2012 Volvo C70 Review
The 2012 Volvo C70 offers a comfortable, high-quality interior under its retractable hardtop, but doesn't contain the performance of rival luxury convertibles.
Volvo continues to offer a slightly different take on its hardtop convertible, the 2012 C70. Unlike competitors such as the BMW 3-Series, Infiniti G37 and Lexus IS C, the Volvo C70 doesn’t inspire spirited driving. However, if performance isn’t your top priority, the C70 succeeds as a comfortable convertible for top-down cruising. Consumer Guide says, “It's a step below most like-priced convertibles for all-around performance, but the C70 is a pleasant, stylish blend of top-down fun and fixed-roof security.”
Inside, reviewers find details that exemplify Volvo’s reputation for comfort and quality. The front seats are generally praised as some of the most comfortable ones available, and the interior is dressed in high quality materials. Additionally, test drivers rave about the optional sound system, but the C70’s interior controls aren’t without a few small quirks. Many critics agree that the C70’s audio and navigation controls can be confusing, and like other hardtop convertibles, the C70’s trunk shrinks when you lower the top. However, it still has more cargo space than most hardtop convertibles.
In the end, the 2012 Volvo C70 remains a solid choice if you’re looking for a convertible that’s quiet, comfortable and safe. The Volvo C70 boasts a set of safety features that its competitors can’t match, as well as the largest rear seat of any hardtop convertible in its class. That practicality continues to make the 2012 Volvo C70 stand out among its peers.
Other Cars to Consider
If you like the C70’s combination of front-wheel drive and hardtop convertible body style, consider the Volkswagen Eos. Like the C70, test drivers love the Eos’ high-quality interior and standard Bluetooth, but the Eos also has less cargo and interior space. Still, its lower price tag may make it an appealing choice when compared with the C70.
If you want a convertible with more engaging driving dynamics, consider rear-wheel drive options like the BMW 3-Series, Lexus IS C or Infiniti G37. Granted, more power and fun comes with a higher price. Expect to pay thousands more if a 3-Series or G37 convertible is right for you.
Volvo C70: The Details
The 2012 Volvo C70 is available as a hardtop convertible that comes in three trim levels: base, Premier Plus and Platinum. All models feature a turbocharged five-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive. For 2012, the C70’s standard Bluetooth interface now features audio streaming from compatible mobile devices. See the full 2012 Volvo C70 specs for more details.
- "The 2012 Volvo C70 boasts a retractable hardtop, a luxurious interior and a smooth ride, though its middling performance means some competitors will leave it behind." -- Edmunds
- "Quietly stylish and comfortable, the C70 shouldn't be perceived as a sports car. But it's smooth and luxurious, delivering the best of both worlds." -- Car and Driver
- "The C70 seems to be made for just enjoying the open road, not taking hot laps at the track. And that's alright with this girl." -- Mother Proof