2012 Volvo C70 Introduction

The Volvo C70 is a handsome luxury hardtop convertible with elegant coupe lines that seats four.

The C70 uses a turbocharged 2.5-liter inline five-cylinder engine that's good for 227 horsepower on the base T5 model, and 250 hp on the upgraded Inscription variant. The engine, suspension and transmission are proven Volvo components, while the rigid chassis was designed to meet Volvo's industry-leading safety standards.

Styling inside and out is attractive yet understated, with comfortable seats, high-quality interior styling and fabrics, and thoughtful touches such as a clever cubby behind the center dash. The stereo sounds superb, and everything operates as it should.

New for 2012 is the introduction of three trim levels on two models, for a total of six possible configurations. Both the T5 and the Inscription variants are available in base, Premier Plus and Platinum trims. The C70 was launched as a 2006 model. Styling was revised for 2011 and the instrument panel was redesigned.

The C70 is an excellent highway cruiser with a solid feel that strikes a good balance between responsive handling and a smooth, well-controlled ride. The C70 is front-wheel drive. Consequently, it isn't as sporty as the rear-wheel-drive BMW 3 Series convertibles or Mercedes-Benz SLK or the all-wheel-drive Audi A5 cabriolets, nor is its suspension as hard-edged but it rides smoother.

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