First drive: 2012 model year Volvo XC70

James Baggott

How many Volvo XC70 owners actually realise just what their cars are capable of? At the launch of the refreshed model in Sweden, Volvo let Autoblog try what many buyers never will - tackle some seriously rough off roading.

Seen by many as simply a jacked-up version of the V70, Volvo was keen to demonstrate just how capable its refreshed model is when the going gets grubby - and its performance was seriously impressive.