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PERFORMANCE | 7 out of 10
a tad on the tame side
Kelley Blue Book
had a tendency to wallow and pogo
Car and Driver
loafs until the turbo begins boosting around 3000 rpm
Reviewers from around the Web find the 2008 Volvo C70 adequate rather than exciting when it comes to performance and handling.
With the 2008 Volvo C70 only coming in a single, T5 trim model, veteran Volvo drivers and new owners alike can enjoy the 227 horses generated by the turbocharged 2.5-liter, five-cylinder turbo powerplant. Nevertheless, Kelley Blue Book wishes for more of a boost, noting "a little more horsepower would turn the C70 from a satisfying ride to a thrilling one." ForbesAutos adds, "It's a little less speedy here, however, given the added weight of the C70's complex top mechanism." Edmunds adds that although the C70 Volvo's power is "certainly not blistering, the turbocharged engine provides enough low-end torque to get the C70 moving briskly enough from a stop."
Cars.com reports the Volvo C70 engine "mates with a six-speed manual or a five-speed automatic transmission with winter and manual shifting modes." ConsumerGuide says that the "automatic transmission is smooth and alert...the manual's shift action is a bit rubbery, but shifts are smooth and clean overall."
MacPherson struts up front and a multilink rear suspension in the back provide for spirited, smooth handling, even through the electric power steering isn't overly imposing. Kelley Blue Book says that the C70 Volvo "does a more-than-creditable job of finding the right balance between ride and handling for most luxury coupe-convertible drivers." ForbesAutos ventures further, commenting that the Volvo C70's suspension imbues "nimble handling and a refined ride." Volvo's Dynamic Stability and Traction Control system is standard, and gives the Volvo a civilized, inline drive in dry or wet conditions. This convertible is best suited, however, for straight-line cruising and coast blasting, as best put by Car and Driver: "the C70 [Volvo] had a tendency to wallow and pogo" on mountain roads, "a function of spring and damper rates selected for boulevard ride quality." ConsumerGuide reports that the Volvo C70 is "not sports-car nimble, but C70 corners with front-drive assurance, modest body lean, and tolerable noseplow."
The 2008 Volvo C70 has enough turbo power, but its handling feels more cruiser-friendly than sportscar hot.