The 2008 Volvo C70 was first introduced to the market at large in the late 1990s. This was the first vehicle to really stretch the imagination of the designers at Volvo, breaking away from the boring boxes of the past. Originally the vehicle was offered as a sedan and a coupe, but now only the convertible remains.
This focus on the convertible itself has created a vehicle with a lot of wow features. The exterior styling is curvaceous but handsome. The convertible top is in three pieces, retracting elegantly. The top is hard, giving the vehicle the look of a coupe when it is raised.
Looks can’t save the Volvo C70 from its one big flaw: the engine. The lackluster inline five fails to impress, and the handling is far from exciting. Still the Volvo C70 is still an impressive vehicle.
Body Styles: luxury convertible with hardtop
Engines: Turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine
Transmissions: six-speed manual, five-speed automatic
Models: Volvo C70T5
The 2008 Volvo C70 has a slight increase in horsepower, from 218 to 227. The interior has a few nice upgrades as well, including wood accents, a leather bound steering wheel and control knob, and new air vents.
The exterior of the 2008 Volvo C70 is one of its most appealing features. The sporty sheet metal is very handsome to look at. The build is of a high quality, allowing the driver maximum visibility because of the hard but thin rear pillars. The hardtop is also very attractive; it is split into three sections that retracts easily and takes up minimal space in the trunk. Wind buffeting keeps the ride comfortable with the top down. The hardtop also seals when it is up, giving the 2008 Volvo C70 the look and feel of a sport coupe.
Standard features on the sole trim line include a hardtop, 17-inch alloy wheels, variable intermittent wipers, power mirrors, heated mirrors, and daytime running lights.
The interior of the 2008 Volvo C70 is very comfortable and ergonomic. Retracting the hardtop can be done from the inside of the vehicle with the touch of a button. The trunk has a dual-hinged lid that automatically lifts to allow the hardtop room to retract. It does take 30 seconds to get into the trunk, which is a bit sluggish in comparison to the competition, but it is pain free. Also, even with the top in the trunk, there is still 6 cubic feet of space, which is well above average, making up for that slow retract time. With the top up there is 12.8 cubic feet.
The front seats of the 2008 Volvo C70 are fairly comfortable. Rear seat passengers will likely find the legroom a bit tight, but it is still suitable for adult passengers. There is a lot of good looking bits of trim in the interior, but there is a lot of cheap looking plastic that doesn’t really fit with the idea of a convertible.
Standard features on the T5 include cloth upholstery, eight-way adjustable power front seats with driver memory, automatic dual climate control zones, full power accessories, and an eight-speaker audio system with six-CD changer and auxiliary audio jack.
Performance & Handling
The 2008 Volvo C70 comes with a turbocharge 2.5-liter, five-cylinder engine that produces 227 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque. The engine is wed with a six-speed manual transmission with a five-speed automatic transmission being optional.
The acceleration is pretty disappointing on the C70, but the low-end torque does pull the vehicle from a standstill with enough power to make it feel a bit exciting. The body of the car is very rigid and doesn’t give when going over bumps, so be careful. The soft suspension makes the vehicle comfortable to drive on the highway and in the city, but pressing down on the gas fails to elicit any thrills. The steering is numb and the driver feedback is minimal. In sum, there are better vehicles for performance on the market.
The 2008 Volvo C70 offers many safety features including an Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), traction control and stability control, as well as side airbags, door mounted head protecting side-curtain airbags that protect passengers even with the top down. Rollover bars are also mounted behind the seats that are deployed during a rollover to prevent injury to driver and passengers when the top is down. Seats with active headrests prevent whiplash as well.
EPA Fuel Economy
2008 Volvo C70 T5: 18/27 mpg city/highway
- Beautiful hardtop
- Good visibility
- Safety features
- Ergonomic and spacious interior
You Won't Like
- Extras cost a lot
- Poor acceleration and mediocre handling
- Little steering feedback
If you can get past the drive quality, the 2008 Volvo C70 is a very attractive convertible with lots to offer.
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