2011 Volvo C70 T5: RideLust Review

29 Jan 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on 2011 Volvo C70 T5: RideLust Review

2011 Volvo C70 T5: RideLust

2011 Volvo C70 T5, in Flamenco Red

Thumbs Up: Exterior styling, seats and Dynaudio sound are world class.

Thumbs Nav system not up to contemporary standards.

Buy Car If: You’re a Volvo fan in the market for a convertible.

At first glance, the C70 T5 is one … car. Nothing the car’s exterior says, but good”, the conservative design that sold Volvo for years. In fact, the C70 looks far German than it does and the 18” five spoke wheels add to the car’s sporty appearance.

you’re treated to Volvo’s comfortable leather seats and the Dynaudio stereo system. In buyers may find themselves out to the garage, just to sit behind the and crank up the tunes. Put a twisty graphic on the inside of the garage and the Volvo C70 may be all you need to get through a Minnesota winter.

That’s not to say that the C70 is a perfect like aquavit, your of the C70 is likely to be cultural and based on your expectations. If you get behind the expecting a sports car, you may be The turbocharged motor puts out horsepower to chirp the front when you mash the gas pedal, but not to provide the kind of thrust with a sports car.

the steering is tuned for comfort and not for which makes the C70 a better for highway cruising than for road apex strafing. The all Pirelli P6 radials supplied on the C70 help with grip in but they#8217;re quiet and comfortable for up the interstate miles.

The C70 looks as good top up as it does top

But none of that matters to buyers, who’ve made the C70 a success since its introduction in If you expect a high performance car, the C70 won’t be to your On the other hand, if you expect safety, comfort and innovation in a hard top convertible, the C70 is exactly you’ve been looking

Steel roof in place, the C70 is a stunning coupe that on it’s own design-wise. Unlike cloth roofed convertibles, the C70 look ungainly with the top up. In I’d go so far as to say that the C70 is the only convertible ever driven that as good top up as it does top down.

worked with Pininfarina on the design, and the end result looks from any angle and in any weather.

The interior is a great place to time, but only in the front I’ve got a a 32” inseam, and with the seat in a comfortable position, only three inches of between the front and rear The rear seat may work for and small children, but you won’t fit an back there for any length of

Regardless, the driver and front passenger get treated to high power adjustable leather with lumbar support. The waterfall center stack is of Scandinavian design, and keeps for the HVAC, phone, audio and nav in one location. It looks good, but buttons would be helpful, at until you learned the layout of the controls.

Volvo’s icon HVAC controls are simple to and operate, and it’s easy to see why design receives so much I’m not a fan of the optional nav system, which is not up to modern standards. It’s to operate, not particularly intuitive and a display that borders on too to be useful.

Unfortunately, the only way to get the premium sound system is with the and you definitely want to check the box for the Multimedia Package (which the Dynaudio stereo and nav).

I the instrumentation, which adds to the stylistic flair. The analog and tachometer are black face in aluminum, and the gauges integrate a gauge and coolant temperature The odometer and trip odometer sit the speedo and tach, and the vehicle display sits above.

uses a stalk mounted wheel for the information display, and among the best I’ve seen. The dash uses a textured material for the top surface and binnacle, and it’s very to both the eye and to the touch. I wish manufacturers would use similar instead of the bland hard that corporate bean seem to demand.

Rounding out the interior, Volvo numerous interior storage all tied to the cars central system. This is a huge to those of us who don’t like sunglasses and garage door in an unsecured, top down convertible.

uses an inline five turbo in the C70, rated at 227 and 236 foot pounds of torque. As mentioned, that’s enough to reasonable acceleration, and my guess on a to sixty time is somewhere 7 seconds. It’s a smooth motor to soak up the highway without any annoying vibration or but it’s not particularly fuel the C70 T5 is rated at 19 mpg city and 28 mpg highway, and I saw 21 mpg in driving.

Chalk it up to summertime driving in and too much time spent at traffic lights. If you spend the of your time on the highway, I’d the C70 to return fuel mileage on par EPA estimates. My tester came Volvo’s five speed automatic, which can be manually if the driver prefers to select his own

If you prefer a manual transmission, allows buyers to opt for a six speed gearbox.

Top down, luggage is limited to the area below the

Top up gives you more space, but you need to work around the

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