The Volvo C70 Convertible has a wonderful understated elegance. A clever 3-piece folding hardtop allows it a sleek shape and very much the look of a proper coupe with it up. With the roof down it’s a pleasant drive and a big improvement over the previous model however the ride is not the smoothest and it is not a car which likes to be pushed around the bends. The ultra-safe C70 feels big and weighty on the road and while it lacks the agility of a BMW it does have an up-market feel.
Both cabin and boot are spacious with the roof up but with it down it can be a fiddle to gain any kind of access to the remaining luggage space. All in all a very stylish and well-equipped offering.
The 2010 re-design of the C70 added a more curvaceous but perhaps less sophisticated look and a redesigned interior.
The Volvo C70 D3 became the base model after the 2.4 litre petrol car was discontinued from the European market. The turbocharged 2 litre D3 is a competent and comfortable cruiser with a smooth five cylinder engine.