogue meter cluster. Also a new feature is Ambient Light, which illuminates key features such as cup holders, door handles and seat controls.
Drivers get to enjoy a new three-spoke steering wheel with shift paddles, as well as a raft of safety features you’d expect from Volvo. The standard City Safety technology now includes Pedestrian Detection with full auto brake (previously it was unable to apply full braking force) and Road Sign Information.
Just like the rest of the updated range, the S80, V70 and XC70 get Volvo’s latest line of efficient petrol and diesel engines. The S80 D2 in particular returns an exemplary 24.2 km per litre with class leading emissions of 109 grammes per kilometre. To put the advancement into perspective, the low CO2 figure is similar to that of Volvo’s smallest and most efficient car from three years ago, the C30 DRIVe.