in 2013 Upscale Midsize Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $30,019 - $32,621
Original MSRP: $41,200 - $45,000
MPG: 18 City / 28 Hwy
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2013 Volvo C70 Interior

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The cabin of the 2013 Volvo C70 offers supportive front seats and a contemporary design that reviewers like. However, some 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 a common complaint among luxury convertibles.

  • "The C70's interior doesn't quite have the luxury vibe of rivals such as the Audi A5 convertible. ..." -- Edmunds 
  • "Exceptionally ergonomic and reasonably upscale, the 2013 Volvo C70's cabin produces an engaging experience." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The cabin is solidly assembled with high-quality materials." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • "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 (2011)  


Test drivers say that the 2013 C70 offers comfortable, highly-adjustable front seats. Leather seats and power-adjustable front seats come standard and heated front seats are optional. While critics write that the C70 offers more back-seat space than the Audi A5 or Lexus IS C, one test driver notes that the C70 is still less accommodating than most sedans in the class.

  • "Rear seat legroom is a little tight, though still better than what you'll find in an A5, 3 Series or Infiniti G." -- Edmunds 
  • "The C70 also had a usable rear seat where two adults can sit without contorting themselves into position. Try that in an Audi A5 Cabriolet or Lexus IS 250C." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 (2012)
  • "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 (2011)

Interior Features

The 2013 Volvo C70 comes standard with rain-sensing windshield wipers, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming and a stereo system that features auxiliary audio and USB inputs, HD Radio and satellite radio with a six-month introductory subscription. Optional features include parking sensors, push-button start, navigation, an upgraded stereo and a blind spot monitoring system.

Reviewers appreciate the C70’s logical climate controls and clear, easy-to-read gauges. However, the C70’s audio controls and the optional navigation system are almost universally disliked by test drivers, who say both systems are difficult to use. Despite these complaints, one reviewer says that the optional premium sound system offers exceptional sound quality.

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  • "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  
  • "Like most modern Volvos, the C70's center stack contains prominent controls and user-friendly climate functions." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 (2012)
  • "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 (2011)


No hardtop convertible offers a practical trunk, but the 2013 C70 has 12.8 cubic feet of trunk space with the top up and six cubic feet with it folded down, which is more usable space than competitors like the Lexus IS C and Infiniti G37 Convertible. While one reviewer praises the C70 for offering more useful trunk space than its main rivals, a few reviewers write that the C70 could use more interior storage compartments for small items.

  • "As with all retractable-hardtop convertibles, you'll lose trunk space with the top down. But the Volvo goes from a very generous 12.8 cubic feet with the top up to a still-usable 6.0 cubic feet with it lowered. That doesn't seem like a lot, but it's better than many competitors." -- Edmunds 
  • "Another limiting factor is the retractable hardtop's impact on trunk space, which cuts cargo room nearly in half during open-top driving." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 (2012)
  • "Traveling light in this car is key because there isn't a lot of storage bins or trunk space." -- Mother Proof (2011)