- Stylish Skandi looks
- Impressive interior
- Fits four adults
- Limited boot space
- Not the most fun to drive
- Inefficient engines
Comfortable, refined four-seater convertible
The Volvo C70 was, from its first production in 1996, to the day it last rolled off the production line in 2013, Volvo’s flagship luxury convertible. Designed to compete with the BMW 3 Series convertible, the Audi A5 cabriolet, as well as convertibles from less luxurious brands such as the Volkswagen Eos, the C70 combines prestige with beautiful aesthetics. With an exceptional interior, good fuel-efficiency, and an impeccable safety record, the C70 is a great option for some top-down summer fun!
The second-generation C70, released in 2006, and revised in 2009, featured a complete redesign, giving the C70 a much more contemporary feel.
Spacious, solid build-quality, but not the most practical
As with all convertible cars, the C70 isn’t a great car if your focus is on storage space. Nevertheless, the C70 offers ample room for four full-sized adults, which is a rarity for a car in this class. And, with a well-designed, high-quality interior, it’s a pretty impressive package.
The dashboard of the C70 is, rather unsurprisingly, one that looks decidedly Swedish in design. It’s incredibly functional, whilst also being aesthetically pleasing. The highlight of the interior is undoubtedly Volvo’s innovative floating centre console, which is finished in attractive brushed metal. The plastics used throughout are also solid, and soft-touch, which gives the interior of the C70 a genuine feeling of understated luxury. Controls are a little tricky to use at first but are fine once you get used to them.
Space is one area in which the C70 proves itself to be typical of a convertible. There’s plenty of space in the cabin, with enough room for four to travel comfortably, but boot space is fairly limited. With the roof down there are just 200 litres on offer, though this does increase to 404 litres when the roof is up. In this guise, the C70 does offer far more practicality than is on offer in competitors, but the complexity of the folding roof makes it impractical with the roof down.
Spec levels in the C70 are actually pretty impressive. This depends on when your C70 was built but, generally speaking, you’re going to get all the kit that you’d expect from a car with a prestige badge. All models come with air-con, alloy wheels, automatic mirrors and lights, automatic wipers, and cruise control, so you’re not going to feel short changed even in entry-level models.
The inside of the C70 is a well-designed, well-constructed package, with ample room for four. There’s not a lot of boot space, especially with the roof down, but there’s enough standard kit to keep you happy.
Refined, comfortable, but not a lot of fun
The Volvo C70 is a convertible that values comfort and refinement over performance prowess, so it’s not as fun to drive as a lot of rivals. Nevertheless, there’s plenty of grip, so it feels controlled through the corners, though the steering doesn’t offer much in the way of feedback, which may disappoint the die-hard petrolheads out there. Although it's not really the best driver's car on offer, this is a car that’s ideal for B-road blasts and is certainly still a decent car to drive.
If the C70 doesn’t excel in driving experience, it certainly does in ride refinement. Though the suspension fitted is quite stiff, it copes with all but the worst of rough British roads with apparent ease. It’s a little less refined with the roof down, where potholes can send shudders through the car, but it’s never unpleasant. Get the C70 on the motorway and it really excels. There’s very little in the way of road and wind noise, especially considering we're talking about a drop-top, and it’s extremely comfortable on the whole.
Gearbox options in the C70 come in two guises- a six-speed manual, and a five-speed Geartronic automatic. Reviewers responded quite positively to the manual gearbox, though the automatic has been widely criticised, so it might be one to avoid.
Two diesels, one performance petrol
When it comes to deciding how you want to power your C70, you’ve got the usual two options: petrol, or diesel. The two diesel variants are best suited to cruising, whilst the petrol option offers pure performance, though it’s a little bit on the thirsty side.
If it’s power that you want from your C70, the best engine in the range is the petrol-powered 2.5-litre T5. With 227bhp on board, you’ll be getting from 0-62 mph in just 7.4 seconds. It’s not the fastest car out there, but it offers enough performance to outdo most cars. This engine also sounds great, so if you’ve got your top down, you can really appreciate the grunts.
Eco-friendly buyers don’t usually choose sports convertibles as their car of choice, and for good reason. No engine in the C70 is truly what you'd probably call green, though both the D3 and D4 diesels emit 154g/km of C02. Far from the greenest car out there, but not especially bad. Interestingly both diesels also have the same level of fuel efficiency, so money savers can happily enjoy either. You can get up to 47.9mpg out of both, which is actually pretty impressive for a car of this sort.
Whichever engine you choose to go for in your C70 you’re going to get a fantastic motorway cruiser. Money savers should stay clear of the more powerful petrol engine, especially considering the diesels on offer have enough grunt and are much more green and efficient.
Not tested by NCAP, but impressive safety equipment
The Volvo C70 didn’t at any point undergo the tests over at NCAP, so it’s hard to accurately tell just how safe it is. But, if you take a moment to consider the fact that Volvo is one of the safest car manufacturers out there, you shouldn’t find yourself being too worried. There’s also an impressive range of safety equipment, with six airbags, electronic stability control, and parking sensors all fitted as standard.
More expensive to run than some rivals
The Volvo C70 isn’t the cheapest car to run in its class. This obviously varies from model to model, but competitors across the board offer cars with lower C02 emissions. The top of the range T5 petrol engine, in particular, is a bad choice if you want to save yourself money as it emits an astonishingly high 219g/km of C02. Diesels are a little better at 154g/km, and you’ll get plenty out of your tank, but they still lag some way behind class leaders.
Insurance costs in the C70 also depend upon which model, and which trim you go for. Roughly speaking, insurance groups are on a par with competitors. The cheapest option in the range is the D3 SE in group 29, whilst the most expensive is the top of the range T5 SE Lux Premium in group 35.
Depreciation is a large factor with the Volvo C70. And, as this car has been out of production for a few years now, you're going to be able to take advantage of significantly reduced depreciation costs.
The Volvo C70 is a great coupe-cabriolet for those who want a great motorway cruise. It’s not the most fun to drive, but it is exceptionally good-looking and features a sophisticated, high-quality interior. Engine options in the range aren’t the greenest or efficient, although there’s still value to be had. And, with the model no longer being in production, it's likely you're going to be able to bag yourself a great car at a great price.
Buying a used Volvo C70 online with Carspring
If you’re after a used Volvo C70 for sale, it can all feel like a bit of an ordeal. What, with long days spent around gigantic car supermarkets, or time spent trawling through classified websites, looking for that ideal used C70. Carspring makes it simple. Buy your next used Volvo C70 online with the touch of a button. Simply decide on the model you want and choose how you want to pay.
Looking to finance your used Volvo? Not a problem, we work with our carefully selected finance partners to ensure that, if you’re paying monthly for your used Volvo C70, you know you’re getting the best rates. What’s more, with any Carspring used C70, you also get our 14-day money-back guarantee and 6 months’ free Warranty. Plus, you don’t have to leave your home. We’ll deliver your used Volvo to you at a time and place of your choice.
*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st-year depreciation cost of 40%.