C70 D4 SE Geartronic
the film Mr Deeds, small-town
nice-guy Longfellow Deeds (Adam
Sandler) inherits billions and
buys a red Corvette convertible
for everyone in his home town.
But after a week behind the wheel
of Volvos stylish convertible it
will be C70s all round if I ever find
myself in the same position as
YOU'RE AFTER A CONVERTIBLE that's comfortable, refined and as safe as it's stylish,
the C70 is a good place to begin and end! your search.
Not only is it probably the safest convertible you can buy, it comes with a
fully automatic retractable metal hardtop.
And when it comes to what's above your head, metal trumps cloth every time.
But it's not just the protection, security and refinement a metal hardtop provides
that's the key to the C70's appeal, it's the manner of travel this genuine four-seater
cabriolet serves up when you're driving topless.
the roof couldn't be any easier or any less demanding simply press and
hold the 'open' button to the right of the swan-neck traditional handbrake while
the two-piece top folds itself away into the upper section of the boot. Make
a note to watch its intriguing ballet from the outside sometime it's
almost as entertaining as watching Concorde take off.
The C70 is notable for
roof up or down,
this is one
smart looking car...
For the record, the folding roof only needs a spare 0.2 metres of clearance
behind the rear bumper during lowering or raising, so no worries about dropping
your top in today's tight car parks.
The C70 is notable for its laid-back Scandinavian design roof up or down,
this is one smart looking car. The cabin, built with high quality materials
and equally high attention to detail, is defined by a minimalist look that in
recent years has become a Volvo trademark.
Easily topping the lengthy list of plus points are the plush, wonderfully cosseting
front seats definitely some of the most comfortable in any car, regardless
of the size of your budget.
The power-adjustable driving position is first class with no compromises necessary
on the part of the driver and both front seat occupants will be cosseted
by first-rate two-stage heated seats, adjustable lumbar support and individual
'own side' heating and cooling.
As you'd expect at this level, the driver's seat has a three-setting memory.
The footrest for the driver's 'clutch foot' is a good size and there's plenty
of room for shins and knees. Visibility is very good thanks to long side windows
and even the hardtop's rear screen doesn't restrict the driver's view of what's
coming up or going on behind.
All major switchgear is easily to hand on the elegant 'floating' panel that
forms the centre stack supplemented by steering wheel-mounted controls for cruise,
audio and 'phone. Starting (as well as locking/unlocking) is conveniently keyless
just turn the switch on the fascia to the left of the meaty leather-wrapped
is present and correct with 3D graphics displayed sharply on a neat screen that
glides up from out of the fascia top when required you use a remote to
operate the system, but it's not a problem and it all works fine once guidance
begins. And everything you touch in the cabin from controls to the soft
leather upholstery has a satisfying quality feel to it.
SatNav is present
and correct with
3D graphics displayed
sharply on a neat
screen that glides up
out of the fascia
Naturally the doors lock automatically as you pull away and all four windows
have one-shot operation, plus the powerfold mirrors park on demand as well as
automatically when locking and leaving.
cabin is an easy place to squirrel away all the unavoidable 'stuff' that goes
with a using a car: you'll find especially handy pouch pockets along the leading
edges of both front seats, accommodating (and well concealed) lidded bins in
the doors, a useful tray behind the centre stack, a two-tier storage box capped
by the centre front armrest and twin cupholders in another bin with a sliding
lid between the front seats.
Reaching the two individual back seats is easy; the front backrest folds and
then glides forward under power making entry and exit both hassle-free even
with the hardtop in place. And when Volvo says 'four-seater' it really does
mean 'four' and not 2+2 in other words, there's easily enough room in
the back of the C70 for two adults along with two adults up front. And all sitting
pretty. In fact, you'd be hard-pressed to find more accommodating rear seats
(and space) in any other cabriolet or hardtop convertible.
Storing a folding metal roof the size of the C70's and still providing usable
space for luggage calls for some clever thinking. Thankfully, Volvo has managed
the trick convincingly with the top up, the boot offers a practical 404
litres; with it neatly folded away in the upper section of the boot you still
have a serviceable 200 litres.
