Buying Guide

2011 Volvo C70

Fair Market Price $14,151 T5 Convertible
Motor Trend Rating


19 City / 28 Hwy

Horse Power:

227 @ 5000


236 @ 5000

In 2006 the C70 was first released from Volvo and the recent big boom in folding hardtops this model has responded to the recent trends to build this convertible model. It is thought to be lacking in some areas but the C70 does offer a brand new look that may be more than enough to make up for any shortcomings it may have. The new front fenders and grill bring a bit of flash to the styling of the C70. This and a totally unique dash design that brings a new and very sleek design to the gauge display make the new C70 seem like a totally new car.

The standard C70 comes with premium leather seats, a 5 speed manual transmission and Sirius satellite radio. The 2011 C70 also comes with the popular T5 engine that offers 227 horsepower and 236 foot pounds of torque. The new C70 starts at $39,950 and this is within the realm of other comparable coupe convertibles. The overall package that the C70 offers is strong, but this convertible could use some more horsepower if it wanted to stand out from the pack.

Body style: Retractable hardtop convertible
Engine: 2.5L turbocharged I-5
Transmissions: 5-speed automatic
Model: T5

The C70 features substantially revised styling via a freshened nose, grille, front fenders, headlights, rear fascia and LED taillights. The C70 has been updated inside as well with a new dashboard, textures, premium leather and unique gauges. Now standard is the 5-speed automatic transmission (the manual has been dropped), 17-in alloy wheels, Sirius satellite radio, plus two new colors, Flamenco Red and Ember Black. Meanwhile, the Premium package has been deleted; a new Convenience package includes rear parking assist and keyless ignition.

The C70 enjoys a significant visual update for 2011, including a redesigned grille, headlight assemblies, front fenders, rear fascia and LED taillights. Being a folding hardtop convertible, the C70’s appearance is sleek whether its lid is up or down.

The C70’s major update includes a redesigned interior that features an all-new instrument panel, improved textures for the molded surfaces, a premium grade of leather, and unique gauges. A notable shortcoming, predictably, is rear seat space, although the C70 is surprisingly practical vehicle given its mission.

The C70 provides you with exactly one power train — the 227 horsepower 5-cylinder turbo coupled to a 5-speed automatic. Fortunately, this is an agreeable pairing, capable of launching the C70 to 60 mph in a respectable 7.4 seconds. While the C70 is a pleasing car to drive overall, the extra weight of a folding hardtop is difficult to disguise, and others in its segment are more nimble overall performers.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the C70 as ‘good’ for both frontal offset and side impact tests. Significantly, the C70 offers unique side curtain airbags constructed to provide some protection even with the windows down, plus, remain inflated long enough to remain useful in a roll-over.

T5: 19 mpg city/28 mpg highway

  • Updated Exterior, interior
  • Hardtop style
  • Safe, top up or down
  • Limited rear-seat space
  • Average performance
  • Pricy

Significant redesign cause to give the C70 a second look


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