While not exceeding the pampering induced by almost any mid-size premium vehicle, the XC70 Summum is pretty much getting things done when it comes to comfort. The very-Scandinavian interior is garnished in leather and the wood inserts on the dashboard have a nice feel to them. The seats are pretty comfy and provide a good-enough lateral support, while the color chosen for the leather upholstery was given mixed reviews by our test drivers, with a plus from the male side for some reason.
For some odd reason, Volvo chose to equip the XC90 with an eight-way electrically adjustable and three-position memory driver's seat, while the front passenger seat remains manually controlled. Those silly Swedish!
The automatic climate control is dual zone with two extra air ducts for the rear passengers, a pretty standard comfort option in the year 2008/2009, especially considering the XC70 is no cheap econobox. The audiophile-candy was top notch on the other hand, since we're talking about a 12-speaker system by Dynaudio with surround Dolby Pro Logic II sound.
As for the suspension, let's just say that the Four-C system makes a pretty good job at individually controlling the shock absorbers, almost making you feel like you're driving something with a pneumatic suspension. In other words, the three “hardness” settings should be renamed “softness” settings in the Volvo marketing language. Continue reading