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2011 Volvo C70

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2011 Volvo C70 Review

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Thanks to cars like the 2011 Volvo C70 convertible, the days of the ill-fitting and drafty rag-top appear to be numbered. Retractable hardtops are nothing new: The idea first appeared in production automobiles some 60 years ago. Only recently has technology managed to make a safe, lightweight and, most importantly, affordable retractable hardtop convertible. The 2011 Volvo C70's top includes the all-important safety features found on a traditional fixed-roof car, namely a reinforced roof rail and side-curtain airbags, which are necessary to pass government tests. Unlike many of its competitors, the C70 has a usable rear seat.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you love the feel of open-air driving, but you worry about the safety and lack of security of a fabric top, the 2011 Volvo C70 has you covered. And uncovered, too.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a performance oriented-convertible that will raise your neck hair even with the top up, the 2011 Volvo C70 probably won't stir you. Try the BMW 3 Series instead.

What's Significant About This Car?

Changes for the 2011 Volvo C70 are mostly cosmetic. There is a revised front end with a new grille, nose, headlamps and front fenders. Inside a new dashboard and instrument cluster join a more feature-rich standard-equipment list.

Driving the C70

Driving Impressions From the exceptional comfort of its form-fitting bucket seats to its pleasant and predictable road manners, the 2011 Volvo C70 is every inch the car Volvo promises it to be....

Although it doesn't possess the extreme handling and acceleration of cars such as the BMW 3 Series and Audi S5 Cabriolet, the C70 will prove more than sufficient for the vast majority of drivers. Part of the letdown for enthusiasts is the comparatively low 227 horsepower produced by the light pressure turbocharger. With more boost, this engine could reach 300 horsepower, but that's not the type of driving the C70 buyer cares about, at least not in Volvo's opinion.

Retractable Steel Hardtop
You have to love the fact that the 2011 Volvo C70 can be a quiet, cozy closed coupe in a rain shower and, with the touch of a button, turn into a wide-open convertible when the clouds depart.

Dynaudio Sound System
Green Day or Sinatra, music has rarely sounded as pure and clear as through the 2011 Volvo C70's audiophile-worthy system.

2011 Volvo C70 Details
Interior

True to its Scandinavian roots, the 2011 Volvo C70's interior is as pleasing to ride in as it is to view. A new dash design provides a wider, sleeker look and the new gauge cluster instruments feature graphics and typefaces specific to the C70. Of course, Volvo's signature "floating" console is still here, evoking the look and feel of high-end audio equipment. Long known for their comfortable seats, Volvo does not disappoint with the C70. Rear seat passengers also have a comfortable perch, but might find legroom a bit on the snug side. The C70's leather seats come in a variety of colors, but all wear premium Sovereign cowhide coverings. In another nod to security, the C70's many inboard storage areas are synced with the central locking system, assuring that valuables stay safe even when the top is down.

Exterior
2011 Volvo C70 photo

Aided by the design experts from Italy's renowned Pininfarina styling studio, Volvo engineers have created a convertible that can accommodate four adults, has a usable trunk and looks great with the top up or down. A new, aggressive wedge-shaped nose is joined by large flared headlamps and matching fog light bezels. Around back, LED taillights complete the exterior freshening. Even with its short nose, the 2011 Volvo C70 still looks fairly aggressive. Trunk space, the Achilles' heel of retractable hardtops, is actually quite good,with 12.8-cubic feet trunk capacity with the top up, and six cubic feet of cargo space with the top retracted.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Leading the list of standard equipment is the three-piece retractable steel roof that is actuated by a computer-controlled electric motor and hydraulic pump. To activate the top the vehicle must be stationary, but it opens or closes in 30 seconds. As you would guess, the C70 is chockfull of active and passive safety systems. The standard transmission is a five-speed Geartronic automatic with manual shift control.

Optional Equipment

Perhaps the most desirable item on the Volvo C70's option list is the Multimedia Package, which includes a 12-speaker arrangement with a high-end 130-watt digital amplifier that powers Dolby Pro Logic II Surround Sound. The package also includes HDD navigation with Real Time Traffic updates. Other available options include cranberry leather seating surfaces, Homelink remote garage door opener, heated front seats, headlamp washers, Sirius Satellite Radio, rain-sensing windshield wipers, Blind Spot Information System, 18-inch alloy wheels, Bi-xenon headlamps and rear park assist.

