By KBB.com Editors
The days of the canvas convertible top are fast coming to a close, and cars like the 2010 Volvo C70 are the primary reason. Although Ford pioneered the idea of a retractable hardtop back in the 1950s, only recently has the technology been perfected. While convertibles such as the Lexus SC 430 and Volkswagen Eos demonstrate the hard-top concept, Volvo has figured out a way to build in added safety features such as reinforced roof rails, pop-up roll bars and door-mounted side-curtain airbags. Unlike many convertibles, the C70 can seat four adults in relative comfort and, while not cheap, it is well within the price range of the average premium convertible buyer.You'll Like This Car If... You May Not Like This Car If...
If you desire leading-edge performance from your European sportster, you might find the C70's performance a tad on the tame side.What's New for 2010
Changes for 2010 are limited to the reshuffling of some of option packages, the addition of two-position fixed front head restraints and new 18-inch "Sirona" diamond cut wheels.Driving It Driving Impressions
The Volvo C70 is every inch a Volvo and that extends from the exceptional comfort of its seats to its satisfying on-road manners. While no one will find the C70 offers the precise handling and exhilarating performance of some of its top competitors, it does a more-than-creditable job of finding the right balance between ride and handling for most luxury coupe-convertible drivers. Though acceleration is more than adequate, frankly we wished the 2.5-liter five-cylinder T5 engine with light-pressure turbocharging produced more than its advertised 227 horsepower. Torque is adequate at 236 pound-feet in what is a flat "curve" from 1,500 to 5,000 rpm, but a little more horsepower would turn the C70 from a satisfying ride to a thrilling one.Favorite Features
Retractable Steel Hardtop
You have to love the fact that the C70 can be a quiet, cozy closed coupe in a rain shower and a wide-open convertible in the sun at the touch of a button.
Dynaudio Sound System
Green Day or Sinatra, music has rarely sounded as pure and clear as through the C70's audiophile-worthy system.