If you’ve been putting off the purchase of Volvo’s power-retractable-hard-top convertible, the C70
, we’d advise you to not delay much longer. A victim of declining sales and rising production costs, the C70 will go out of production at the end of the 2012 model year.
Despite the car’s aging design, it still has much to offer luxury convertible shoppers. With the top up, the C70 feels as tight and secure as a conventional coupe, which broadens the car’s appeal beyond buyers living in sunbelt states. Some have criticized the C70’s top-up styling, but with the top stowed the car seems to have near-universal appeal.
The interior is typically Volvo, which is to say that its heavy on Scandinavian design. Aluminum and wood trim add an upscale feel that belies the car’s relatively modest price point, and standard features like Bluetooth phone integration, XM satellite radio and steering wheel-mounted audio controls are plentiful. Buyers can add packages to include features like navigation, rear park assist and a premium audio system.
The C70 gets a turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine, good for 227 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque and mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. If you’re looking for a sports car, the C70’s 0-60 mph time of 7.5 seconds isn’t likely to impress you, nor is its light and somewhat over-boosted electric power steering. While handling isn’t bad overall, it’s best to think of the C70 as a mildly-sporty drop-top when judging corner entry speeds.
The EPA gives the C70 a fuel economy rating of 18 mpg city and 28 mpg highway, which isn’t bad given the car’s size. Top down, there’s room for four adults (and easy access to the rear seats), but luggage space is compromised by the folding hard top. With the top in place, rear-seat entry is a bit more challenging, but there’s ample trunk space for a weekend getaway or a few rounds of golf.
The real appeal of the C70 lies in its interior and exterior styling and open-air capabilities. When the sun is shining, dropping the top (roughly a 30 second automated process) forgives a lot of sins, and the C70 becomes a much more satisfying ride with the wind in your hair. Unlike German roadsters, the C70’s forte isn’t hustling up a curvy coast road; instead, the C70 enjoys a more moderate pace, almost insisting that passengers enjoy their surroundings instead of seeing them disappear in a speed-induced blur.
The Volvo C70
isn’t perfect, but it will be missed when it vanishes from the market after the 2012 model year.
For full details on the 2012 Volvo C70, see our complete review on The Car Connection