Under the Hood

The Volvo light-pressure turbocharging is designed more for economical all-around driving than for performance, so forgive us if we craved a little more horsepower and torque from the 2.5-liter in-line five-cylinder engine. Maybe we're a little spoiled: In the 1980s, the Chevrolet Corvette barely topped the Volvo C70's 227 horsepower. The big plus for the Volvo is its laudable fuel economy.

2.5-liter in-line five turbo
227 horsepower @ 5000 rpm
236 lb.-ft. of torque @ 1500 to 5000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/28

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2011 Volvo C70 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 75 Ratings for the 2006 - 2013 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    9.0/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    8.9/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    9.4/10

Great reliable and fun to drive

By on Friday, July 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 93,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Very nice touring vehicle"

Cons: "They don't make it any more"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Best car I have owned. Ordered new and have love this car since the first day. Low maintenance Easy to open convertible top. Yeah trunk can be small with top down but good room when top is up."

6 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Every one turns their heads

By on Sunday, June 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 47,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "FunFunFun"

Cons: "Looses value quickly,more phone connections"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have only one complaint... When I get into my car, and the top is down, I fear hitting my head on the left corner of the windshield. I get into my car with my drivers seat all the way back. Then I adjust my seat forward . I am waiting for the new Volvo convertible to be released."

9 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Great Hardtop Convertible

By on Sunday, March 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 7,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great Ride - Comfortable - Quality - Hardtop Conve"

Cons: "Not quite as fast as it's competitors"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I had my sights on a hardtop convertible and just coming from a G37 I ruled out the convertible version of it. A BMW 3 Series? Ya.. If it was an M3 convertible but then I'd shell out another 30+K and I would never go with anything below the M3 in the line. I was looking for something that was comfortable and had a great ride. I am 6'1 225lbs and I can be in these seats all day long. Top down with the wind blocker up there is no wind buffeting even at 80+ MPH on freeway. With that being said, this is no speed burner vehicle and I have the Polestar version, but it is a great gentlemen's express. I'm in mid 40's and this car fits the bill.. I understand speed having owned a Lotus, some Porches and the car before the G37 was an E55 with a full Renntech Package on it (ran the 1/4 in under 12 secs in 2005. The ultimate question would be if I had the choice to buy it again it would be a definite Y E S! Happy top down motoring folks.."

12 people out of 15 found this review helpful

Attractive, comfortable and solid

By on Friday, January 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 9,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "reasonable price, well designed, comfortable"

Cons: "None so far"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Back in 2012 we rented a c70 while on vacation in California. We spent a week with the car so we knew what we were getting into when we decided to purchase one in 2013. Since the model was discontinued we needed to be patient while we searched for an acceptable car to be offered for sale. We eventually located a new Platinum c70 in new England at a fair price. Looked, drove and purchased in about 2 hours. We've not been disappointed. Car is comfortable, well engineered and does exactly what it is designed to do. It's not a race car, it's a Volvo. Of course you can't buy these new any longer but if you're looking for an elegant, comfortable hard top convertible look for a low mileage used model. If you enjoy music the platinum trim audio system by Bang & Olsen is one of the best if not the best I've ever heard in a car."

18 people out of 30 found this review helpful

Good looking, fun, safe vehicle

By on Thursday, October 23, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 98,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "White Hardtop convert. .Compliments from strangers"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought this from the original owner and enjoyed it for 2 summers. I now need a 4 door due to helping with grandchildren and needed room for baby car seat."

18 people out of 28 found this review helpful

This is a really great car

By on Tuesday, July 01, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 19,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Upscale quality of materials and workmanship."

Cons: "backseat leg room on the small side."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I'm not sure which I like better the amazing interior or the exterior. This car looks great inside and out even with the top up. Volvo has been building way upscale quality cars ever since they stopped making cars that look like boxes with wheels. As for performance you can get the car's software upgraded and increase horsepower to 250 which makes a real difference. My car has all the bells and whistles, the stereo is the best i have ever had in a car. Before I owned this Volvo I owned BMWs and lots of them, I have to say the C70 is a much better value than BMW, quality is on the same level but the price is 10K less. The Volvo 5 is not as smooth as the BMW 6 and front wheel drive may not be as good as rear wheel drive but 99% of the time you really can't tell the difference. The Volvo is a very pretty car."

29 people out of 41 found this review helpful

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