2004 Volvo C70

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Key Specs

of the 2004 Volvo C70. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Handling on highway
  • Ride comfort on highway
  • Construction quality
  • Easy to drive
  • Resale value

The Bad

  • Has not been a popular model
  • Final year for this model
  • Ride comfort in city

Notable Features of the 2004 Volvo C70

  • High- or low-pressure turbocharged engine
  • Manual or automatic
  • Colorful interior choices
  • Four-passenger seating
  • Whiplash Protection Seating System

2004 Volvo C70 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Volvo’s curvaceous front-wheel-drive coupe and convertible haven’t been stellar performers in the sales race, even though each attracted a modest group of fans. The coupe was dropped in 2003, leaving only a soft-top in the C70 lineup.

The C70 is facing its final year on the U.S. market, and the car’s base price has been cut substantially. Two new interiors are available for 2004: Volcano Red leather with aluminum dashboard inlays and Linen White with Birchwood inlays.

The Swedish-built C70 was Volvo’s first move away from its traditionally boxy vehicles. Two inline-five-cylinder engines remain available: a 2.4-liter version with a light-pressure turbocharger and a more potent 2.3-liter with a high-pressure turbocharger.

Volvo’s electronic stability system, called Stability and Traction Control, became standard on all C70 models after the start of the 2002 model year. Volvo might introduce a retractable-hardtop model, possibly with available all-wheel drive, as a replacement for the C70, but no announcements have been made.


Exterior
Smooth, curvaceous lines characterize the two-door C70. Except for a traditional, vertical Volvo grille, the C70 has few design features that distinguish it from other brands.

Last year’s exterior freshening included a new, black, eggcrate-style grille and jeweled headlights and taillights. The C70 has standard 17-spoke 16-inch wheels, but 17-inchers are offered as an option.

The convertible’s pow...
Vehicle Overview
Volvo’s curvaceous front-wheel-drive coupe and convertible haven’t been stellar performers in the sales race, even though each attracted a modest group of fans. The coupe was dropped in 2003, leaving only a soft-top in the C70 lineup.

The C70 is facing its final year on the U.S. market, and the car’s base price has been cut substantially. Two new interiors are available for 2004: Volcano Red leather with aluminum dashboard inlays and Linen White with Birchwood inlays.

The Swedish-built C70 was Volvo’s first move away from its traditionally boxy vehicles. Two inline-five-cylinder engines remain available: a 2.4-liter version with a light-pressure turbocharger and a more potent 2.3-liter with a high-pressure turbocharger.

Volvo’s electronic stability system, called Stability and Traction Control, became standard on all C70 models after the start of the 2002 model year. Volvo might introduce a retractable-hardtop model, possibly with available all-wheel drive, as a replacement for the C70, but no announcements have been made.


Exterior
Smooth, curvaceous lines characterize the two-door C70. Except for a traditional, vertical Volvo grille, the C70 has few design features that distinguish it from other brands.

Last year’s exterior freshening included a new, black, eggcrate-style grille and jeweled headlights and taillights. The C70 has standard 17-spoke 16-inch wheels, but 17-inchers are offered as an option.

The convertible’s power-operated top contains a glass rear window with a defogger. At 185.7 inches long overall and 56.3 inches high, the C70 is 3.1 inches longer and 2 inches taller than the Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class convertible.


Interior
Only four occupants fit inside the C70. It beats a number of other two-door models in terms of interior space, but the rear seating positions may be cramped for adults. A powered front-passenger seat slides forward slowly to help ease rear access, but getting in and out of the backseat can be a battle. Cargo capacity totals 8.1 cubic feet.

Under the Hood
Two inline-five-cylinder engines are available. Operating with a light-pressure turbocharger, the 2.4-liter engine produces 197 horsepower. For extra performance, a 242-hp 2.3-liter with a high-pressure turbocharger is available. The light-pressure engine teams with a five-speed-automatic transmission, while the high-pressure version gets either the automatic or a five-speed-manual gearbox.

Safety
Standard equipment includes dual-stage front airbags, side-impact airbags, daytime running lights, all-disc antilock brakes and Volvo’s Whiplash Protection Seating System (WHIPS), which allows the front seatbacks to move rearward in a rear-end collision. The side-impact airbags are designed to protect the occupant’s chest, head and upper body. Volvo’s Stability and Traction Control system is standard. A rollover protection system uses pop-up steel bars.

Driving Impressions
After a drive in the C70 convertible, one wonders why these stunningly shaped, Swedish-made two-doors failed to achieve sales success. High prices are definitely part of the reason, but performance and comfort abound in these modern-day Volvos.

Like other Volvos, the C70 exhibits a heavy feel overall. Steering demands some effort, but it pays off in solid road behavior and superior highway handling. On city streets, however, the ride can get rough. Assembly quality is solid and tight, and the C70 makes an appealing choice for a long trip.



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(4.6)
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(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

Latest Reviews

(4.0)

14 Years later..

by GardenLily from Tampa, Fl on May 20, 2018

So -what's it like 14 years later (and 48K miles)? A quick background - this is my wife's car, we live in Florida, and it's garaged. Pros - It's still a very good looking car and turns heads. It's ... Read full review

(5.0)

This is my first car, and I absolutely love it.

by volvofan6 from Greenwood Lake, NY on April 25, 2018

I'm a highschool girl, but I know a thing or two about cars. This car is an amazing first car. I drive my mom's 2017 Nissan Murano and I definitely prefer my volvo. I get a lot of compliments from my ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The C70 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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