2006 Volvo C70 T5 Sport 2.5 petrol from UK and Ireland
The prettiest cabrio, a luxury car with a "wow!" factor
Soft roof lining at the rear corners of the convertible roof gets twisted when the roof is lowered and raised.
Satnav blanks out from time to time.
It feels like a luxury car with a comfortable ride, good seats and a silky smooth engine, with all the power you need on a British motorway.
The satnav has real-time advanced warnings of hold-ups, and with the cruise control and the characteristics just mentioned, it helps make motorway driving feel easy.
Petrol consumption is not great, especially in town. It's slightly better than my previous car, a 2.3L Honda Accord, but considering it's a more recent design, I would have expected better.
With the roof down, there is more turbulence than in a Mercedes SLK at high speed. You can buy a wind deflector, but this sits over the rear seats, and costs more than £200, so I don't think the buffeting is bad enough to warrant one.
I like the way the Volvo handbook tells you how to change bulbs: some manufacturers pretend you always have to go to a dealer, and Volkswagen even claim they need two men to change a side indicator repeater bulb on a Golf!
Although it's a convertible, the rear seats are comfortable and not cramped, and the cabin as a whole has a pleasant and high-quality feel.
Most coupe-cabriolets, or hard-top convertibles, look awkward, with oversized rear ends to accommodate the folded roof. The Volvo C70 is the best-looking of them all, either with the roof up or down.
The boot, with the roof down, is not too small (unless you go for the optional spare wheel, which sits in a bag on the boot floor and takes up a lot of room - otherwise you have to make do with a puncture repair kit). With the roof up, the boot is quite spacious.
It's a pity that Volvo chose to give the roof a soft inner lining that is supposed to fold in more places than the metal roof. Mercedes gave the SLK a rigid roof lining that seems to work better. As mentioned above, the soft lining on the Volvo doesn't always unfold correctly.
I haven't had this car for long, but I like almost everything about it. It's one of those cars that definitely has a "wow!" factor.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th April, 2014