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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 80 Ratings for the 2006 - 2013 models.

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  • Value
    9.0/10
    Quality
    9.1/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    8.9/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    9.3/10

The Dream Is REAL!

By on Thursday, January 28, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 57,000

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
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Affordable, Beautiful, Comfortable, Polestar Power"

Cons: "Bluetooth: phone only-(I prefer AUX audio anyway!)"

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

C70 Polestar - My Dream Car

"I had been dreaming about owning a SAAB 900 convertible ever since I was a teen but the dream changed one day when I was at a parade. I saw several local beauty queens sitting up on top of the back seat of the Volvo C70 as it drove down 5th Avenue and it caught my eye. Then from the first moment I laid eyes on the C70's hardtop convertible - it was the car for me. My dream became a reality in February of 2011 and I still love driving this car today. The expert review is accurate but what they don't tell you is that you can upgrade the power by adding a 'Polestar' performance chip and have the mechanics tune it up for high performance. I did it the first week it was available on an aftermarket basis and now I'm the proud owner of a beautiful, luxury, convertible, rocket ship! Got it in 'Ember Black Metallic' paint and invested in an application of Xzilon Molecular Adhesion before it was ever driven off the lot. It's been on the road for five years and it still turns heads. I can't tell you how often I get compliments - and it never gets old. The dream is real - you can have your cake (a luxury convertible) and eat it too - (that's also a high performance hardtop coupe)!"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

C70 Polestar - My Dream Car

Still Fun & Fresh

By on Wednesday, November 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 35,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "reliable, safe, stylish"

Cons: "CD player only holds one disk. low clearance"

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

"I bought this car almost 5 years ago and I still get this new car feeling every time I get in and drive. The vehicle is extremely solid and almost tank-like which is what you want in a convertible - especially when driving at 65 mph in heavy highway traffic, The car has held up well w/ my only complaint being that as with most vehicles, the clearance on the vehicle ideally would be higher. I have a few bottom bumper scrapes. The styling of this vehicle looks very contemporary since the design at the time of purchase was trend setting (e.g. front lights, wheels, etc.) I only wish I didn't get the blue since that seems be the only color I encounter. Resale of this vehicle should be a breeze since my dealer told me "we are always getting calls requesting these, especially if in good condition w/ low mileage." I'd trade in for another volvo convertible if they were only making new ones. In a nutshell, this car was and still is, an instant classic!"

5 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Best car ever

By on Monday, September 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 78,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Comfortable and fun to drive"

Cons: "None"

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

"Bought this car new and love every part of it. Never had any problems other than passenger door lock mechanism which I changed out myself. Installed new front brake calipers and did all around brake job. Very fun car the drive and very good gas mileage."

2 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Great convertible !

By on Thursday, September 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 73,700

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
6/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

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

"First owner, very happy with overall performance. + Hardtop works nicely, good protection in winter. + Fuel economy around 31mpg HW. + Powerful engine, quiet ride. + Love the wood trim ! + Very reliable and safe mechanics and electronics. - Chassis a bit soft with top down. - Suspension a bit hard on short bumps. - Rear view quite limited. - Rear seats not really good for long rides."

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

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."

7 people out of 13 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."

11 people out of 18 found this review helpful

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