Volvo C70

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Volvo C70


The Volvo C70 is priced slighty out of its league. It isn’t much better than the cheaper mass-brand CCs.

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What is it?

The understated convertible. It's easy to ignore the C70, but you shouldn't. The folding hard top is one of the more elegant on sale, plus the engine range is impressive.


Treated gently the C70 handles OK, but if you push it the steering loses its self-centring and the body shimmies mar the precision.

The petrol bidding is opened by a five-cylinder 2.4 which is more than adequate if you specify manual. The 2.5T is terrific for wafting briskly. The 2.0 diesel is fine, too, and not at much of a disadvantage compared with the D5.

On the inside

Up front you get Volvo's usual excellent seats and ergonomics, but in the back it's cramped and, roof down, very windy. The ride is turbulent, too - not harsh, but permanently unsettled.

We love the generic Volvo interior, with its cool graphics and minimalist surfaces made from good-quality materials. The hood mechanism is frighteningly complex but has worked nicely in our samples.

It's a four-seater. But the boot is awful when the roof's down - it takes ages to whirr the roof upward to get at the contents.


Stick to a moderate engine and it's surprisingly cheap to keep a C70 going.

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6/10 Volvo C70 2.4 D5 SE
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