2013 Volvo C70 Overview
The 2013 Volvo C70, with its folding hardtop roof and sleek two-door styling, is an ideal car for both sunny and cloudy days.
There aren’t too many hardtop coupes around anymore, making the C70 part of rarified breed along with Lexus IS-C and Infiniti G-series convertibles. The C70’s style is subtle and restrained, but handsome enough to not be forgettable. The standard headlights are halogen projector units with fog lamps, but active bi-xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lights are available on higher end trims. In addition, the C70 comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, a folding hardtop roof, and color coordinated rear-view mirrors. The options list consists of 18-inch alloy wheels, power-retracting door mirrors, a rear deck spoiler, and a high-gloss painted front grille.
The interior of the C70 is beautiful and simple, as always with Volvo. The panels are soft and well assembled, and leather covers most surfaces, including the standard power adjustable seats. In addition, a multifunction leather steering wheel, automatic climate control, a premium sound system with iPod/Bluetooth compatibility, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, and HD radio all come standard. The options list on the 2013 C70 includes features like ultra-premium leather bucket seats, heated front seats, a 12-speaker premium sound system, a wind-blocker, aluminum sport pedals, and a navigation system.
The 2013 Volvo C70 is available with two versions of the same engine. The basic engine is a 227-horsepower, turbocharged 2.5-liter inline five-cylinder with 236 pounds-feet of torque. The upgraded version of the engine is tuned by Volvo’s partner, Polestar, which modifies the engine to increase output to 250-horsepower and 273 pounds-feet of torque. Both engines funnel their power through a five-speed automatic and front wheel drive, and both engines return the same numbers at the pump: 19/28 mpg city/highway. The Polestar performance package is an extra $1,295 on the base C70, but comes standard with the upgraded Inscription trim.
Volvo is very proud of its safety record and continue that tradition with the new C70. The C70 gets six airbags, traction/stability control, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, and energy-absorbing crumple zones standard. In addition the C70, being a convertible, gets automatically deploying high strength steel beams that extend to protect occupants in a rollover. The best safety feature on the C70 has to be the WHIPS system. The WHIPS system cradles the neck and back in a rear-end crash to prevent whiplash. Apparently this system has reduced long-term injuries by as much as 50%. Other safety features are optional, including: parking assist, a blind-spot info system, and a temporary spare tire kit.