2006 C70 New Car Test Drive
Volvo has launched an all-new C70 for the 2006 model year. The previous-generation model was introduced in 1997.
The Volvo C70, a four-seater, is the first of more coupe/convertibles that will come from other manufacturers. The sleek steel top retracts into the trunk in 30 seconds. The C70 is based on the S40 sedan, but has a wider track and more luscious lines.
The engine, suspension and transmission are proven Volvo components, while the chassis has been fortified and re-figured to increase rigidity over the former C70, and meet Volvo's industry-leading safety standards.
We found the C70 to be an excellent highway cruiser, smooth and steady at high speeds, quiet with the steel top up. Its stereo sounds superb. The C70 feels like a sports car. It has a solid feel and strikes an appropriate balance of responsive handling with a smooth, well-controlled ride quality and fade-resistant brakes. We liked it best with the six-speed manual, but the five-speed automatic is crisp and responsive.
The styling is brilliant, with elegant coupe lines, and the retractable hardtop is an engineering masterpiece. The cabin features comfortable seats, the latest in Volvo interior styling and fabrics, and a clever cubby behind the center dash.
Everything works as it should, and it's a beautiful piece of work. Nothing else on the market offers what the C70 does, priced under $40,000.
Here's a unique sentence: There is only one model, the coupe and the convertible. It's called simply the C70 ($38,710). The C changes its meaning with the weather. Coupertible? The retractable hardtop is standard, and the only choice.
Standard equipment includes the six-speed manual transmission. The five-speed automatic transmission is optional ($1250). Standard features include power front seats, leather steering wheel with controls, and a six-disc CD changer with eight speakers and four amplifiers.
Optional packages include leather interior with HomeLink ($1395), and a climate package with heated front seats, headlamp washers and rain-sensing wipers ($675). The Dynaudio sound system ($1550) features 14 speakers, five amplifiers and two subwoofer amplifiers blasting 910 watts via Dolby ProLogic II Surround Sound. Standalone options include high-intensity discharge headlamps ($700), navigation system ($2120), metallic paint ($475) and pearlescent white paint ($625). The 17-inch 'Sadira' alloy wheels come standard, while 18-inch 'Mirzam' alloy wheels are optional ($995).
Safety features include electronic stability control with traction control and anti-lock brakes with brake force distribution. In addition to the required front airbags, there are side airbags in front, and air curtains which activate upwards from the doors, even with the windows rolled down. The Rollover Protection System, a pop-up rollbar, is activated by a 'pyrotechnic charge,' which will smash the rollbars through the glass when the roof is on.