A neat twist is the Load Assist function: press the button in the boot and the
stacked roof lifts up electrically for easier access to any luggage beneath.
There's also a load-through hatch for carrying longer items skiing, anybody?
can be fuelled by juice from the black or the green pump. If petrol is your
poison, there's the hard-charging 226bhp 2.5-litre T5 (146mph, 0-62mph in 8
seconds). There are more choices if diesel is what you prefer your engine to
drink: a 147bhp 2.0 D3 and a 174bhp 2.0 D4.
unruffled and fluid
in and around
town but ramps up
when you squeeze
harder on the accelerator
the bonnet of our test C70 was a five-cylinder D4 turbocharged 2.0-litre unit.
Along with 174bhp, this unit generates a strong 295lb ft of torque between 1,750
On the road that makes for fair punch of power 62mph from standstill
comes up in 9.9 seconds on the way to a maximum speed of 134mph. An ample sufficiency,
as they say; while the turbodiesel stays unruffled and fluid in and around town,
it ramps up its responses when you squeeze harder on the accelerator or need
Ultimately though, the C70 is designed for comfort and refinement rather than
burning rubber and that's exactly what most people want from a premium
drop-top. And with the metal roof up, the cabin is as quiet as a church on Monday.
turboed D4 is mated to Volvo's six-speed Geartonic automatic transmission. It's
a good match the auto shifts crisply and it also incorporates a manual
override for those times when you want even more control or want to hold a gear
through a demanding series of B-road bends.
On motorways, the D4-powered C70 proves to be a nonchalant mile-eating cruiser
in the UK you'll only need 2,000rpm to waft along at the legal limit.
Handling-wise the C70 goes with the flow in a predictable front-wheel drive
way. And that's a good thing it's a pleasure to drive. The powered rack-and-pinion
steering only calls for a light touch but it's not so light that pressing on
a bit along winding secondary roads ever becomes hard work. A set of 18-inch
wheels do their part visually as well as making the C70 feel planted and together
ride, too, is composed. What you won't get, thankfully (and impressively, given
the size of the open cabin) is any scuttle shake something that you will
find on some other large cabrios. Braking is fine; discs at every corner do
their job with typical Volvo efficiency and there's reassuring progression from
driving is what this C70 is all about. The cabin is remarkably peaceful roof-down,
helped by the extent the windscreen extends back. Even with just the front windows
up, the breeze is well-controlled; with all four raised four adults can enjoy
'wind in their hair' motoring or not, as is the case in the C70, which
is even better!
in place, top-down
cruising is serenely free
and thoroughly enjoyable
And if just the front seats are in use and the wind-blocker in place, top-down
cruising is serenely free from buffeting and thoroughly enjoyable even at motorway
speeds. And it's all made even better in hot weather by the very efficient climate
control air-conditioning; in the colder months the heater-heated seats combo
is equally brilliant.
Reassuring too are all the safety features including a roll-over protection
system (two roll hoops hidden behind the rear seats that deploy, roof up or
down, should there be any risk of a roll-over. Plus full stability control is
standard as too is a full complement of airbags along with other useful dual-purpose
(safety & convenience) kit such as Volvo's blind spot warning system, parking
sensors front and rear, cruise control and active Bi-Xenon headlights that follow
the movement of the steering wheel.
The C70 is arguably Volvo's most stylish and desirable model. Its USP is its
genuine all-year-round driveability (for four adults) get the roof down
on a crisp autumnal day, turn on the heated seats and dial up 'hot' on the climate
control and even a trip to the supermarket takes on an indulgent flavour because
in a C70 journeys beat arrivals every trip. Over the course of a week of mixed
driving we averaged 39.4mpg which, along with those super-cosseting seats, only
adds to the appeal. MotorBar
C70 D4 SE Geartronic | £34,895
Maximum speed: 134mph | 0-62mph: 9.9 seconds | Overall test MPG: 39.4mpg
Power: 174bhp | Torque: 295lb ft | CO2 169g/km