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2004 Volvo C70 Review
A joy to drive.
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The Volvo C70 never really managed to take-off when first introduced. Volvos during the 1990s generally appeared as reliable, safe, blocky vehicles. The Volvo C70 debuted as a sporty convertible with a fun drive, but it just did not offer enough to move beyond association with more typical models.
The 2004 Volvo C70 ends up being somewhat of a hidden gem as a result. The C70 offers a fun drive in a convertible with the luxury, reliability, and safety found in more typical Volvo vehicles, like the S40. The C70 also avoids being impractical because it offers many of the luxury features most convertibles overlook. It should not come as a surprise that older C70 models offer a coupe option just by including a roof.
Price marks somewhat of an odd sticking point on the Volvo C70, which can have a major impact on its value. Pre-2006 Volvo C70s remain in very low demand, so drivers can get a much better deal on a C70 than more popular competitors. However, the original retail price of the Volvo C70 runs a little bit higher than it should, so a C70 sold based on the original retail price seems slightly overpriced. Ultimately, the value of the 2004 Volvo C70 results from how the seller decides to price it.
Engine: 2.3-liter five-cylinder, 2.4-liter five-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, five-speed automatic
Models: Volvo C70 LPT, Volvo C70 HPT
The 2004 Volvo C70 looks almost identical to the 2003 model, which is hardly surprising since this marks the last model released before the C70’s complete redesign in 2006. The only difference involves the addition of Volcano Red and Linen White to the interior color options.
The 2004 Volvo C70 provides a convertible with a coupe style body, which is hardly surprising since the C70 used to have a coupe option. It looks sleek and curved, and it stands in stark contrast to the more traditional, blockier Volvo models that used to be prevalent in the 1990s. The C70 appears a little shorter than its measurements. This results from an illusion. Most convertibles this length seat two, while the C70 seats four. The larger interior space makes the rear of the C70 look proportionally smaller than other convertibles.
The interior of the Volvo C70 seems a little unusual compared to many convertible designs. It seats four, with a decent amount of room for all passengers. The rear seats do not offer much legroom, but that should be expected in any vehicle based on a coupe design. In addition, the 2004 Volkswagen C70 offers some nice features, like dual-zone climate control, rarely found in convertibles. Overall, the C70 offers a more luxurious ride than most of its competitors.
Performance & Handling
The Volvo C70 is a quick, agile vehicle that performs almost as well as some sport vehicles. The turbocharged engines provide a huge amount of power, allowing the C70 to accelerate faster and achieve higher speeds than a five-cylinder engine would normally be able to achieve. The small-bodied C70 moves gracefully and has above average handling that equals, if not tops, that of some other Volvo models. The only major downside concerns the suspension, which is not tuned like a typical sport vehicle. The 2004 Volvo C70 has weaker performance when opened up above the speed limits found on most roadways. Overall, the performance seems excellent, but it does not truly make the cross over to being a true roadster.
Many convertible designs overlook safety features. The 2004 Volvo C70 offers a larger amount of standard safety features than normal. Dual front airbags, side-curtain airbags, an engine immobilizer, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, and electronic brake force distribution come on both models. Volvo’s Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS) comes built in to the driver and front-passenger seats, which moves the front seats backwards to reduce the chance of whiplash in the event of a crash. A stability control system, normally only available as an option in similarly priced Volvo models, comes standard on the C70. This system automatically reduces torque to the tires when it detects a loss of traction, allowing the driver to maintain greater control of the vehicle.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Good performance
- Smooth, comfortable ride
- Excellent safety features for a convertible
- Can be slightly underpriced due to low demand
You Won't Like
- Can be slightly overpriced
- Weak fuel economy for its size
- Convertibles not well suited for city driving
A joy to drive.
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