2013 Volvo C70 Convertible Review: Car Reviews

21 Mar 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on 2013 Volvo C70 Convertible Review: Car Reviews

Out-classed and over-priced


1. Powering the C70 is a turbocharged 5-cylinder 227-hp and 236 lb-ft of torque

2. at $40,990 to start, Platinum start at $44,790.

3. A $3,900 package adds 18-inch xenon headlights, a rear custom grille, upgraded and a power upgrade to 250-hp and 273 of torque.

Every car we test has its points and bad points, hopefully the good outweighing the bad. Not so the C70. This is one of the few cars we couldn’t wait to get rid of.


lets discuss the positives. The C70 is powered by a 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine that puts out and 236 lb-ft of torque. Our test car had the trim level which engine performance to 250-hp and 273

As a result the car is peppy and accelerates the lb car nicely away from lights. A 0-60 time of 7.4 is slow for this class of car and the brand’s turbocharged six-cylinder help improve the experience Yet even with the five, steer is evident and hardly on such a premium model.

Power goes to the front through a 5-speed automatic this in an era when even six are outdated and most use 7- or 8-speed Regardless, fuel economy bad at 19 mpg city and 28 mpg highway.

Equipped a manual shifting feature, can be measured with an hourglass.


After only a few and a few turns, it’s obvious the folks at Volvo designed to be a boulevard cruiser. We can’t the car for being what it was designed but even as a boulevard cruiser, the is too spongy, and there’s enough lean in turns to make you To be fair, on smooth pavement or on the the C70 is comfortable.

On rough and broken there is too much cowl for a car in this price range, or any range for that matter. is overly light with feel and feedback, but the brakes are with good pedal

The car’s retractable hardtop well, and with the top down a larger trunk space most other steel top models. Not much more, but little bit helps. The top operation the first of many quirks. you lower the top, all four will crack open a few while the top folds down. it is fully stowed, all four will go back up, rather down.

So you have to push all window buttons to lower When the top goes up, the windows close, like you’d


The cabin is the C70 disappoints on a grand scale. The trim level is a $3,900 and includes the higher output 18-inch wheels, xenon LED daytime running lights, a spoiler, gloss finish an upgraded interior with covered dash and contrasting aluminum sport pedals, embroidered front seats, a covered handbrake lever and armrest, and a sport steering with aluminum inserts. The are comfortable, but only 6-way and no lumbar support.

While the leather is premium the is Spartan with cheap materials that resemble an car more than an upscale car. If this is the upgraded we wouldn’t want to see the base

Hard surfaces on the doors pain when you rest arm there. If you move your arm to the door rest, your sits in the hard plastic pull cut-out.

The Platinum adds a pop-up Navigation premium sound system, drive, rear park Homelink and a compass for a whopping The climate package for $1,000 heated seats, rain wipers and an Interior Air Quality Add $500 more for metallic and the bottom line comes to


The Nav system pops up the top of the dash and sits just in of the windshield. It is too far away for the driver to so Volvo requires the driver to use a held remote control to the system, perhaps the most feature we’ve ever To access local restaurant or other information, you’ve got to down at the remote to toggle the menu on the screen. Talk distracted driving! Putting in an with it is torturous.

I’d rather deal the first generation BMW i-Drive

The center stack is a large, aluminum panel that from the top of the dash to the bottom it meets the console. There is a lot of estate on that piece, but the chose to put a tiny phone-like pad, which doubles as the preset buttons. The buttons are so they are difficult to use.

And the of the controls for directing where the airflow, the phone and radio controls, the heated seat etc. are part of the same console and are made for children’s

Those looking for extra will find a cubby behind the base of the center though it’s hard to see and harder to reach and use.

Speaking of hard to reach and the door pockets for storage are source of frustration. There is an pocket about six inches which makes it hard to anything there. Just aft of is another enclosed storage But the door is hinged at the top, so you open it, you can’t see what’s in the and you can barely fit your hand it.

Had it been left open or a hinge at the bottom, it would be usable. Just poor

The center armrest is small it does have a USB port and attachment inside, though the feel like cheap The upgraded radio sounded – at least for everything except the AM There was so much static on band that you couldn’t to any AM station.

The rear seat is tight for adults. What we was a fold down armrest out to be a removable cover for the fix-a-flat repair kit. It isn’t or attached in any way.

Replacing that cover out to be a bumbling and expletive laced


Nothing about the seems to have been thought out, or executed. a price tag of over $50,000 one expect a luxury car experience and the C70 doesn’t deliver.

The Lexus would dance circles the Volvo for a few grand less and are so many other excellent and convertibles in this price from Mercedes to Infiniti. even wager that in respects the Chrysler 200 Convertible offer a compelling alternative horsepower and a tighter ride more amenities. The C70 just cut it against the competition.

Would we it in our garage? There’s only one to that question: is it free?

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