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2011 Volvo C70 Review

The Volvo C70 received a number of updates for 2011, and remains a nice 2011 midsize car if you’re seeking a hardtop convertible. Still, many of the C70’s key rivals offer better performance and a more rewarding driving experience.

Pros & Cons

  • Upscale cabin
  • Comfortable front seats
  • Outstanding safety ratings
  • Limited trunk space with top stowed
  • Uninspiring performance




Critics' Rating: 7.5
Performance: 7.3
Interior: 8.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.7
This rating isn’t available yet for the current model year. In the meantime, last year’s rating of 10.0 for safety is being used to calculate this vehicle’s overall score.
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2011 Volvo C70 Overview

When it was new, critics liked the 2011 Volvo C70 as a stylish hardtop convertible, but said not to expect anything invigorating in the way of handling or performance. On the other hand, most said its front seats are very comfortable and its interior is inviting and upscale. The C70 also has outstanding safety ratings.

The C70 is powered by a turbocharged five-cylinder engine that makes 227 horsepower. Most critics found the engine to be uninspiring, and said its lack of power makes it a fairly boring drive. Many noted that its rear-wheel drive competitors, like the 2011 BMW 3-Series and 2011 Infiniti G37, are generally more rewarding behind the wheel. As part of its 2011 update, the C70 was no longer offered with a manual transmission, so an automatic is the sole offering. Fuel economy is rated at 19/28 mpg city/highway, which is fairly good for the class. With the roof in place, the C70 can carry 12.8 cubic feet of cargo, but when stowed, the trunk is only good for 6 cubic feet.

Critics liked the C70’s upscale interior, which features Volvo’s signature waterfall center stack. They also noted that its front seats are among the most comfortable in the business, though many said the back seat felt cramped, which is a typical complaint of coupes and convertibles. Standard equipment includes leather seats, Bluetooth, a USB port and satellite radio. Available equipment includes a 14-speaker Dynaudio stereo, navigation, heated front seats and parking sensors.

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Other Cars to Consider

If you like the C70 but want something a bit sportier, check out the 2011 Audi A5. Critics said the A5 Cabriolet has agile handling, as well as an upscale interior. It also has a cloth top rather than a folding hardtop, which means that the top takes up far less trunk space. 

The 2011 Volkswagen Eos also has a retractable hardtop, as well as a high-quality, well laid-out interior. The Eos is a close match for the C70 in terms of safety. Like the Volvo, the Eos also offers comfortable driving dynamics and a long list of standard features.

Compare the C70 to the A5 and Eos »

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