Just like its predecessor, the all-new Volvo C70 comes as both coupé and convertible. This time, however, thanks to a neat folding metal hard-top, it takes only one car to fulfil both rolls.

The new C70 is very different from the first-generation coupé and convertible, introduced in 1997, but although Volvo’s saying it is ‘all new’ it shares a great deal of its architecture with other models from the manufacturer.

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The C70 is a year-round drop-top

The C70’s underpinnings are the same as its sister models, the S40 saloon and V50 estate. Both S40 and C70 share the same wheelbase, but the C70 is a little longer, although it is placed in the middle of its key rivals – shorter than the Audi A5 Cabriolet and longer than the Volkswagen Eos.

The C70 is also in the minority, with most of its competitors featuring a fabric roof. The upside of the hard-top is that there is very little wind noise at speed and good thermal insulation – this is a car developed with a respect for the cold of Swedish winters. Inevitably, there’s a downside, which is limited boot space.