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By Cars.com Staff
August 7, 2008
Vehicle Overview By replacing the previous-generation soft-top C70 with a retractable-hardtop version in 2006, Volvo created what is arguably the best four-season convertible you can buy. Retractable-hardtop models have an inherent advantage in winter climates, and the C70 is one of few with front-wheel drive. Competitors include the Saab 9-3 convertible and Volkswagen Eos.
New for 2009 The C70 trim levels are now named T5 and T5 R-Design.
Exterior The two-door coupe features rounded corners and headlamps that are a far cry from the boxy Volvos of yore. The powered top stows away into the trunk at the touch of a button within 30 seconds. The rear glass window is large, which improves visibility and body rigidity. Overall length is 180.4 inches, and its width is 72.3 inches, much larger than the Eos, while the 9-3 is longer but narrower.
Available 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels
Standard power heated mirrors with memory function and integrated turn signals
Standard stainless-steel doorsills
Standard polished tailpipes
Standard rear window defroster with automatic timer
Optional headlight washers
Optional bi-xenon headlights
Interior The C70 seats four adults and features ergonomically shaped front seats. A switch on the backrest of either front seat moves it forward to ease backseat access. Power operation is standard on the driver's seat and optional on the front passenger seat. Cargo space is typically very limited on convertibles when the top is down, but Volvo makes the best of a bad situation with a clever access mechanism that raises the stacked roof panels. Cargo capacity comes in at 12.8 cubic feet with the roof up — the largest of the group.
Available vinyl, leather or premium leather seating
Available aluminum or real wood trim
Standard dual-zone automatic climate control
Standard leather shifter and steering wheel
Optional heated front seats
Optional 910-watt, 14-speaker Dolby surround-sound system
Optional navigation system with real-time traffic and satellite radio
Rear-seat pass-thru to trunk
Under the Hood The C70 has just one engine choice, and the suspension is fully independent and designed for touring; it delivers a comfortable ride.
227-horsepower, turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder with 236 pounds-feet of torque
Standard six-speed manual transmission
Optional five-speed automatic transmission with manual shift functionality
Safety Excellent crash-test ratings have earned the C70 a Top Safety Pick designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for front-, side- and rear-impact protection. The C70 is one of few convertible models to provide side curtain airbags; they inflate upward from the doors. For added protection, these airbags deflate slowly in the event of a rollover.
Standard side-impact and side curtain airbags
Standard active front head restraints
Standard antilock braking system
Standard electronic stability and traction control
Optional rear park assist
Optional blind-spot alert
Optional rain-sensing windshield wipers
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