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2010 Volvo C70 Review

The 2010 Volvo C70 is a compelling 2010 midsize car if you’re looking for a hardtop convertible. However, many rivals match Volvo’s upscale interior and offer better performance.

Pros & Cons

  • Comfortable front seats
  • Modern, upscale cabin
  • Top safety ratings
  • Rivals offer better performance
  • Limited trunk space with top lowered




Critics' Rating: 8.2
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 8.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 10.0
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2010 Volvo C70 Overview

When it was new, critics said the 2010 Volvo C70 was a stylish convertible with year-round usability, thanks to its retractable hardtop. However, most said that aside from the thrill of windblown hair, the C70 isn’t all that exciting to drive, since many rival convertibles deliver more power and agility. If blistering power and sports-car reflexes aren’t high on your priority list, the C70 may be a great car for you.

The 2010 C70 has a turbocharged five-cylinder engine that makes 227 horsepower. Most critics found themselves wishing for more power and a more athletic suspension. The front-wheel drive C70 nets 20/28 mpg city/highway with a manual transmission or 19/28 mpg with an automatic, which is about average for the class.

Inside, most critics liked the C70’s signature waterfall-style center stack, and the seats drew nearly universal praise for being all-day comfortable. Keep in mind that most said the back seat is only good for children. Maximum trunk space with the roof in place is 12.8 cubic feet, but when it is down, the trunk is only good for 6 cubic feet. Standard equipment includes dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth and an eight-speaker stereo with a USB port. Available features include leather upholstery, front seat heaters, rear park assist, navigation and a 14-speaker stereo with satellite radio. The C70 also upholds Volvo’s tradition of offering a plethora of modern safety features.

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Other Cars to Consider

If you’re looking for a convertible that strikes the middle ground between performance and comfort, you may want to check out the 2010 Lexus IS-C. Critics said it isn’t the sportiest convertible in the segment, but it does have balanced handling and an engine option that’s more powerful, so the IS-C should feel fairly athletic. Like the C70, the IS-C has a retractable hardtop, which should make it comfortable year-round.

An even sportier alternative you may like is the 2010 Infiniti G37. Many reviewers said the G37 convertible is one of the most fun-to-drive cars in the class, thanks to its powerful engine and athletic handling. Most also said its ride is still comfortable, so even with superior performance, its road manners aren’t punishing over rough pavement.

Compare the C70 to the IS-C and G37 »


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