Vehicle Type: Convertible

History/Description:  With an eye for safety, confidence and all things sensibly Swedish, the Volvo C70 combined four-seat comfort and space with a roof-optional motoring experience that’s big on luxury and peace of mind. Geared and tuned for hours-long top-off comfort rather than feats of performance, the C70 was one of those relatively rare four-seat convertibles often sought out for use by owners who primarily drive alone or with a sole passenger, though occasionally requiring a usable rear seat.

A power-retractable hard-top flips and folds into the C70’s trunk at the touch of a button, effectively offering owners two cars in one: a sleek touring coupe and a classy convertible. Said convertible roof goes from open to closed in half a minute or so.

Heated seats were standard on all models, as were a slew of upscale features including dual-zone automatic climate control, a pollen filter, and an eight-way memory seat for the driver with adjustable lumbar support. Rain-sensing wipers and a headlight washer system add all-weather confidence, and a 650-watt premium stereo system is available for audiophiles.

Engines/Trim: Standard, Premier Plus and Platinum models helped shoppers devise a C70 that’s just right for their tastes, while an array of confidence-enhancing features creates a worry-free driving experience. Available dual-xenon headlamps, rear fog-lamps, a rollover protection system, side-impact protection system and security lighting were all on board, making the C70 as safe as it is comfortable.

All C70 models employ Volvo’s silky ‘T5’ powerplant for motivation. The 2.5L five-cylinder unit features dual camshaft architecture and an intercooled turbocharger, good for 227 hp. The engine is noted for its strong low-end pull, pleasingly quiet operation and seamless, smooth power delivery from idle to redline. All models are front-wheel drive and fitted with a five-speed, manual-mode automatic, or a six-speed manual. Drivers can expect 0-100 km/h in 8 seconds.

Want more power? Consider a used copy with the available Polestar package. This dealer-installed performance upgrade dialed up boost from the turbocharger and re-maps the engine computer for additional output without affecting the C70’s warranty. Power rose from 227 horses to 250, and torque jumped by nearly 40 lb-ft as well. From model year 2011, a light visual and feature content refresh added more value and style.

What Owners Like: Owners typically report a signature safe, solid and secure feeling when driving the C70, a comfortable and nicely-styled cabin, a quiet and relaxing overall driving experience, and exceptional performance from the optional Dynaudio stereo system. The engine, transmission and even shifter and clutch on manual models are said to be smooth and refined. Cargo space with the roof up is decent, and fuel economy is said to be highly agreeable, given the turbocharged punch.

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