This vehicle is amazing! For those of us who have winters, a cloth convertible is just sad half the year. But with the C70 and the top up, you have a fantastic and comfortable luxury vehicle that riva...
This vehicle is amazing! For those of us who have winters, a cloth convertible is just sad half the year. But with the C70 and the top up, you have a fantastic and comfortable luxury vehicle that rivals any BMW or Mercedes, and it has huge trunk space with the top up (you could put furniture in there). With the top down, you're in a speedster with style; not much trunk space, but what convertible does?
Put your foot on the gas hard and you won't believe what happens. More horses under the hood than anyone needs; giving it full throttle is something to do only once in a great while because its more fun than you should be allowed to have (and you'll eventually get busted if you do it too often).
It handles like a dream. You can feel the road in the steering wheel, but its a smooth articulate ride. Incredibly responsive, like a bicycle, but smooth and comfortable. In he worst conceivable weather the fast-as-lightning computerized stabilization features (independent braking and acceleration to wheels to prevent fish-tails, spins, and anti-lock brakes you don't even notice) make you feel like a professional driver; you couldn't lose control of the vehicle on glare ice if your were trying to. While you'd never cause an accident, suppose someone else did? In a cloth convertible, or most other hard-tops, you'd be exposed. But Volvo engineered self-activated rollover bars (you don't have to drive around with rollover bars sticking up behind you like in the BMW or Mercedes) which pop up three feet over the top of the car to protect your head in the event of a rollover or being rear-ended by a semi, but also automatically break the rear window in the event of submersion, so the pressure equalizes and you can open your doors and get out. There are so many high-tech airbags in that car that if you got in an accident you'd think you were in a feather bed. And with the car parked with the top down, it'd be harder to steal, or swipe your CDs than most cars with regular hard tops; its secure to the touch.
For a driver and 1 passenger, the interior room is more than ample, and fits like you most comfy shoes (all my friends say so, large and small). The back seats are fine for kids, or a place to toss your briefcase. Adults can fit back there comfortably once they're inside, but the problem is getting in and out -- I love the car, but I wouldn't ask any adult who isn't flexible to try to sit back there. If you're out top down, and you don't mind your friends climbing in batman style, then no problem. But the back seat entry/exit issue is the same thing you'd find in any 2-door (if they even have back seats).
I told my wife it was my mid-life crisis car, and she said "Perfect, its a great car, safe, sporty, and you can still haul the kids around." So I drive a practical mid-life crisis car.... don't tell anyone.
The best thing is pulling off to the side of the road to put the top up or down. Nobody seems to know there are hard-top convertibles, and necks crane so much I worry about inducing an accident. And for the few hard-top convertibles out there, the Volvo is by far the safest, roomiest, and has real back seats.
If you can afford a 2-seater sports-car convertible AND a luxury sedan 4-seater, then you might be very slightly better off, but if you want both luxury/comfort/safety, and top-down sports car, there's no car that does both as well as the Volvo C70. Its 100% sports car convertible, and 100% sensible, safe, reliable sedan that my family of 4 loves to drive around in, especially on long trips. So to ignore mathematical logic, its 200% car as it functions in both modes at 5 star levels.
And unlike older Volvos (which were high performance, luxury and ultra-safe) which were let's say a little boxy, all the new Volvos have been to the gym and have a really muscular appearance (without giving up a bit of the luxury, safety and comfort).
As far as I'm concerned, the hard-top convertible is the best idea since four wheels, and the Volvo C70 does it better than all the others. If I had four times as much money to spend on a car, I'd still get the C70 and put the rest into an IRA.