Here’s a comparison between the Subaru Outback and the Volvo XC70. While this version of the Outback is all new for 2010 the XC70 (BZ series) we are comparing has been around since 2007. Specification comparison below.

The Volvo XC70 really only has one competitor in most places around the world and that is the Subaru Outback. They are not really in the same price range or class but the package is so similar that if buying a car based SUV or wagon you can’t go past the Volvo or the Subaru.

We have driven the Outback and think that it is a nice car just nothing special. We have yet to drive the XC70 so this is just a specification and showroom comparison.

Is the XC70 worth a look? YES we where impressed with its presentation. Sure the interior is conventional but the materials and build quality is superior to the Subaru Outback and recognizable as European feel which sets it apart from the Subaru. Admittedly we prefer the Volvo XC60 – it’s probably our new favorite…

In terms of exterior design the XC70 is different but in a conservative way. The XC70 is an older design that has clearly been tarted up to look both off-road capable at home in trendier suburbs. The plastic body extensions do work and also set it apart and to appeal to the older folks who miss the 1990’s. Unfortunately the younger crowd don’t get it – at least until they realize that it is unique. The Subaru Outback looks like a small ordinary car designed to last for the next 4 years or so.

The interior is where the Volvo XC70 feels like a much nicer place to be than the Outback. Nice comfy seats, controls, all that safety equipment hidden away etc.. Sure its old school deign but it works, apart from the after market looking GPS navigation of course.

The Subaru Outback has a modern interior but lacking that ‘something’ special in terms of materials used and overall design. It is clearly build to a price. The Outback feels like a smaller Camry rather than being something special that the brand often tries to portray it’s self as.

Anyway if we can afford the extra cash we’d pick the Volvo because it makes us feel nice. Otherwise the Subaru is nice too and with a huge saving in purchase price. Besides neither can go off road to the places we enjoy so not really the type of car we’re after.

Subaru Outback Volvo XC70

F4 Petrol
B4 Petrol
SOHC Boxer Engine EFI iAVLS
2.5 Litre (2457cc)
Claimed 123Kw @ 5600RPM
Claimed 229Nm @ 4000RPM

F4 Diesel
IL4 Petrol
Turbo-charged – Intercooler
Direct Injection – Common Rail
2 Litre (1998cc)
Claimed 110Kw @ 3600RPM
Claimed 350Nm @ 1800RPM

F6 Petrol
V6 DOHC Boxer engine EFI Dual AVCS
3.6 Litre (3630cc)
Claimed 191Kw @ 5600RPM
Claimed 350Nm @ 4400RPM

IL5 Cylinder (D5244T)
Twin Turbo Direct injection EFI
2.4 Litre (2400cc)
Claimed 151Kw @ 4000RPM
Claimed 420Nm @ 1500RPM

V6 Cylinder Petrol
3.2 Litre (3192cc)
Claimed 179Kw @ 6400RPM
Claimed 320Nm @ 3200RPM


Kerb weight 1580 – 1630Kg
Towing capacity up to 1500kg

Kerb weight 1903Kg
Towing capacity up to 2100kg

Fuel capacity & consumption  

Up to 58 litres
IL4 Petrol 10 Lts per 100km AVG (Auto)

Up to 70 litres
IL5 Diesel 7.56Lts per 100km AVG
V6 Petrol 10.6Lts per 100km AVG

Other specifications  

6 speed manual or 5 speed Auto
Overall height/width 1680/1820
Overall length/wheelbase 4565/2605
4WD system: AWD
ANCAP Safety: 4/5

5 speed Auto
Overall height/width 1604/1861
Overall length/wheelbase 4838/2815
4WD system: AWD
ANCAP Safety: 5/5


Angle of: (degrees)
Approach xx Departure xx Breakover xx
Ground clearance (unloaded) 185mm
Water Fording depth xxmm Max

Angle of: (degrees)
Approach xx Departure xx Breakover xx
Ground clearance (unloaded) xxxmm
Water Fording depth xxmm Max

Petrol (non-turbo)
0-100Kph:9.5 secs

Diesel (Twin Turbo): 0-100Kph: 7.9 secs
Petrol: 0-100Kph: 9 secs


2011 $37,990 – 55,990 AUD
*Always check with the dealer for up to date pricing, specifications, on-road costs, accessories and specials etc.. everything as usual is subject to change!

2011 $59,590 – 61,950 AUD