Volvo C70 - Used Car

Review

Volvo C70, roof retraction 1
Volvo C70, front
Volvo C70, roof retraction 2
Volvo C70, roof retraction 3
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Volvo C70, rear

THElast series of the good looking Volvo C70 was a full four seater coupe/convertible with a folding metal roof for security and refinement.

They are all getting a little long in the tooth now - production finished in 2014 - but this is a Volvo, and with the mandatory full service history, they should last into long mileages.

Good looking from all angles they may be, but these are not sportscars. They are more grand tourers, giving huge comfort over long distances accompanied by that excellent refinement with the roof up.

The roof is an electrically operated three piece that takes about 30 seconds to raise or lower and, when it's folded into the boot, a button can raise it to leave more luggage space.

However, this luggage space is fairly small with the roof down - just as it is with most CC's.

There's a standard diffuser that fits behind the seats, so that when the roof is down, the cabin stays warm and mostly free from buffeting even on quite cold days.

There were just three engine choices towards the end of production - two versions of the same 2.0-litre diesel brought in from VW and the company's own 2.3 five cylinder petrol turbo.

The lowest powered D3 diesel has 150bhp, while the D4 has 177bhp. The petrol offers an excellent 227bhp and are all are available with five-speed manual or automatic gearboxes

In fact, the automatic suits the car's grand touring, laid back style better than the manual, but it will usually cost £500-800 more.

All C70s are pretty heavy because of the high strength built into the body for safety, so performance is quite a way off the pace for the class.

The 150bhp diesel covers the 0 to 60 miles an hour sprint in a leisurely 11 seconds and the more powerful D4 brings this down to around 10 seconds. But both have decent mid-range urge for overtaking.

They will also both do 47 miles per gallon, which is obviously very good.

The T5 covers the sprint in a much more creditable 7.7 seconds but economy is down at 31mpg.

Manuals have a light clutch and an easy gearchange and all have good power steering and superb brakes.

This was the second generation C70 and it shares many parts with the S40 and V40 from the same era.

Despite the heavy weight, grip and roadholding are good despite some roll, and agility is fair.

This is not a car to be thrown around corners like some of the competition from BMW and Audi.

The Volvo's forte is excellent comfort over all surfaces - and the highest levels of safety as you would expect.

The body is immensely strong and built to protect the occupants in any serious accident by channelling damage away from the passenger compartment.

And there are loads of airbags, an anti-whiplash system, blind-spot monitoring, and anti-submarining seats.

The interior is typical clean and understated Volvo, stylish and functional. But it does have the company's ‘floating' centre console, with a large number of controls and rather small buttons for hitting on the move.

At the end of the production run there were three trim levels on offer - SE, SE Lux and SE Inscription.

There's plenty of standard equipment even in entry-level models, including cruise control, climate and alloy wheels, traction control, excellent seat adjustment and remote audio controls.

SE Lux adds leather upholstery and an electrically adjusted driver's seat, but most cars will have added kit from the extras list including parking sensors and sat nav.

Pay about £9,100 for a '13 13-reg SE manual, or £12,500 for a '14 14-reg D4 SE-Lux automatic.

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