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Volvo C70 (2010–2013)

Last updated 1 December 2018

 
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Kerb weight 1699–1785 kg
Warranty 3 years
Servicing 12,500–18,000 miles

Full specifications

Driving

There are two diesel and two petrol engines in the Volvo C70 range but the most economical is the 2.0D - a four-cylinder engine (the rest are all five-cylinder engines) with 136bhp and average fuel economy of 47.1mpg. It's certainly strong enough in the C70, helped by a healthy 320Nm of torque which makes it ideal for relaxed motorway driving and for easy overtaking, plus it's available with the newer Powershift gearbox (shared with Ford). This is a twin-clutch gearbox similar to Volkswagen's DSG system and it's very impressive with extremely fast and smooth gear changes.

The other diesel is the well proven D5 - the 2.4-litre diesel that's used across the Volvo range. It has 180bhp in the C70 and although it's not as smooth or refined as newer diesel engines, it's still very punchy with plenty of character, accelerating from 0-62mph in a brisk 9.0 seconds.

The petrols work well in the Volvo C70 too with the smaller engine a 2.4-litre with 170bhp, however it lacks the torque of the other engines so has to be worked quite hard to get meaningful pace. The T5 is the top of the range choice. The T in the name denotes the fact that it's turbocharged and this results in an impressive power figure of 230bhp from the 2.5-litre unit. It sounds great, especially on start-up and manages 0-62mph in just 7.6 seconds. Economy is fairly poor though at 41.7mpg.

In May 2010 the range was overhauled with new engines and new names. There's a new five-cylinder 2.0D which comes in two different versions - one with 150bhp, which is badged D3, while the more powerful 177bhp version is named D4. Both are cleaner than the old 2.0D with economy of 47.9mpg and CO2 emissions of 154g/km. The T5 engine is still available but the D5 was dropped from the line-up (effectively replaced by the D4) along with the 2.4-litre petrol.

On the road the C70 is easy and comfortable to drive, but not particularly exciting. The steering is quite light and feels strangely artificial, while potholes and bumps transmit themselves through the steering column. On the plus side, the driving position is good with plenty of reach adjustment and there's very little noise from the road or tyres.

In corners it's composed enough, but there's a fair amount of roll and it's not especially agile. Volvo hasn't changed anything under the skin from the 2006 Volvo C70, so if you're thinking of upgrading and expect big changes, you may be disappointed. The body of the C70 is stiff to make up for the fact that it's a convertible, but that has the adverse effect of making it feel almost too firm and quite crashy over bumpy roads. It's much happier as a relaxed cruiser.

Engines

Engine MPG 0-62 Top speed CO2
2.0 D 47 mpg 11.0 s 127 mph 158 g/km
2.4i 31 mpg 9.1 s 137 mph 215 g/km
D3 44–48 mpg 10.8–10.9 s 127–130 mph 154–169 g/km
D3 Geartronic 44 mpg 10.9 s 127 mph 169 g/km
D4 44–48 mpg 9.8–9.9 s 134–137 mph 154–169 g/km
D4 Geartronic 44 mpg 9.9 s 134 mph 169 g/km
D5 43 mpg 9.0 s 140 mph 174 g/km
T5 31–32 mpg 7.6 s 150 mph 209–217 g/km
T5 Geartronic 30 mpg 8.0 s 146 mph 219 g/km
 

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