2008 Volvo C70

Pros & Cons

  • Sleek exterior, with a retractable hardtop that looks good up or down
  • Comfortable and roomy front seat
  • Cruising-like handling
  • Insurance Institute "Top Safety Pick"
  • Highlighted stereo upgrade and elegant interior
  • Lagging acceleration
  • Convertible is slow to operate
  • Cargo space is only adequate
  • One of the more expensive midsize cars

Research & Ratings

Currently, the Volvo C70 has a score of 8.4 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 52 pieces of research and data.




Critics' Rating: 8.2
Performance: 7.3
Interior: 7.9
Safety: 9.8
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2008 Volvo C70 Overview

The 2008 Volvo C70 is a fun ride with premium handling and class-leading safety. The C70 is attractive, inside and out. The retractable hardtop adds convenience, style, and it functions easily. The Auto Channel reports that "Volvo is a confident player in the upscale market, and it shows [in] the C70's style, execution of the design, and in the vehicle's performance characteristics." The C70 is also comfortable, with a roomy front seat and class-competitive cargo space.

C70 sales have been trailing off in 2008.  As gas prices rise, many consumers have lost interest in convertibles, plus the C70 comes for a hefty price tag compared to other upscale midsize cars. Plus, the C70's 18/17 MPG rating is competitive, but doesn't best the top luxury convertibles.

  • "Retractable hardtops are usually found in high-end cars, and while the C70's…base price isn't cheap, it is lower than other retractables such as the Lexus SC 430 and Mercedes-Benz SL."  -- Kansas City Star
  • "Auto enthusiasts have for the most part ignored Volvo over the years, opting for more flashy European luxury brands such as BMW, Jaguar and Mercedes-Benz.  With the C70, though, Volvo has something to offer car buffs looking for some excitement in their vehicle's styling and performance."  -- Fort Worth Star-Telegram
  • "This solid-topped, shudder-free convertible has put the bad cowls out to pasture. It prances down the roadway like a thoroughbred." -- Boston Globe
  • "We found the C70 to be an excellent highway cruiser, smooth and steady at high speeds, quiet with the steel top up. Its stereo sounds superb. The C70 feels like a sports car. It has a solid feel and strikes an appropriate balance of responsive handling with a smooth, well-controlled ride quality and fade-resistant brakes."  -- New Car Test Drive
  • "The new, stylish C70 convertible is yet another step in Volvo's rebirth as a racier, more vibrant brand. …  The C70 injects Volvo with verve after several decades of staidness." -- Forbes

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