The ride is compliant with British roads, however, it can border on the soft side and this is evident when cornering hard.
It would be best to describe the performance as 'more than adequate', that isn’t too say the C70 T5 isn’t brisk - it mostly certainly is - it just doesn't feel that fast. 0- 60 mph takes 7 seconds and 0- 62 mph takes 7.6 seconds (there is a gear change in there). There is a little turbo lag from the T5, with maximum torque been available quite low down. If you try to put too much power down, too soon, say when leaving a bend or pulling out of a junction the C70 will struggle to put the power down, although torque steer is fairly well controlled, it feels quite safe.
We weren’t that keen the fuel consumption figures, which in everyday driving equated to around the 24 mpg mark, bearing mind that Volvo quote 31 mpg combined, 42.2 mpg extra urban and 21.6 mpg urban - we felt a little bit disappointed.
How It Drove - Ride and Handling
The ride is compliant with British roads, however, it can border on the soft side and this is evident when cornering hard. There is also a little too much body roll which can hinder over enthusiastic driving but levels of grip are impressive and in the dry the DSTC (Dynamic Stability & Traction Control) rarely flickered on. The electro-hydraulic power steering (speed sensitive) is not intrusive and the steering is well weighted, giving reasonable feed back. Although the turning circle at 11.8 meters is not overly impressive and it caught us out a few times, when parking, etc.
The front brake discs are ventilated and you are protected by EBA (emergency brake assist) and EBD (electronic brake distribution). We found the brakes required a little more effort than we would have liked.
Convertible cars are renowned for poor structural rigidity, which effects handling responses, refinement and safety. By contrast to the previous C70 model there is twice the structural rigidity of the predecessor- with the roof down you do notice some scuttle shake and the C70 doesn’t feel as composed as with roof in place, which isn’t surprising considering the size of the car and the loss of the rigidity of the roof.
We really enjoyed our time with the C70, it is so relaxed and composed - overall it isn’t an out and out sports car; it is more of a competent tourer, that isn’t to say that you cannot have a lot of fun.
Volvo C70 Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Volvo C70|
|Colour||Inscription Electric Silver Corse Flake Metallic|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||7.6 Seconds|
|Top Speed||150 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||42.2 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||3-Year / 60,000|
|Price (when tested on the 15/08/07)||£31,275 As Tested|