Road Test

Road Test: 2012 Volvo XC70 D5 AWD Ocean Race Edition

December 5, 2011

Volvo XC70 D5 AWD 2012_03Volvo XC70 has been updated with some minor exterior changes. The headlamps have been redesigned and Active Xenon headlights are now available as an option. There is also a new body colour (Twilight Bronze) and a new wheel design available. Instead of the these exterior updates, there is more important things happening inside the car. The 2012 Volvo XC70 has been equipped with the new Sensus-infotainment system and new safety technologies like the City Safety system that comes as standard and the Pedestrian Detection that is available as an option. Also the twinturbo five-cylinder diesel, the D5, has been upgraded to deliver a bit more power.

With the new Sensus-infotainment system, driver has the access to a wide range of car settings. You can control the safety systems, lighting, door mirrors, climate control, central locking and audio system. All the functions can be controlled via buttons built into the steering wheel or via touch buttons located just below the colour screen. All the information is presented on a five-inch colour screen that is located in the upper part of the centre console. If the choose a multimedia audio system, Sensus comes upgraded with the larger seven-inch screen. Integrated navigation with voice commands is available as an option as well as an entertainment system for rear-seat passengers. This package includes among other things DVD player, two eight-inch screens integrated into the front seat headrests, wireless headphones and remote control. The most advanced audio unit, Premium, has a class D digital 5x130W amplifier, subwoofer, Dolby Digital in combination with Dolby Pro Logic II Surround, the latest MultEQ from Audyssey Laboratories and 10 loudspeakers.

If you want a Volvo that is a bit more special, or at least more interesting for the sailing enthusiasts, the Ocean Race Edition models are available as a limited edition on certain markets in the world. For the Volvo Ocean Race Edition, you have a choice of two exterior colours, Volvo Ocean Blue II or Electric Silver. Ocean Race Edition special features include the uniquely designed aluminium wheels, chromed detailing and the Volvo Ocean Race emblem gleaming on the front fender. Inside the car you have a sail-inspired leather upholstery either in off-black or in soft beige. The seats and door panels feature an added level of craftsmanship. The load cover displays the Volvo Ocean Race logo in print with stitching and sheet detailing, there are textile floor mats with clew-inspired details in aluminium and the tread plate in aluminium is embossed with the text “Volvo Ocean Race”. In addition, the HMI (Human Machine Interface) start-up display shows the Volvo Ocean Race logo and text.

Volvo has upgraded its most powerful diesel engine, the D5 to provide more power, while the consumption and the emissions have dropped. This 2.4-litre, 5-cylinder twinturbo diesel develops now 10 more horsepower and 20 more Newton metres of torque. The horsepower has risen from 205 to 215 and the top torque from 420 to 440. Due to the twinturbo setting where to different-sized turbochargers are operating in tandem, the engine provides power on a wider rev band and therefore the engine also responses faster to the throttle. The best torque is available between 1500 and 3000rpm, and with the 440 Newton metres, the Volvo XC70 D5 drives nicely on a low revs as well. It even has to power to accelerate on a lower revs, but the best performance is provided with a bit higher revs. The 215 horsepower are delivered at 4000rpm. Volvo XC70 D5 can accelerate from zero to hundred in 8,3 seconds and the top speed is 205 km/h. The average fuel consumption is 6,8 litres per 100 kilometres and CO2-emissions are 179 g/km.

XC70 D5 comes with a six-speed automatic transmission. The automatic gearbox seems like the right partner for this engine. Driving on the D-mode, the transmission quickly shifts to a bigger gear and drops the revs to keep the fuel consumption low. When giving more throttle, the transmission drops a gear or two to improve the performance. When you move the gear lever to the manual mode, you get the sportier S-mode. Now the transmission keeps the engine revs higher and the car is instantly ready to accelerate when the driver gives the command. On the S-mode the D5 feels like a different engine, as the performance is so much better. The S-mode is especially useful when overtaking, as it clearly shortens the engine’s reaction and the acceleration start move instantly when the driver gives to command. With the Geartronic transmission, you can also change gears yourself on the manual mode, if you want to. However, on the manual mode there is a short delay before the transmission makes the shift after you have given the command, and this makes it a bit annoying to use.

Volvo XC70 D5 comes with the all-wheel drive system. In normal driving conditions, the power is delivered to the front wheels. If the front wheels start to loose traction, the AWD system uses an electronically controlled hydraulic clutch to distribute the power between the front and rear wheels to ensure the best possible road grip. AWD doesn’t make the XC70 an off-roader, but with the 210 millimeter ground clearance, it is quite enjoyable to drive on an unpaved road and a bit off the road.



  • Diesel
  • 5-cylinder
  • 2400cc
  • Turbo


  • 158 kW (215 hp) / 4000rpm


  • 440 Nm / 1500-3000rpm


  • 6-speed automatic
  • AWD

0-100km/h / 0-62mph

  • 8.3 seconds

Top speed

  • 205 km/h

Fuel consumption

  • 6.8 l/100km

CO2 emissions

  • 179 g/km

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