2012 Volvo C70 Inscription – Editors’ Notebook – Automobile Magazine

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The C70 is Its sensuous curves and well-proportioned have not aged a day in my eyes. It helps that the streets are thick with them after six years on the market. The of the car hasn’t fared nearly so Beyond the balky and antiquated system — an expected on Volvos — the entire feels a bit plain and tired.

the newer S60 sedan is a standout in its for its interesting surfaces and materials, the C70 has too bland plastics. And that’s the $3900 premium package, at least covers the handbrake and in leather.

The C70 also suffers for its options, or lack thereof. I mind Volvo’s venerable engine and front-wheel-drive as a base but by the time the price balloons $45,000, I expect all-wheel-drive and an optional six-cylinder. Mind the C70 isn’t at all unpleasant.

Its steering is and well weighted save for the tug of torque steer under acceleration. The turbo five-cylinder a nice growl, and the thickly leather seats are as comfortable as look. The hardtop retracts quickly, though it requires you to be with your foot on the pedal.

For distinctiveness alone, the C70 be worth a look over like the Infiniti G37 convertible or the A5 cabriolet. David Zenlea, Web Editor The C70 is showing its age in many but one place where it still is in its styling. Most hardtop look awkward with the in place, but the lines of this C70 are pleasing even when the is in place.

Once inside the cabin, the are typical Volvo, which is to say comfortable and supportive. Unfortunately, though the rest of the interior is quite nicely, the details are such as the popup navigation which is operated by either a or by controls on the back side of the wheel. Volvo did away that system after one generation of vehicles, so obviously realized it wasn’t a great

The C70, with a 250-hp and front-wheel drive, isn’t a car asks to be driven aggressively. it’s more of a grand With the top lowered, wafting rural two-lane roads is not but is still fun. It’ll be to see if Volvo continues to build a after the C70 goes away. pretty much a niche for what is effectively a niche manufacturer, so the business case be pretty difficult to make.

Amy . Managing Editor I have an dealer packet for the 1975 Caprice Convertible that the car – billed at the time as the Chevrolet convertible – as of a collector’s item. The Volvo C70 Edition strikes me as a similar C70 production ended at the Pininfarina last month, and reports Volvo isn’t considering the production line nor developing a C70

In fact, the automaker’s own press suggests the IE is perhaps the ultimate of the iconic hardtop convertible. So, does an Inscription Edition Mostly a rash of cosmetic including a glossy black black five-spoke wheels bright alloy spokes, LED lamps, bi-xenon projector and your choice of either ice or black sapphire paint

Our tester wore the latter and rather sinister – I’m still not sure I how Volvo’s new family face on the aging C70’s body. I do, love the Inscription’s supple leather seating surfaces, and the dashboard does help up the interior. Volvo’s range of chips from Polestar which will soon be through dealers on a rash of models — comes as equipment.

As a result, the turbocharged I-5 its output rise to 250 hp and 273 lb-ft of It’s no rocket ship, but is quite brisk. Since power is channeled through the wheels, you’ll occasionally torque steer, especially accelerating out of hard corners.

As far as end of the line models go, the C70 Inscription isn’t half-bad, but it doesn’t make up for the car’s shortcomings. The hardtop, though novel, up a sizable amount of the trunk – and thanks to a tall beam, you’ll be hard to load or unload anything than an attache case the top is stowed. A button which the folded top parts by a couple does little to alleviate restrictive aperture.

And, as Zenlea notes, the C70’s system feels antiquated especially the odd pop-up navigation Will I miss the C70 when gone? That I don’t I’ll appreciate its place in — much like I do ’75 Caprice — but as there are a number of premium drop-tops on the market — the Audi A5, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and the BMW 6 — that offer the amenities but in a more modern and form, I’m not sure be that saddened by the C70’s Evan McCausland . Associate Web

This is not really a driving but rather a Volvo Roadside Impression: I typically pride on being keenly aware of the and obstacles around me when a habit I picked up due to spending a of my seat time on motorcycles. of those awareness and defensive skills translate easily a sportbike seat to a vehicle But you can’t catch everything.

driving the C70, I did not catch that the low-profile tires on the C70 I heard a rather harsh and the car immediately began pulling to the on the freeway. I pulled the car off the road Sure enough, driver’s front tire was flat. Not a start home on Good

I opened the trunk only to a jack but no spare tire. was no tire or service station nearby. I called our Road Editor Chris Nelson.

He me to pull the center console out of the seat, as there is an emergency fix kit there. I followed its Ikea-esque but the kit was of no help — the tire was too damaged by the impact. My second was to Volvo Roadside Assistance.

The first portion of the call was an automated computer. Although the QA between me and the computer seemed given my predicament, it was probably than 45 seconds. I was asked if could use the GPS in my phone to help my location. A question or two more and the said OK, we have located location and transferred me to a live

Naturally her first question was Are you in a location? As I looked around standing in a trash-filled ditch, to an expressway, between two entrance I calmly replied to her cheerfully question: As safe as I can be. She then arrangements for a tow to a Volvo dealer 7 miles away. She thanked me for and wished me well.

With in of ending the call, Volvo me a text message with the of the tow truck, the tow truck company’s and the telephone number of the driver. a second of that the tow company to verify my safety and my location. in mind I never once my location verbally.

She said, OK, we you on eastbound I-94 at the entrance from Exit 175. they were only 20 yards off of my exact location. I an eyebrow when the tow truck It was not the flatbed kind, but rather the hook type. Two good ole hopped out of the truck.

I think the first thing out of the mouth was, Damn a … car! He then on to explain that the second was in training. They went a very thorough process of the car. The dealer also was as

Volvo had contacted them to say we were on our way in, and not to close the service Because of the specialized wheel/tires, the did not have a replacement available Monday. I expected as much and for a ride home. Nonetheless, still offered to give me a and or take me to a location of my choosing if be.

South Beach would been nice, but I think local was more what had in mind. The owner of the dealership out front, introduced himself, and or less sat there and chatted me up everything from my incident to the of his dealership until my ride While not the ideal start of my I couldn’t help but be impressed the overall experience.

Kelly . Creative Director If judged on its characteristics, the C70’s smooth if a bit anemic — five-cylinder forgiving ride; and light, steering make it a good to some of its pricier competitors. It stacks up well in terms of with modern lines look good from angle.

The two-tone, five-spoke on this C70 Inscription are especially and possibly the flashiest I’ve seen from the traditionally Swedish automaker. But if evaluated on the and functionality of its in-car electronics, the C70 stack up very well rivals such as the Audi A5 and the IS C. Admittedly, these cars are a bit expensive — the base A5 is $2500 more and the base IS C is $2000 more — but the attractive, and user-friendly systems in vehicles alone make worth their price

Even more detrimental to the C70‘s viability is the Volkswagen The Eos is a good driver with a interior featuring a straightforward and infotainment system with a price about $5000 than the base C70. its merits, the C70 will have a time wooing buyers from competitors until it modern electronics and a usable interface. Jennifer Misaros . Editor, Digital Platforms

Volvo C70 Inscription

MSRP destination): $41,325


2.5-liter DOHC I-5

Horsepower: 250 hp @ 5500 rpm

273 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm TRANSMISSION:

steering wheel, shift and handbrake cover

Tilt-and-telescopic column

Keyless entry and

Rear parking assist

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