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7.0

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.2
Performance: 7.0
Interior: 7.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.5
Safety: N/A
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2012 Volvo C70 Review

Though critics agreed that the 2012 Volvo C70 has a high-quality interior beneath its retractable hardtop, they said it can’t match the performance of rival luxury convertibles.

Pros & Cons

  • Comfortable front seats
  • High-quality cabin materials
  • Subpar acceleration
  • Lackluster handling
  • Confusing audio and navigation controls

New for 2012

  • New Premier Plus and Platinum trims
  • Bluetooth now includes standard audio streaming

2012 Volvo C70 Overview

The 2012 C70 is powered by a turbocharged five-cylinder engine, and reviewers said that the power comes on slowly at first, making the C70 feel sluggish from a stop. They pointed out that other luxury convertibles, such as the 2012 BMW 335i and 2012 Infiniti G37, are faster. A five-speed automatic is standard, and critics wrote that it is smooth and responsive. According to the EPA, the 2012 Volvo C70 gets 18/28 mpg city/highway, which is mid-pack for an upscale convertible. Reviewers emphasized that the C70 is a comfort cruiser, not a performance machine, with a comfortable ride on models with 17-inch wheels and strong, linear braking power. However, critics noted that it has uncommunicative steering and noticeable body lean during cornering, adding that models with 18-inch wheels don't ride as comfortably.

Reviewers agreed that the 2012 Volvo C70’s interior has elegant styling, great build quality and top-notch materials. They wrote that the C70’s front seats are supportive and comfortable and said rear-seat legroom is tight, though that is a common complaint about convertibles. The C70 has a class-competitive 12.8 cubic feet of trunk space with the top up and 6 cubic feet with it lowered, but reviewers said the top-down trunk space is still useful. Standard features in the 2012 Volvo C70 include dual-zone climate control, leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, an eight-speaker sound system, HD Radio, Bluetooth and a USB input. Available features include blind spot monitoring, rear parking sensors, heated front seats, navigation and a 14-speaker Dolby surround-sound audio system. Test drivers found the C70’s navigation and audio systems difficult to use.

Other Cars to Consider

Reviewers agreed that the 2012 BMW 3-Series has deft handling and powerful engine options. They also said it has a comfortable interior with excellent fit and finish.

Critics said the 2012 Volkswagen Eos’ standard turbocharged four-cylinder engine and automated manual transmission provide spirited acceleration. The Eos gets better fuel economy than the C70, and reviewers liked that its retractable roof has a built-in electric sunroof panel for when occupants don't want the entire top lowered.

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