The Volvo V70 is a mid-size five-door station wagon manufactured by Volvo Cars since 1997.
The first generation (1997–2000) began as the wagon version of the Volvo S70 (a renamed Volvo 850, which was itself available in sedan and station wagon configurations). The V70 was available only as a front and all-wheel drive station wagon, the latter marketed initially as the Cross Country XC and subsequently as the XC70.
With styling by Peter Horbury, the second generation (2000-2007) shared major mechanical and styling commonality with the Volvo S60 sedan, and used the P2 platform with a 4 cm increase in width and height, a 5 cm longer wheelbase, a slightly shorter overall length than its predecessor, and a slightly increased interior cargo volume. As with its predecessor, the second generation was also offered with an all-wheel drive variant which was initially marketed as the V70 XC, later as the XC70.
The third generation employs the Ford EUCD platform, sharing much of the interior (other than the rear seats and loadbay) with the second generation Volvo S80. It has been marketed since 2008 as the V70 (discontinued in North America after model year 2010) and the XC70, an all wheel drive model.
The name V70 combines the letter V, standing for versatility, and 70, denoting relative platform size (e.g., a V70 is a larger platform than an S60, but smaller than an S80).