The 2009 Volvo C70 has enough turbo power, but its handling feels more cruiser-friendly than sports car hot.
Edmunds says 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." Kelley Blue Book wishes for a bigger boost, noting "a little more horsepower would turn the C70 from a satisfying ride to a thrilling one." ForbesAutos comments, "It's a little less speedy here, however, given the added weight of the C70's complex top mechanism." With the 2009 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,
ConsumerGuide contends that the "automatic transmission is smooth and alert...the manual's shift action is a bit rubbery, but shifts are smooth and clean overall." 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."
This convertible is best suited for straight-line cruising and coast blasting, best expressed 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." 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. 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.