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2013 Volvo C70 Review

The 2013 Volvo C70 ranks near the bottom of its class due to its boring driving dynamics and confusing cabin technology.

Pros & Cons

  • More rear-seat space than rivals
  • Less agile than competitors
  • Confusing navigation controls




Critics' Rating: 7.1
Performance: 6.8
Interior: 7.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2013 Volvo C70 Overview

Is the 2013 Volvo C70 a Good Used Car?

A used 2013 Volvo C70 convertible should be one of the last luxury midsize cars you consider. Aside from having a roomy back seat, it doesn’t match up well against rivals. Most competitors have better reliability ratings, sharper handling, and nicer interiors with more features.

Used 2013 Volvo C70 Performance and Interior

The front-wheel-drive 2013 Volvo C70 comes with a 227-horsepower, turbocharged five-cylinder engine. It’s paired with a five-speed automatic transmission that has a manual shift mode. Models with the Inscription package tune the engine to deliver 250 horsepower. The C70 delivers a decent amount of power, but some auto reviewers feel the engine doesn’t play well with the transmission. The C70 has fairly composed handling and a smooth ride, but it simply can’t match the smooth power delivery of the 2013 BMW 328i or Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

According to the EPA, the base C70 gets 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, which is comparable to the estimates of rival convertibles.

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The Volvo C70 convertible seats four in its good-looking, well-built interior. The front seats are comfortable and supportive, and the back seats are some of the roomiest in the class. Most convertibles have little trunk space, but the C70 has a spacious 12.8 cubic feet with the top up. That shrinks to just 6 cubic feet with the top down. Still, that’s close to the size of most other luxury midsize cars’ overall storage spaces.

Standard features include Bluetooth phone connectivity, a USB port, and satellite radio. Heated front seats, navigation, a premium Dolby audio system, and blind spot monitoring are available. While the convertible’s dashboard climate controls are easy-to-use, its stereo and available navigation system aren’t as user-friendly.

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Used 2013 Volvo C70 Prices

The average 2013 C70 convertible ranges from nearly $18,300 for the front-wheel-drive base model up to about $19,000 for C70 Platinum model with the Inscription package. Exact prices vary depending on the car’s mileage, condition, location, and features.

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We Did the Research for You: 66 Reviews Analyzed

We base our used car rankings and reviews on an analysis of hard data – including crash test scores, reliability ratings, and total cost of ownership estimates – as well as the opinions of the automotive press. We researched and analyzed 66 Volvo C70 reviews for this 2013 C70 overview.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Volvo C70?

The 2013 C70 has a reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power. That’s considered average across the industry as a whole, but most luxury midsize cars earn a score of four or better.   

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How Safe Is the C70?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2013 Volvo C70 a top rating of Good in all three of its crash tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not conduct crash test evaluations.

The C70 provides no standard active safety features, but parking sensors and blind spot monitoring are available in some models.

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Is the 2013 C70 the Best Model Year to Buy?

The 2013 C70 was the final model year of this car, which was launched in 2008. There were no significant updates for 2013, so you may want to consider a nearly identical used 2012 C70 to save money. The 2011 model will cost you even less, but it lacks standard Bluetooth audio.

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Which Used Volvo C70 Is Right for Me?

The Volvo C70 convertible is available in three trims: T5, T5 Premier Plus, and T5 Platinum. The C70 T5 comes standard with a power-folding convertible hardtop, leather upholstery, Bluetooth for phones, a USB port, and satellite radio.

Upper trims don’t add many standard features. The C70 T5 Premier Plus, for example, only adds push-button start and rear park assist. The C70 T5 Platinum model gets an updated sound system and navigation. If you want heated front seats, headlamp washers, or adaptive headlights, you will need to find a model that has the available Climate and Dynamic packages. Models with the Inscription package feature sport-inspired styling elements and an extra 23 horsepower.

Volvo dealerships also offer certified pre-owned vehicles. Volvo provides all certified pre-owned vehicles with a comprehensive warranty good for seven years or 100,000 miles from the new-car purchase date. Each CPO Volvo must pass a 130-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Volvo warranty page carefully. The model's original sale date determines whether it is eligible for the CPO program.

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2013 Volvo C70 and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2013 Volvo C70 or 2013 BMW 3 Series?

The BMW 328i convertible features a powerful, 230-horsepower four-cylinder engine and excellent handling capabilities. The 3 Series also comes with a few more standard features than the C70, including a 6.5-inch iDrive infotainment touch screen, power-adjustable front seats, and dual-zone automatic climate control. It’s the car to buy, even though you’ll have a little less legroom in the back seat.

Which Is Better: 2013 Volvo C70 or 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class?

The Mercedes E-Class and the C70 are at opposite ends of our class rankings, with the E-Class sitting near the top. It also earned our 2013 Best Luxury Full-Size Car for Families award. The E-Class convertible has a balanced ride, offering both comfort and composure. It also features an upscale interior with elegant styling.

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