Volvo C70 Review (2006)

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Volvo C70 Review

Volvo C70 Review | Part TwoVolvo C70 Road Test

Volvos are generally considered to be a safe bet.

Volvos are generally considered to be a safe bet. Solidly built but in years gone by they had a tendency to be slab-sided and tank-like.

A few years ago, something changed and the Volvo family developed muscular shoulders and a new distinct style, while remaining dependable. However, a Volvo isn’t usually described as sporty but that’s the term Volvo use to describe the new C70 coupe convertible.

Volvo’s designers started with the coupe design and then worked out the convertible functionalities. “We wanted to design the most perfect four-seat coupe we possibly could,” said Fedde Talsma, the C70’s chief designer. The result is the new C70, which is slightly shorter and lower than the previous model. This seems to enhance the classic design and the car looks as good with the roof up as it does down.

The roof is in three parts so that it folds down into a smaller space than a two-section roof. The mechanics involved in the action always fascinates me and is something to behold. The roof is metal, which has its advantages in that there is better sound insulation, security and rigidity when it’s up. The latter is also helped by the full-size, glass rear windscreen.

There are no latches to unfasten, the roof is fully automatic and is operated via a button next to the parking brake on the central tunnel. The roof breaks into its various sections and folds serenely into the boot. It takes just under 30 seconds and cannot be done on the move as the brake pedal needs to be depressed during the operation.

In order to accommodate the roof and luggage, the boot lid cleverly opens both ways. Inside, is s retractable platform that separates the luggage from the roof. If it isn’t in its extended position the roof will not function. It’s a simple thing to remember but it is easy to find yourself scratching your head wondering why it isn’t working while neglecting to look at the very helpful display that tells you the reason.

Loading shopping and suchlike when the roof is in the boot is helped by a button on the boot lip, which lifts the platform and roof so that you can slide luggage underneath. There is also a recess under there, in which the optional (£250.00) wind-deflector can be folded and stowed in its bag. Under normal circumstances, the boot is quite large but the roof does take up a lot of space, reducing the capacity from 404- to 200-litres.

Volvo C70 Review | Part Two
Volvo C70 Review | Part TwoVolvo C70 Road Test
Volvo C70 Road Test Data
Model ReviewedVolvo C70 2.4i Sport
  
Body TypeCoupe Convertible
ColourSilver Metallic
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph9.1 Seconds
Top Speed 137 mph
  
Transmission5-Speed Manual
  
Fuel TypeUnleaded Petrol
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban21.9 mpg
Extra Urban42.2 mpg
Combined31.4 mpg
  
Insurance Group15
Euro NCAP RatingTBA
Warranty3-Year/60,000 mile warranty
Price (when tested on the 04/10/06)£26,225

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