The fun little Volvo C70 is a great alternative to the usual German Sport Coupes. The C70’s unique steel fold away hardtop, is not the only cool thing about this car. It runs and handles great, has a sexy look both inside and out, and is great on the road.
I personally love a convertible on a cool morning, but I hate to put up with the extra noise and lack of security the rest of the time. The C70 solves that problem when, at the push of a button, it converts from convertible to hard top coupe in less than 30 seconds. The top is made of steel, so when the top up is up, it is just like any other coupe.
Volvo is all about safety, of course, and along with all of the great Volvo safety goodies, the C70 was the world’s first convertible with head curtain airbags.
Like other models in Volvo’s 2012 lineup, the C70 gains a new trim level strategy. Customers can select the base C70 T5, or the new Premier Plus and Platinum trims. Each new trim level contains options that have been grouped together for those who want to add more comfort, convenience and technology.
The new Premier Plus Trim Level includes Keyless Drive, Homelink, rear park assist and an integrated compass for the auto-dimming rear view mirror. The Platinum Trim Level includes all the contents of Premier Plus, and adds Volvo Premium Sound and Navigation systems.
Customers retain the flexibility to add the C70′s Climate and Dynamic packages to any trim level, as well as select individual items from the list of stand-alone options. Rounding out the changes, the C70′s standard Bluetooth gains an audio streaming connection. Drivers can listen to music from their compatible cell phones via the C70′s audio system. They can create playlists using Pandora or Grooveshark, synchronize with the phone and then play them wirelessly using Bluetooth.
The fun to drive C70 comes with a turbocharged Inline five cylinder engine mated to a five-speed “Geartronic” automatic transmission. Output for the 2.5-liter turbo is 227 horsepower at 5,000 rpm with torque at 236 lb.-ft. from 1,500 to 4,800 rpm. The flat torque curve puts the power to the front wheels evenly and makes the car highly responsive.
Engine: 227 HP Inline 5 cyl
Transmission: 5 Spd AT
Highest MPG City/MPG Highway: 19/28
Trim Designations: Standard, premier Plus, Platinum
Base Price: $40,450
What I Liked: Quiet!
What I Would Change: It is really ok as it is
Star Rating: 4.45 out of 5