Volvo C70 Performance
The C70's ride is smooth, refined and responsive. However, true enthusiasts might be a bit underwhelmed by its power. Kelley Blue Book says "if you desire leading-edge performance from your European sportster, you might find the C70's performance a tad on the tame side." Meanwhile, The Auto Channel calls the C70 "comfortable" and "enjoyable" while Edmunds says it's "well mannered" with a "stiff body structure and well-tuned suspension" in order to "assure a composed and comfortable ride, top up or down -- even on rough pavement." Cars.com reviewer adds, "I'm ready to decree that the Volvo C70 is the best four-season convertible you can buy."
Acceleration and Power
The consensus is that the 2008 Volvo C70 is fun to drive, but those who criticize it find its acceleration lagging. Kelley Blue Book says, "Torque is adequate but a little more horsepower would turn the C70 from a satisfying ride to a thrilling one." Meanwhile, Edmunds' says "acceleration is hardly blistering" and "a lack of feedback from the steering keeps it from being an entertaining drive," but "it still drives 100-percent better than the old C70, which had the structural integrity of a sock." In the end, Forbes says "there's nothing inherently wrong with the car. It's just that those who prefer a bit more pep to the driving experience might get bored behind the wheel of this Volvo." The 2008 Volvo C70 is available in only one engine -- what Volvo calls its T5. This 2.5-liter inline five-cylinder engine makes 227 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 236 pound-feet of torque at 1,500 - 5,000 rpm. The base transmission is a standard six-speed manual. An optional five-speed Geartronic® automatic, with a manual transmission simulator, is available at a premium. The 2008 C70, with automatic transmission, has an Environmental Protection Agency estimated fuel economy of 18 miles per gallon in the city and 26 on the highway, while the manual gets 18/27 mpg city/highway.
Handling and Braking
The C70 provides a satisfying ride for most drivers. The Auto Channel says the C70 "offers a comfortable and enjoyable driving experience." Other compliments include "well-mannered through the corners," from Edmunds.
The C70 is equipped with fully independent MacPherson struts that provide minimal body motion in hard maneuvering. Nearly every review agreed with The Auto Channel, which said, "Volvo has been working on suspension calibration and refinement, to good effect."
The 2008 Volvo C70 has standard four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes. Edmunds calls their performance "mediocre" and "unimpressive for a Volvo." They go on to say they found the stopping distances to be longer than they should at this price range, and they also note that "brake pedal travel is too long." While Forbes doesn't do much to counter that, they do point out that the brakes are lacking in "tactile immediacy and sharpness."