Rear seats are barely useful because of their size
Unusable trunk space when the hard top is down
Confusing audio/navigation/Bluetooth controls
Volvo’s C70 has undergone several design adjustments since its introduction in the late 1990s. Formerly marketed as a coupe and a convertible, it currently comes with a retractable hardtop, as well as a more polished exterior and interior. On the outside the additions include a redesigned front end and LED taillights. Inside you’ll find a new instrument panel.
The 2.5-liter five-cylinder turbocharged engine that powers the C70 generates 227 horsepower at 5,000 RPM and 236 pound-feet of torque. Installed with a five-speed automatic transmission and comfort chassis, the Volvo C70 is not a super aggressive performer on the road but it does provide a stable, not to mention safe, ride.
Various safety features for the 2011 C70 include an energy-absorbing interior and front structure, side airbags in addition to the standard airbags, antilock disc brakes with brake assist, and anti-skid and whiplash-protection systems.
While it “boasts a retractable hardtop, a luxurious interior and a smooth ride,” the C70’s “middling performance means some competitors will leave it behind,” notes Edmunds. This is because, unlike many of its rivals, the C70 is more about comfort and style than power, more about cruising than hugging corners and conquering winding roads. “It’s not a charger but rather more mature actor, more of a convertible than a sports car,” observes Examiner.com. And despite not being performance-oriented, the C70 is a vehicle that “looks good from all angles,” while its $39,950 starting MSRP “makes it a worthy contender in the market for hardtop convertible compacts,” says Automotive Addicts.
A four-seater with 17-inch light-grey alloy wheels, the Volvo C70 offers ample space, particularly when the top is up, with its 12.8 cubic feet of cargo capacity. And it has more rear legroom compared to many other convertible models. Other features include Bluetooth, cruise control and satellite radio. The C70’s city and highway MPG are estimated by the EPA at 19 and 28, respectively.