A substantial price cut marks the swan-song season for Volvo’s C70 convertible.
This 4-seat ragtop comes with a power top and heated glass rear window. Two models are offered, both with a turbo inline 5-cyl engine. The C70 2.4 has 197 hp; the C70 2.3 has a higher-pressure turbo and 242 hp. The 2.4 comes only with automatic transmission. The 2.3 comes with a 5-speed manual or optional automatic. Standard on both are traction control, antilock 4-wheel disc brakes, front side airbags, leather upholstery, and heated front seats. Base prices for ’04 are cut by $4245 vs. final ’03 prices.
C70s are high style–for Volvo. But their basic 1993-vintage design shows its age in mediocre chassis rigidity for the class, and turbo throttle lag aggravates. Audi A4 and BMW 3-Series rivals are better cars, and even with C70’s ’04 price cuts, also better values.
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