3/4 Front Glamour 2013 Volvo C70

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Expert's Rating

4.3Excellent

MPG 19 City / 28 Highway
Pros
  • Many standard safety features
  • Comfortable seats
  • Spacious trunk for a convertible
Cons
  • Engine somewhat noisy
  • Limited legroom in back seat
  • Best options only offered in packages
, Automotive Editor -
The C70 is as niche as it gets, with seating capacity for four adults in a hard-top convertible body style that's a feat in modern engineering.

Introduction

Volvo, long known for their boxy designs and Swedish efficiency, developed the C70 coupe and convertible in the 1990s. Unlike their previous models, the C70 featured sweeping curves, a more attractive and elegant front end, and stylish more in line with a BMW than a Volvo. Like most Volvos, the turbo-charged engine gives the C70 some significant oomph. In 2006 Volvo redesigned the vehicle - eliminating the coupe and offering the C70 as a hard-topped convertible. The end result is a popular and stylish hard-top convertible coupe which has remained a mainstay in the Volvo line ever since.

Today the C70 is a four-passenger convertible/coupe with just enough sport enhanced design to bridge the gap between the dull and drab and the ostentatious. The C70 is based on an older Volvo platform. It’s powered by a 2.5 liter, four-cylinder, turbo-charged engine which pumps out an impressive 227 horsepower. The front-wheeled drive is available as a five-speed automatic with a manual shift controller for those in search of a more engaging driving experience.

The C70 won’t win any awards for power or handling, but it’s quick enough and sporty enough to pass muster as a desirable convertible. Standard features are plentiful and include: 17-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth, CD player and eight speaker stereo system, dual zone climate control, HD radio, iPod auxiliary interface and auxiliary audio jack, leather upholstery, power seats, and satellite radio. Optional packages allow the driver to add rear parking sensors, navigation system, keyless entry, remote starter, 18-inch alloy wheels, upgraded stereo system, heated seats, and adaptive headlamps.

The Climate Package adds heated front seats and cabin air filters, the Dynamic Package (which features some of the upgrades in the Inscription Package) and a blind-spot alarm system. All versions of the C70 come standard with Vovlo’s excellent safety features which include anti-lock brakes, traction control, front mounted airbags, side airbags, head restraints, and an automatic rollover bar.

The C70 appeals to drivers in search of a European import with style and class, but one that isn’t limited to a two-door convertible or coupe. With the top up the C70 is an attractive two-door coupe that seats four comfortably and retains the attractive lines and Volvo reliability. There’s plenty of competition out there, in both sport coupes and convertibles, but the C70 shines as a do-it-all coupe high on safety and comfort. There are certainly more entertaining coupes to drive, but the C70 excels as a low-cost, high-safety coupe which remains just quick enough, just handsome enough, and just fun enough to make it worth a serious look.

Which Style To Buy?

2013 Volvo C70
Starting price
$30,493

2013 Volvo C70 T5

Recommended for: Drivers wanting more than just speed and style in a hard-topped convertible

The 2013 Volvo C70 is only available in one trim level; the T5. This hard-topped convertible is powered by a turbo-charged 2.5 liter four-cylinder engine with produces 227 horsepower and 236 foot-pounds of torque. Acceleration is a bit sluggish in comparison to other coupes, but the engine provides a smooth, consistent ride with just enough power and zip. Standard features include 17-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth, power convertible hard-top, automatic wipes, CD player and eight speaker stereo system, dual zone climate control, fog lights, HD radio, iPod auxiliary interface and auxiliary audio jack, trip computer, leather upholstery, seat memory, tilt steering, power seats, and satellite radio. Optional packages come in several forms, including the Premier Plus, Inscription, and Climate packages.

2013 Volvo C70
Starting price
$30,493

2013 Volvo C70 T5 Platinum

Recommended for: Buyers needing a stylish hardtop convertible with all the bells and whistles

he Platinum trim level features all the benefits of the Premier Plus with an additional upgraded premium sound system with subwoofer and 130 watt amplifier, and navigation system with Map Care.

2013 Volvo C70
Starting price
$30,493

2013 Volvo C70 T5 Premier Plus

Recommended for: Those in search of upgraded performance in a hardtop convertible

The Premier Plus Package features a 250 horsepower version of the same engine, 18-inch alloy wheels, leather interior coverings on the dash, adaptive headlights, and a sport steering wheel. It also upgrades the sounds system, adds rear parking sensors, and LED running lights, rearward park assist, auto dimming rearview mirrors and a keyless entry and ignition system.

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