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2009 Volvo C70

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$4,159 — $14,435 USED
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Convertible
4 Seats
22 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Four-season suitability
  • Excellent crash tests
  • Curtain airbags
  • Seat comfort
  • Top-down trunk access
  • Dynaudio stereo sound

The Bad

  • Engine a bit rough
  • Some options packaged
  • Seat control access
  • Peculiar steering wheel
  • Backseat could be larger
2009 Volvo C70 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2009 Volvo C70
  • Retractable-hardtop convertible
  • Five-cylinder turbo engine
  • Six-speed manual or five-speed automatic
  • Emergency brake lights
  • Blind-spot information system

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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 ...
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


Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.8
18 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

It's a great car.

by Sergio from Pembroke Pines, Florida on April 23, 2018

This car, which was purchased as a second car, made me change a 17 years relationship with another make and switch to an XC60 as a primary car, which is also excellent. And the dealership, Weston ... Read full review

(5.0)

Reliable - great in snow - so fun to drive!

by #volvoforlife on December 22, 2017

Fast and fun to drive ! Clean inside great condition great gas mileage. Fits 4 people comfortably . People love to watch the top automatically disappear Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2009 Volvo C70 currently has 3 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2009 Volvo C70 T5 M

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
acceptable
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
marginal
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Volvo

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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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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