in 2009 Upscale Midsize Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $15,403 - $15,706
Original MSRP: $39,800 - $39,800
MPG: 18 City / 27 Hwy
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2009 Volvo C70 Interior

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The 2009 C70's interior is dominated by Volvo's unique waterfall console, which houses all of the cabin electronics in a ribbon of aluminum barely a quarter of an inch thick. It features supportive seats that most reviewers love -- but writers disagree over whether the back seat is large enough to be practical.

  • "The highly praised Scandinavian design ethic gets a thorough workout in the no-nonsense interior of the C70. The super-thin central area of the dashboard is a serious 'wow.'" -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Volvo made the C70 the class leader in front and rear legroom, front headroom, rear shoulder room and trunk capacity." - AutoWeek
  • "Fluid and graceful Swedish good looks abound in the C70's cabin; its lines are free of clutter, and highlights include a center stack that undulates with a ribbon's clean grace." -- Edmunds
  • "The gauges are large and legible, but LCD climate and audio displays lack contrast, causing them to wash out in certain light conditions. C70's stereo panel is handy, but climate controls below can be blocked by the manual shift lever--and accidentally changed by some testers while shifting." -- Consumer Guide


Volvo makes some of the most supportive and adjustable seats in the business. In the C70, the front seats offer plenty of space for adults. The rear seats, though spacious for a two-door convertible, aren't necessarily usable by adults.

  • "Volvos have long been known for their fantastic seat comfort, and the C70 upholds that reputation." -- Kelley Blue Book,
  • "Seats an orthopedist can love, simple functionality and lushness somewhere between premium and luxury." -- Cars.com
  • "Anyone can appreciate the C70's comfy front seats." -- Car and Driver
  • "There really is room for two adults in the back seat." -- MSN
  • "Most people will find the C70's front seats extremely comfortable. Legroom is tight for those in the rear, but it should be adequate for children and smaller adults." -- Edmunds
  • "The rear seat is a token gesture. It's shaped for two only, and scant legroom even with the front seats forward makes it very tight for most adults and many teens. Entry and exit are for contortionists." -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

The materials used in the C70's passenger cabin have an upscale look and feel. Volvo's controls are unique, but most reviewers like them. One common complaint is that the base stereo is cheap for a premium-priced car, but an available upgrade wins better reviews.

  • "Nothing hints of cheapness in here." -- Cars.com
  • "It's easy to achieve a sense of serenity in the C70 thanks to typical Volvo attention to comfort. It's not a bad place to spend a bit of time." -- About.com
  • "You definitely should check out the optional premium stereo by Dynaudio." -- Cars.com
  • "Green Day or Sinatra, music has rarely sounded as pure and clear as through the C70's audiophile-worthy [optional] system." -- Kelley Blue Book


Retractable hardtops take up even more space in a convertible's trunk than traditional soft tops do. With the roof in place, the Volvo C70 has a usable trunk, although the opening is a bit small. With the roof down, the trunk is not useful for much.

  • "With the top up, there are a generous 12.8 cubic feet available for your gear. Top down, you're left with 6 cubic feet of trunk volume, however." -- Edmunds