Volvo V70 and S80 DRIVe

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The Volvo V70 and S80 have joined the company’s DRIVe range, which means Volvo now offers seven cars producing below 120 g/km of CO2.

The four-cylinder 1.6-litre diesel fitted to the C30, S40, V50, and most recently in the S60 and V60, is now available in the V70 and S80.

It offers an improvement of 6 hp over the previous DRIVe model whilst keeping a maximum torque of 270 Nm. With a six-speed manual gearbox and start/stop technology this results in fuel consumption of 62.8 mpg and emissions of only 119 g/km for both the V70 and S80.

The DRIVe features the same technology as announced on the recent S60 and V60 DRIVe. Brake Energy Regeneration, low rolling resistance tyres and precise fuel management all help to achieve these fuel economy and CO2 figures.

Volvo has also reduced the fuel consumption of the D5 2.4 litre twin-turbo engine by eight percent – as well as boosting performance and torque from 205 hp/420 Nm to 215 hp/440 Nm.

This means that the fuel consumption (combined) of a Volvo S80 D5 is now 57.7 mpg (129 g/km CO2) with manual gearbox and start/stop. The figures for the automatic version are 47 mpg (158 g/km CO2).

The figures for a Volvo V70 are 55 mpg (134 g/km) with the manual gearbox and 46 mpg with the automatic.

Fuel consumption in the XC70 is 50 mpg (149 g/km) in the FWD version with manual gearbox and 42 mpg (179 g/km) with the automatic.

All six-speed manual versions of the D5 and D3 engines also get start/stop, which switches off the engine when the car is at a standstill.

In autumn 2011 the Volvo S80 and V70 with D3 engine and automatic transmission will become available with the start/stop function.

The V70, XC70 and S80 now feature the latest Volvo Sensus infotainment system, offering access to a range of settings such as for City Safety, Collision Warning, Pedestrian Detection, Driver Alert System, Active Cruise Control, lighting, door mirrors, climate unit, central locking and audio system.

City Safety is now standard in all three models. This system can lessen the severity of or entirely avoid low-speed rear-end collisions at speeds of up to 30 km/h.

City Safety keeps watch on vehicles in front with the help of a laser sensor built into the windscreen at the height of the rear-view mirror. The car automatically brakes if the driver does not respond in time when the car in front slows down or stops – of if the driver is driving too fast towards a stationary object.

If the relative speed difference between the two vehicles is less than 15 km/h, the collision can be entirely avoided. If the speed difference is between 15-30 km/h, the speed of impact is reduced to minimise the effects of the collision.

Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake, previously in the Volvo S60, V60 and XC60, is now also available in the Volvo V70, XC70 and S80.

Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake uses radar and a camera to monitor pedestrians in front of the car. The system initially provides a warning to alert the driver so he or she can brake or steer clear of the pedestrian. If the driver does not respond, the car automatically brakes with full force moments before the collision becomes unavoidable. With automatic braking, collisions can in certain circumstances be avoided at speeds below 35 km/h.