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 C70convertible, 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.
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.
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.
A horsepower increase from 218 to 227 marks the big news for the
2008 Volvo C70. A few additional improvements to interior functionality are added, as are new colors, Keyless Drive and Volvo's Blind Spot Information System.
"I currently have a 2007 C70 and its been in my family since it was new. Originally it was only driven during the summer as a convertible. Over the past few years, we have started to drive it everyday, and I have to say that it is fantastic. Quiet, comfortable, can actually fit 4 people in the car, and have enough truck space for everyone. My only complaint is that I dont average the fuel economy that was advertised, although when I am driving with the top down, I could care less, and my only other problem is that I wish it was just a little better in the acceleration department. Overall still a great car"
"I love this car. I drove all of the hard tops on the market before deciding on the Volvo, the main reason was because "it's a Volvo." I have owned it for 1 year and 1 month and have had it served 11 times for a roof rattle. They finally determined it was an upholstery pin that was loose, removed all the upholstery, replaced the pins and 6 weeks later, it started again. I now am the proud owner of a $45,000 car that I can't stand to drive unless the top is down...no one at volvo seems to care that this all started within 2 weeks of driving it off the lot."