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  • (5.0) 3 reviews
  • MSRP: $5,507–$14,703
  • Body Style: Convertible
  • Engine: 227-hp, 2.5-liter I-5 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 5-speed automatic w/auto-manual
  • Seats: 4
2010 Volvo C70

Our Take on the Latest Model 2010 Volvo C70

What We Don't Like

  • Engine a bit rough
  • Some options packaged
  • Seat control access
  • Peculiar steering wheel
  • Backseat could be larger

Notable Features

  • Retractable-hardtop convertible
  • Five-cylinder turbo engine
  • Six-speed manual or five-speed automatic
  • Optional blind spot warning system

2010 Volvo C70 Reviews

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.

New for 2010
There are no significant changes for 2010.

The two-door coupe features rounded corners and headlamps that are a far cry from the boxy Volvos of yore. The powered top stows into the trunk within 30 seconds at the touch of a button. The rear glass window is large, which improves visibility and body rigidity.

  • Standard 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Standard power, heated mirrors with memory function and integrated turn signals
  • Standard stainless-steel doorsills
  • Standard rear window defroster
  • Optional headlight washers
  • Optional bi-xenon headlights

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.
  • Standard dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Standard leather-wrapped gearshift and steering wheel
  • Optional leather seating
  • Optional real wood trim
  • 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-through to trunk
  • Keyless start is not a stand-alone option
  • Multimedia Package replaces Dynaudio Package

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

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 now a stand-alone option
  • Optional blind spot warning system
  • Optional rain-sensing windshield wipers

Consumer Reviews


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by Copperhed71 from Valdosta, GA on August 11, 2017

FUN, Reliable, Safest Car ever. Had a Lincoln Navigator before this car and do not feel any less safe than in the battle tank. Just needing an SUV again. Kids called this car the Transformer Car.

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2010 Volvo C70 Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Volvo C70 T5 M

Head Restraints and Seats
Moderate overlap front

IIHS Ratings

Based on Volvo C70 T5 M

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
Overall Rear
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry

Moderate overlap front

Left Leg/Foot
Overall Front
Right Leg/Foot
Structure/safety cage


Driver Head Protection
Driver Head and Neck
Driver Pelvis/Leg
Driver Torso
Overall Side
Rear Passenger Head Protection
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
Rear Passenger Torso
Structure/safety cage
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.


There are currently 2 recalls for this car.

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,900 per year.

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Warranties Explained


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.


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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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