All round visibility is excellent, even with the roof up however, shorter drivers may find the door mirrors hinder their view.
Access is easy with the roof up; the ‘A’ pillars are far enough forward not to get in the way. Access to rear is fairly good with the front seats sliding a fair way forward. The seats irritatingly didn’t always return to their initial position which was a pain for the driver.
Headroom in the front is not excellent but perfectly adequate, very tall drivers may touch the roof lining. Both front seats are adjustable for height and have a front tilt, to obtain the perfect driving position.
Rear headroom is pretty good and you can accommodate 2 adults in the rear, although they may complain about leg room but this will all depend on the size of the front occupants. There are two isoFix child seat fixing points in the rear; they don’t have a top tether point, should your seats require them. Strangely, Volvo charge you £25 for a passenger airbag cut off switch, should you wish to use the front passenger seat to accommodate a child seat.
Lowering and raising the steel hard top roof is easy, you don’t have to undo any clips and it is a simple push button operation. The roof takes around 30 second to lower and raise and it is quite a party trick – we lost count of the number of times people asked for a demonstration. You do have to be stationary to operate the roof, with your foot on the brake, some cars such as the Vauxhall Astra TwinTop allows you to lower / raise the roof at low speeds but the C70’s roof is quite heavy, so I guess it is a safety precaution.
The three piece roof stacks neatly into the boot which does take up a fair amount of room, effectively reducing the boot space in half from 400 litres VDA (the same as the Volvo S60 saloon) to 200 litres. The boot is split by a dividing cover, so that you don’t put luggage in the way of the roof. With the roof stacked in the boot you can raise the roof using the load assist button in order to get under the folded stacked rood to access your luggage.The powered steel roof is very clever and the C70 feels very secure with it raised, especially when compared to a soft top convertible such as the Mercedes-Benz CLK – oh how disadvantaged they must feel.
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