Produced from 1996 to 2000, the Volvo S70 was a compact executive car produced by Volvo. The S70 was basically an upgraded 850 saloon. However, if your S70 does have a mishap, grab yourself a Volvo S70 service manual to make sure you get the job done right.
Introduced in Europe in late 1996 and later in the U.S. for the 1998 model year, the S70's body style was generally more rounded when compared to its predecessor.
In the United States, the badging indicated the engine variant, whereas engine and options could be chosen individually in Europe. On all markets, more powerful versions received better or upgraded standard equipment. The T5 and R were released as high-performance series models.
For the model year 1999, a minor reworking was entailed. Apart from the model year 2000, a new 5-speed automatic transmission with adaptive shift-logic was introduced. It was only available on non-turbo FWD models. The 10V engine variants were dropped and rechanged out for a detuned 20V versions, drive-by-wire throttle was now also introduced for non-turbo models.
With the S70, Volvo kept on offering a mid-size saloon. With a variety of models and features, it was well received but was still outsold by its estate variant the V70. With engines choices ranging from 126PS to 250PS, and a diesel engine was made available for the saloon as well as the Bi-Fuel, there was something for everyone. Market adjustments meant that outside of Europe no TDI or Bi-Fuel models were available.
Specialized variants for the fleet market, such as a police variant or the taxi variant, were made available. Notable uses of police S70's were for the British highway patrol forces and even some North American police forces used them.
For model years between 1998 to 2000, an S70 AWD was offered. It was equipped the same setup as the V70 AWD, except for the rear self-leveling suspension being an additional option rather than a standard feature. The only available engine was the 190 hp 2.4 L turbo with either a 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual transmission.
An S70 'R' variant was launched in 1997 and made the highest performance of all S70 models available to the public. The engine was rated at 247 hp and 258 lb⋅ft for models fitted with a 5-speed manual gearbox and limited slip differential. Models equipped with a 4-speed automatic gearbox were rated 237 hp and 330 240 lb⋅ft. Only the FWD versions were manufactured.
The S70 was replaced with the Volvo S60. Although the S70 is no longer in production today. If you ever need to tinker with your S70, take a gander at a Volvo S70 repair manual first to make sure you do the job right.