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#19

in 2012 Upscale Midsize Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $24,429 - $24,497
Original MSRP: $40,450 - $44,050
MPG: 18 City / 28 Hwy
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2012 Volvo C70 Interior

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The cabin of the 2012 C70 is stylish, with a contemporary design. It offers soft-touch surfaces and supportive front seats that win a lot of reviewer praise. However, many test drivers note that the C70’s stereo and navigation controls can be confusing. Additionally, not all critics think the back seat is large enough to be practical, but that’s not unusual among convertibles. Besides, the C70’s back seat is still more accommodating than the one in the Infiniti G37 convertible.

  • "The cabin is solidly assembled with high-quality materials." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "The interior is absolutely beautiful, though. When Volvo brought out the current generation convertible, the exterior design was attractive and mature. The cabin reflects some of those same ideas, with ivory leather seats, elegant center stack, and a feel that's light and airy -- absolutely perfect for a convertible." -- Motor Trend
  • "Posh and handsome interior." -- Car and Driver  

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Seating

The front seats of the Volvo C70 are some of the best on the automotive market. They’re very adjustable and supportive. Reviewers tend to praise them in every Volvo, and this one is no different.

The rear seats, however, are a different story. While the C70 offers more rear legroom than a BMW 3-Series convertible or an Infiniti G37 convertible, not all reviewers say that the back seat is comfortable. Still, within the cramped confines of a convertible, the back seat of the C70 is likely as good as you're going to find.

  • "C70 has adult-size room on comfortable, supportive seats. Many seat and steering-wheel adjustments make it easy to find a comfortable driving stance." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "Rear seat legroom is a little tight, though it'll do for kids or even adults for short hops." -- Edmunds
  • "Long known for their comfortable seats, Volvo does not disappoint with the C70. Rear seat passengers also have a comfortable perch, but might find legroom a bit on the snug side." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "Getting in and out of the two-door C70 was a struggle for my kids. They're 6 and 8, so mostly this had to do with patience, which they have very little of most of the time. Remembering to move the seat belt out of the way when getting in and out was the biggest problem." -- Mother Proof 

Interior Features

Volvo interiors are known for their thoughtful design and clean styling. The C70 fits that description well. Reviewers say its interior materials are appropriate for the price range and most controls are intuitive. However, the optional navigation system is almost universally disliked by test drivers, so you might want to pay careful attention on the test drive to be certain you are comfortable with the C70’s unique controls.

Some complain that the standard stereo sounds cheap, but most reviewers rave about the optional sound system for its excellent sound quality.

  • "The gauges are large and legible, but LCD climate and audio displays lack contrast, causing them to wash out in certain light conditions." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "While the familiar ‘mode man’ climate controls are intuitive, the audio controls can be frustrating and the optional navigation system has one of the worst control interfaces on the market." -- Edmunds 
  • "The cabin conveys luxury, and the center stack looks good, but the controls are counterintuitive. And driving this car is a reminder of how far Volvo has come in its refinement and ergonomics since the debut of the C70, which is more like a time capsule." -- Motor Trend 
  • "Green Day or Sinatra, music has rarely sounded as pure and clear as through the … Volvo C70's audiophile-worthy system." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Toto's ‘Africa’ never sounded so good as it did in the C70's optional 12 speakers. I mean... Lady Gaga sounded like she was in the car next to me." -- Mother Proof 

Cargo

All hardtop convertibles have less trunk space than their soft-top competitors. When folded, their three-piece retractable hardtops take up most of the available cargo hold. The same is true of the Volvo C70, which has 12.8 cubic feet for cargo with the top up, but only 6 cubic feet with the top down.

The C70 offers more trunk space than most hardtop convertibles, but shoppers should be aware that such terms are relative. The C70 has marginally more usable space than most competitors when its top is stowed, but to be fair, no hardtop convertible offers a practical trunk. However, when its top is in place, the C70 provides more storage space than the Lexus IS or Infiniti G37 convertibles.

One reviewer notes that the C70’s remote locking fob automatically secures its in-cabin storage when the top is down, but another complains that there aren’t enough interior storage compartments.

  • "Lowering the top cuts ample trunk space in half, though a couple golf bags or medium suitcases still fit. Lockable interior bins enhance top-down security, but small-item storage is poor. The door map pockets barely hold standard gas-station maps." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "As with all retractable-hardtop models, you'll lose trunk space with the top down. But the Volvo goes from a very generous 12.8 cubic feet with the top raised to a still-usable 6.0 cubic feet with it lowered." -- Edmunds 
  • "The trunk holds more than you'd think, too: despite the fact that the roof's metal pieces fold into the trunk when the top is retracted, there's enough room in there for luggage for a long weekend for one couple, possibly enough for two with the top up." -- Motor Trend 
  • "In another nod to security, the C70's many inboard storage areas are synced with the central locking system, assuring that valuables stay safe even when the top is down." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "Traveling light in this car is key because there isn't a lot of storage bins or trunk space." -- Mother Proof