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AWD Versions of the 850 & V70

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Ever wonder about the AWD peculiarities of the Volvo 1990s 850/S70/V70/XC70 cars? Which P80 models were built with all-wheel drive?

MVS Volvo forums member Jazzop asks “Lately I’ve been curious about the AWD versions of the 855 & V70, but I haven’t found much in the way of FAQs/wikis explaining the model differences. Perhaps someone can help?

Depending on what I discover, I might want to add an AWD model to my passive search list of interesting Volvos to snatch up, should I come across one for a steal.”


  1. The 850 AWD wagons were sold as manuals. I’m not sure if it was all of them, but every one I have ever seen has been a manual. They are Canadian only and only about 217 came here. I’ve seen 2 in junkyards.. I’ve never seen a manual 70 series AWD but that’s just me personally. They may exist.
  2. I believe the rear suspension and gas tank are completely different on the AWD cars. Typically the 70 series are just GLT’s with AWD added. Same engine and transmission and LPT and option packages. ECU I’m unsure of.
  3. I went from a 98 S70 GLT on 16″ Columbia’s to to the 99 S70 AWD and it’s on 15″ Ariana’s with chunky tires. The AWD is noticeably taller but the P80 line are pretty low cars to begin with so it’s not an awkward look.

Please explain the AWD P80 chassis cars (855/V70)

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