In the global automotive world, one car company stands out as the producer of the safest cars. Volvo, the Sweden-based Ford-owned car brand, has always been the trendsetter when it comes to safety features. This dedication to produce safe cars has even led to what some people would call a “boring” design.
But Volvo engineers have been working to produce a car with safety features and good looks combined. In the past ten years, Volvo has said goodbye to boxy designs and is developing and producing vehicles that are aimed at the younger generation of car buyers. The Volvo S40 and the Volvo C30 are two of the best looking cars from the company which shows their wholehearted efforts to produce safe and stylish vehicles. Another model though that is attracting the attention of more aesthetically tuned car buyers is the Volvo C70 convertible.
The Volvo C70 is the successor of the Volvo 780 and it is currently competing with popular models such as the Saab 9-3, the Audi A4 Cabriolet, and the Volkswagen Eos. It joined the youth oriented models in Volvo’s lineup in 1997 and since then, it has been turning heads. Some automotive experts think that the Volvo C70 is one of the most stylish vehicles to have been produced by Volvo. Of course, the fact that it is a convertible has a lot to do with its appealing form.
While the Volvo C70 has a high aesthetic value because of it being a convertible, it also suffers some drawbacks for the same reason. For one, luggage capacity is minimal. Once you have the top down, the already limited trunks space shrinks even further.
But Volvo designed an ingenious solution for this. With a touch of a button, a mechanism forces the folded roof upward against the top of the trunk. Once that step is done, it is just a matter of sliding in your limited luggage into the car’s trunk. Once the luggage is safely stowed away, just simply release the forced up folded roof, close the trunk’s lid and you are ready to go. Volvo C70 owners can also use the second row of seats to hold their cargo. The limited legroom of the second row of seats makes it more suitable to hold cargoes than passengers.
The interior of the vehicle is what Volvo would call Scandinavian luxury. Combining simplicity and luxurious features, Volvo has made the C70 one of the vehicles in its class with the most appealing interior. The floating console is also an integral feature of the C70. The said feature has earned the praise of Volvo consumers.
The tone of the interior of the C70 is aluminum with black surrounds. This gives the inside of the C70 a simplistic but luxurious appeal. A luxury feature of the Volvo C70 includes heated seats which is, of course, a necessity on Sweden’s icy and chilled roads. The most notable feature of the C70, of course, is the three-piece folding roof which is quickly stowed away with a touch of a button. This feature though can only be used once the car is stationary.
The Volvo C70’s looks is complemented by a powerful engine. Under the C70’s stylish hood lies a 2.5-liter five-cylinder, turbocharged engine that has been made to be very capable of producing 217 horsepower at 5,000 revs per minute. The said power output is more than enough for the compact convertible. With that much power and the vehicle’s relative small frame, the engine and the host of ,Volvo C70 parts, the vehicle is reported to achieve speeds of a hundred kilometers per hour from a stationary position in just 8 seconds. All in all, this convertible from Volvo is a solid car which can give its competitors a good run for their money.