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2013 Volvo C70 Review

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2013 Volvo C70 Expert Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.0

Retractable-hardtop coupes are nothing new; they've been part of the automotive landscape for over 80 years. But only recently have engineers created a practical model that is both affordable and safe. Once such example can be found on the 2013 Volvo C70 convertible, a sleek coupe that looks even sleeker with its top neatly hidden away. In addition to its compelling style, the C70 also touts a number of safety features you won't find on more conventional soft-tops, including side-airbag curtains designed to protect occupants even when the windows are down. The C70 also had a usable rear seat where two adults can sit without contorting themselves into position. Try that in an Audi A5 Cabriolet or Lexus IS 250C.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're lusting after a convertible but reality dictates you drive something safe, secure and able to be driven year-round without worry, check out the 2013 Volvo C70 convertible. It will meet all of your (and your spouse's) requirements for a pretty reasonable price.

You May Not Like This Car If...

While the Volvo C70 convertible is a great open-air ride, its driving dynamics can't match the fun experienced behind the wheel of a BMW 3 Series or Audi A5 Cabriolet. The C70's resale values also fall short of its German and Japanese rivals.

KBB Expert Ratings

  • 7.0
  • 6.9
  • 7.5
  • 6.9
  • 6.7
  • 7.8
How It Ranks

#3

out of 8

Fuel Economy

#7

out of 9

Horsepower
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Consumer Rating

8.8 out of 10
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2013 Volvo C70 Low/wide front photo What's New for 2013

Changes to the 2013 Volvo C70 convertible include standard rain-sensing wipers and headlight washers on all trims. A rear spoiler is added to the Inscription Package.

Driving the C70
2013 Volvo C70 Front angle view photo

Driving Impressions From the exceptional comfort of its form-fitting bucket seats to its pleasant and predictable road manners, the 2013 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. While some enthusiasts may be unimpressed with the C70's comparatively low 227-horsepower 2.5-liter inline-5 engine, Volvo offers a modest upgrade. To help appease performance-oriented drivers, the T5 Inscription package adds 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 principal draw is its reinforced retractable hardtop. Whether the forecast calls for a torrential downpour or an abundance of sunshine, the Volvo's 2013 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.

2013 Volvo C70 Details
2013 Volvo C70 Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo Interior

Exceptionally ergonomic and reasonably upscale, the 2013 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
2013 Volvo C70 photo

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 deck-lid 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 comprises 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 chock-full 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 stand-alone options, the 2013 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
2013 Volvo C70 Engine photo

The Volvo light-pressure turbocharging is designed more for economical all-around driving than for performance, but if you feel a 10-percent horsepower increase and a handful of additional standard features are worth $4K, Volvo offers the Inscription package that adds a modest bump to horsepower and torque. Both the base T5 and T5 with Inscription package models send power to the front wheels via a relatively outdated 5-speed automatic transmission.

2.5-liter turbocharged inline-5
227 horsepower @ 5,000 rpm
250 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm (optional Inscription Package)
236 lb-ft of torque @ 1,500-5,000 rpm
273 lb-ft of torque @ 1,500-3,000 rpm (optional Inscription Package)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/28 mpg

The 2013 Volvo C70's Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starts around $42,000 and tops out close to $52,000 with all the trimmings. The Volvo C70 finds itself in a small but enviable pack of European-built convertibles. Like the more expensive BMW 3 Series, it offers the advantage of a retracting hardtop, while its other chief rival, the Audi A5 Cabriolet, is equipped with a folding fabric top. With a retractable hardtop and comparable sticker price, the Lexus IS 250C is conceivably the C70's closest competitor. A quick glance at Kelley Blue Book's Fair Purchase Price will show you the typical transaction price for C70s in your market area, so be sure to reference it before you begin negotiating. The Volvo C70 maintains above-average 5-year resale values, but falls short of the marks set by the BMW 3 Series, Audi A5 Cabriolet and Lexus IS 250C.

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2013 Volvo C70 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 70 Ratings for the 2006 - 2013 models.

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  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    9.0/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    8.9/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    9.4/10

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."

14 people out of 22 found this review helpful

this is a georgpos gold colr paint complaments exc

By on Monday, May 12, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
Not Rated
Comfort
Not Rated

Pros: "great car"

Cons: "no cons"

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

"this is a beautiful gold color paint compliments on how good it looks all the time. runs excellent and performs like new. No defects on this beauty. selling because I want to purchase a newer model."

8 people out of 18 found this review helpful

Great exterior design, mediocre interior design

By on Tuesday, April 29, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Hot design + performance w/ great safety features"

Cons: "Ltd leg room; poor latches everywhere"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"People always stare at my car, esp. when the top is down. I like the fact that I'm driving an attractive vehicle that also makes me feel safe. Plenty of power, decent handling, very stable and reliable. What I don't like is that both closing mechanisms on the rear storage compartments broke after the warranty period and Volvo wanted to replace the entire panels at a cost of $1,800 rather than fix the closing mechanism. The other thing I don't like is the limited field of vision while turning, due to the front windshield roof supports. I suppose with a convertible that's unavoidable."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

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