New Volvo Like the Old C70 Only Slightly Different

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago

Alternatively, “The new Volvo C70 rewards the owner with self-assured elegance.” So what if you’re an owner without self-assured elegance? Thank God Volvo hasn’t cut back on the Swedish-to-English translation services. Not. “With its new front clip, the Volvo C70 reveals traces of the S60 Concept Car that was unveiled in early 2009. The C70 not relates more closely to the design language of the larger cars in the Volvo model range . . . Bodywork details such as the front fender have also been redesigned, contributing to the decidedly altered appearance . . . We’ve focused the new interior features around the driver to give the owner a stronger perception of being rewarded behind the wheel.” As opposed to the reality of being rewarded, I suppose. Pistonheads adds some kind words about the refreshed model’s performance . . .

The T5, with its five-cylinder 2.3-litre engine producing 220bhp and 236lb ft of torque, remains the sportiest model of the bunch. The unit drags the C70 from 0-60 in 7.6secs and on to 150mph, so don’t be afraid to take it on at the traffic lights when it arrives in the UK early next year.

Ouch. And here’s hoping this one doesn’t malfuction:

Since the Volvo C70 has a proper glass rear window, the hoops shoot up through the glass if the roof is up. They have therefore been fitted with small hardened metal spikes that break the glass to guarantee proper deployment.

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  • The Comedian The Comedian on Sep 01, 2009

    I had an '09 C70 as a rental from Avis a few months back. Did just over 750 miles in two days, criss-crossing back roads through Mass, VT, NH, across to the Adirondacks then back down to CT the next day. Pros: Nice ride, very quiet with the top up, comfortable, fun, quick enough and nice riding. Gorgeous in person, gets looks with the top up or down. Drive it with the top up and the windows down for a pillar-less coupe feeling. Trunk is pretty big with top up. Cons: Top operation is very slow. Both. Up. And. Down. Interior is nice but virtually identical to what you get in a $22,000 C30. (In fact, my R-Design C30 has a nicer interior.) Trunk is very small with top down, but there is a button in the trunk that lifts the roof so you can get to stuff below it. Pricing Note: Even with the current $4,500 incentive, pricing on this car makes it a hard sell.

  • Davekaybsc Davekaybsc on Sep 01, 2009

    Volvo's unique multi-piece folding mechanism is one of the least ugly of all the retractable hard tops, but I absolutely hate the way the line of the trunk lid slices through the tail lamps. Ruins it.

  • Kristjan Ambroz Kristjan Ambroz on Sep 01, 2009

    Design wise I think it is a big letdown after the first Gen C70, and it's based on a smaller platform, but is still heavier. I see them very rarely in Europe as well, so far from the hoped for success. Especially, since there is a Ford Focus alternative, which is practically the same car, with a bit more fun dialled in and significantly cheaper. Not that that's a big seller, either.

  • Jkross22 Jkross22 on Sep 01, 2009
    “With its new front clip, the Volvo C70 reveals traces of the S60 Concept Car that was unveiled in early 2009. Dear Volvo, Ape the IS250 much? Nice and dull.