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2012 Volvo C70

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2012 Volvo C70 Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.1

Although the advent of the retractable hardtop can be traced back to the mid-1930s, it wasn't until the late 20th century that automotive engineers began refining and perfecting this technology of the "Golden Age." Today, the rising popularity of retractable hardtops stems as a result of their safety, light weight and, best of all, affordability. The 2012 Volvo C70 emulates all the desirable qualities one would expect from a premium cabriolet; however, conventional hardtops are unable to equal the C70's legion of safety features. And unlike the majority of 2+2 convertibles such as the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet, Lexus IS 250C and the Audi A5 Cabriolet, the C70's rear seat offers reasonably comfortable accommodations for two adults.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you relish the unique driving sensation only a convertible can provide, but you desire the safety, security and refinement of a traditional hardtop coupe, the Volvo C70 will satisfy your distinctive new-car buying provisions.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If your idea of open-air fun includes blasting through mountain roads purely for the enjoyment of driving, the C70 will leave you yearning for additional performance. Enthusiasts might find the BMW 3 Series convertible more appealing.

What's New for 2012

Changes to the 2012 Volvo C70 include standard Bluetooth with audio streaming capability, available LED daytime running lights, and a new smartphone application featuring concierge, maintenance and emergency services.

Driving the C70

Driving Impressions From the exceptional comfort of its form-fitting bucket seats to its pleasant and predictable road manners, the 2012 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 335is convertible or Audi S5 Cabriolet, the C70 will prove more than sufficient for the vast majority of drivers. Until the 2012 models arrived in showrooms, part of the letdown for enthusiasts was the C70's comparatively low 227 horsepower produced by the convertible's sole engine choice, a 2.5-liter inline-5. So to help appease performance-oriented drivers, the range-topping T5 Inscription model receives a host of refinements for the same engine, yielding a 23-horsepower increase along with an additional 37 lb-ft of torque.

Retractable Steel Hardtop
Not surprisingly, the Volvo C70's principle draw is its reinforced retractable hardtop. Whether the forecast calls for a torrential downpour or an abundance of sunshine, the C70 has you covered – and uncovered, too.

Advanced Climate Control
Allergy sufferers can breathe a sigh of relief thanks to the Volvo C70's comprehensive climate control system. To help maintain appropriate humidity levels and prevent atmospheric pollutants from entering the cabin, the C70's ventilation system employs a humidity sensor, cabin filter and Volvo's renowned Interior Air Quality System.

2012 Volvo C70 Details
Interior

Exceptionally ergonomic and reasonably upscale, the 2012 Volvo C70's cabin produces an engaging experience. Like most modern Volvos, the C70's center stack contains prominent controls and user-friendly climate functions. Standard Sovereign Hide leather handsomely wraps the seating surfaces, while brushed aluminum inlays highlight the C70's athletic underpinnings. Although the C70's rear seats offer more legroom than most 4-seat convertibles, passengers relegated to the back seat will still find it a bit constricting. Another limiting factor is the retractable hardtop's impact on trunk space, which cuts cargo room nearly in half during open-top driving.

Exterior

Despite Volvo's Scandinavian origins, credit for the C70's sleek exterior architecture goes to Italy's celebrated Pininfarina design studio. In an effort to align the C70 with Volvo's current design language, a wedge-shaped nose fronted by the brand's trademark grille provides superbly good looks with the top up or down. Moreover, distinctive LED taillights and optional xenon headlights for both the high and low beams emphasize the C70's contemporary design. Highlighting the C70 T5 Inscription's supplemental horsepower is a set of 18-inch high-gloss alloy wheels, a black-painted grille with chrome accents, and a rear decklid spoiler.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Leading the list of standard equipment is the 3-piece retractable steel roof that opens or closes in less than 30 seconds. The standard audio system is comprised of eight speakers, a USB port for MP3/WMA players, HD Radio and SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Since the C70 is a Volvo, after all, it is chockfull of the latest active and passive safety systems like anti-submarining guards that help prevent passengers from sliding out of their seatbelts in the event of a collision.

Optional Equipment

Rather than overcomplicating the ordering process with a laundry list of packages and standalone options, the 2012 C70 can be configured in two simple trims levels: Premier Plus and Platinum. The Platinum trim includes perhaps the most desirable available feature for the C70, a premium audio system with a 12-speaker arrangement pumping out crisp Dolby Pro Logic II surround sound. The Platinum trim includes a hard drive-based navigation with a 6.5-inch pop-up display and real time traffic updates. If you're looking to breathe easy behind the wheel, opt for the available Interior Air Quality System that automatically shuts the external vents when the sensors detect traces of airborne impurities.

Under the Hood

The Volvo light-pressure turbocharging is designed more for economical all-around driving than for performance, but if you feel a 10% horsepower increase and a handful of additional standard features is worth $4K, Volvo offers the slightly more powerful C70 T5 Inscription model. Both the base T5 and top of the line Inscription models send power to the front wheels via a relatively outdated 5-speed automatic transmission.

C70 T5
2.5-liter turbocharged inline-5
227 horsepower @ 5000 rpm
236 lb-ft of torque @ 1500 to 5000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/28 mpg

C70 T5 Inscription
2.5-liter turbocharged inline-5
250 horsepower @ 5500 rpm
273 lb-ft of torque @ 1500 to 3000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/28 mpg

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2012 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 10 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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