2009 Volvo C70 | new car review

Posted on Feb 4, 2010 by

C70

 

The C70 is one of those rare treats in the hard-top / range of models available today; one that looks just great, be that with the roof up or the roof down.

Some convertibles can look the part with the roof down, but then fold it up and the car loses a lot of its charm. Metal, folding roofs have come a long way in recent years, and it is this exceptionally well-designed fold-up metalwork that keeps the C70 looking very attractive from any angle.

However, it is still that rather odd (and annoying, for Volvo, at least) boredom cliché that keeps some of the great Volvo cars out of the wish lists of many potential new car buyers. It is most likely a mixture of badge snobbery and the feeling that Volvos are for the older folks. But, in a new era of car design in general, and one which Volvo seems to be happily keeping up with, we can expect interest to grow in the brand, maybe in the Middle East, too.

2009 Volvo C70The three-piece roof comes up and down in around 30-seconds, and there is no doubting that pushing the roof button at the traffic lights is still a fun way to show off this rather cool car to other road-users.
With the top down, the C30 is smoothly wedge-shaped, showing a very clean and minimal design that doesn’t attack the senses; merely washing-over you instead. With that tin-top folded up the C30 simply looks like a nicely proportioned coupe, with a slightly sporting nature, but mainly aimed at a classy rather than full-on racy style – a car with a double-ego indeed.

Available in this region are the same two five-cylinder engines as found in the C30, one is a 2.4-litre, naturally-aspirated petrol engine, and the other is a turbocharged 2.5-litre petrol.

2009 Volvo C70The units make 170bhp and 230bhp, respectively, with perhaps the more powerful and torquey turbo engine being the right choice for what is, after all, a fairly large car in the midsize segment.

Both engines transmit their power through automatic gearboxes with tiptronic gear shift options, and all of the C70s are front-wheel-drive. Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, power seats, trip computer, automatic dimming rear-view mirror and a CD/radio audio system.

You can, of course, expect all of the very best in onboard safety from the C70, but now for the first time in Volvos successful history, you can also expect some of the slickest and most modern auto design to be seen on the road.
2009 Volvo C70
Specification

Body TypeEngine (litres)Power (bhp)Torque (Nm)Transmission
Coupe-convertible2.4170230A
2.5230320A

Price Range (AED) 159,000 – 184,000

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