Used Volvo C70 Convertible 1997 - 2006 review

Category: Convertible

Section: Our recommendations

1997 - 2006 review
Volvo C70 Convertible (97 - 06)
  • Volvo C70 Convertible (97 - 06)
  • Volvo C70 Convertible (97 - 06)
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Our recommendations

Which used Volvo C70 sports should I buy?

First, we'll start with two engines to avoid. The entry-level 2.0 might be turbocharged, but its 163bhp isn't enough in the C70's heavy body (especially with the automatic gearbox), while the 240bhp 2.3 T5 exposes the limitations of the chassis, and the front wheels often struggle to find enough grip.

The best bet is the 193bhp (later 200bhp) 2.4T, and preferably with the four-speed automatic gearbox option, which is slightly easier to live with than the manual gearbox, which doesn't like being rushed.

Whichever you go for, you won't be short of kit. The Cabriolet comes with a comprehensive specification, including smart alloy wheels, climate and cruise control and full leather trim. A GT option was also available, which added an upgraded stereo, heated front seats, traction and stability control and a sports steering wheel.

Because of the age of the C70, a private sale is your best bet for a bargain.

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