Volvo C70

The Essentials

  • Price from £29,805
  • What Car? says: 2 star rating
  • Fuel economy: up to 47.9mpg
  • What is it? Sleek and safe coupe cabriolet

Great

  • Looks fantastic roof up or down
  • Room for four inside
  • Impressive folding roof

Gripes

  • Expect wheelspin from most powerful engines
  • Not the smoothest ride
  • Some fiddly buttons on floating console
  • Drive

    Best as a comfortable cruiser: it's quiet roof up or down. Watch out for wheelspin from the most powerful engines

  • Inside

    Beautifully comfortable, with sensibly organised controls

  • Safety

    Everything you need to keep you safe on the road, and deadlocks to deter crooks

  • Reliability

    Build feels top quality and we'd expect few problems. If roof squeaks, seals may need lubricating

  • Space

    Four adults will fit without grumbling. Luggage room is generous until you drop the roof

  • Standard and extras

    Climate and cruise control, alloy wheels and electric windows are standard. Top trims have electrically controlled leather seats

  • What's it like to drive?

    For quick getaways opt for the 2.5-litre petrol, if you're watching the budget go for a diesel; the 2.0 is cheapest to run but the 2.5 has more oomph. Avoid the 18-inch wheels - the more powerful engines will deliver a dramatic wheelspin if you're not careful. Otherwise it's a tranquil experience with the Volvo C70's roof up or down, and folding it away takes around 25 seconds.

  • What's it like inside?

    Volvo has mastered the art of comfortable seats, and the cabin layout is simple and stylish. Some of the smaller buttons can be a little fiddly, but there's useful storage and an MP3 socket behind the floating centre console. Two adults can fit into the rear seats comfortably, and ISOFIX child-seat fixings are fitted. The boot is very roomy until you lower the roof. All C70s come with climate control, alloy wheels, cruise control and steering wheel-mounted stereo controls. Safety is top-notch with six airbags, stability control and pop-up rollover bars as standard.

  • How reliable is it?

    The C70 comes across as a classy car, thanks to a cabin that's well built from appealing materials. Everything feels built to last, although it's not unknown for the roof to rattle when it's in place.

  • Should I buy one?

    The Volvo C70 is a rare sight on the road, so exclusivity should help keep resale values almost as strong as those of the Audi A4 or BMW 3 Series convertibles. The diesel models will be more economical to run.