What is it?
The thoroughly refreshed version of Volvo’s four-year old four-seat, rigid roof convertible. Taking a lead from the new S60 saloon, the C70 gets a completely re-styled nose and tail and detail updates including LED rear light clusters. There’s no doubt that the new front end is a stylistic advance.
This model is pretty much the top of the diesel-engined C70 range. It’s powered by a 176bhp five-cylinder turbodiesel engine driving a six-speed manual ‘box.
SE Lux trim brings the owner 17-inch wheels, auto-folding mirrors, aluminium trim, leather upholstery, an electric driver’s seat, active headlights and, thanks to the Premium upgrade, sat-nav.
What’s it like?
Some way short of amazing, unfortunately. The biggest problem with this particular model is that it is powered by Volvo’s old five-pot diesel, which is now well off the pace thanks to it’s sluggish throttle response and reluctance to rev freely.
Combine this with a six-speed manual shifter and you end up with a car feels much more like rep mobile than it does a luxury conveyance.
The chassis isn’t much better. The C70 is a weighty machine and the suspension set-up struggles to deliver much in the way of delicacy or driver enjoyment.