A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Volvo C70

Volvo has long been renowned for its safety and reliability, and the C70 takes those highly desirable traits and combines them with the sporty fun of a cabriolet. This convertible, however, comes with a twist – a hard top. Not only that but with room for four adults you can take friends with you fairly comfortably, something that’s unusual in the larger convertible class.

Key Features

The most enjoyable draw of this model is the three-piece retractable top that opens and closes in a swift 30 seconds. Combined with safety features like anti-submarining seat belts, and conveniences like a USB port and humidity sensor, you get the best of all possible worlds.

Changes for 2012

The improvements in this model year boast Bluetooth streaming capability, a smartphone app with features like emergency services and concierge, and optional LED running lights.

What We Like

The bucket seats fit like a glove and the climate control system is top of the line, keeping things perfect for the car’s occupants. Leather seating on the inside and a sleek, attractive design outside – despite the fact that the rear can seat two people in reasonable comfort – make this convertible Volvo a pleasure to drive and ride in.

What Concerns Us

The power isn’t quite as aggressive as some sports car enthusiasts might prefer, and when the top is down the cargo space is severely impaired, getting cut nearly in half.

Available Models

The 2012 Volvo C70 series includes both the base T5 model as well as the slightly more souped up – and slightly more expensive – T5 Inscription.

  • The T5 is powered by a 2.5L turbocharged inline 5 engine with 236 lb.-ft. of torque and a respectable 227 HP, with fuel efficiency of 18/28 mpg.

  • The T5 Inscription boasts the same 2.5L turbocharged engine but with 273 lb.-ft. of torque and 250 HP for the same mileage.

Major Recalls

In February 2012 Volvo issued a recall on C70s that contained an optional spare tire accessory kit and wheel. The instructions for this kit were incorrect, which could lead to improper inflation, thereby increasing the risk of an accident. The company notified owners of the relevant models and offered free installation of a proper label.

Common Issues

Volvo is well-known for its safety record, and as such it receives few complaints of problems. However, there have been two reports of the driver’s side door opening by itself on the 2012 C70.

Volvo C70 2012 Interior


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