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Volvo C70 2.5 T5 Review: Open for Business

The updated Volvo C70 faces stiff competition in the form of the topless Audi A5. We play judge.
OneShift Editorial Team
OneShift Editorial Team
03 Feb 2010
What we like:
pros
Audi: Gorgeous looks
pros
build quality
pros
efficient drivetrain
pros
surefootedness of quattro
pros
roof can be operated on the moveVolvo: More secure and practical hardtop
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charismatic engine
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Scandinavian simplicity on the inside
pros
freshened up looks
What we dislike:
cons
Audi: Dead steering
cons
more expensive than the Volvo
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only four cylindersVolvo: Mundane handling manners
cons
thirsty engine
cons
styling not as well proportioned as Audi's


The C70 possesses safety features that are worthy of a Volvo. A strong bodyshell helps but the C70 also comes with the world's first door-mounted side curtain airbags to protect occupants in the event of a side impact. There are also the usual front and side airbags and a roll-over protection system. Luxuries standard with the C70 include a brilliant sounding stereo, trip computer, cruise control, 18-inch alloys, Xenon headlamps and so on.

The A5 Cabriolet isn't short of standard kit either despite its relatively small 2-litre motor. It comes with a plethora of airbags, HID headlamps, 19-inch wheels, MMI, Audi Drive Select, quattro and so on.

You'd be better off by going for the $218k BMW 325i Convertible is driving fun is high in your priority as both the Volvo and Audi here are more boulevard cruisers than tarmac scorchers.

With the updated C70, Volvo certainly has a strong contender in the premium convertible market thanks to its solid and convincing package. It is better equipped than previously while T5 engine is as charismatic as before but the Audi is somewhat more handsome, a very important characteristic indeed for a topless model.

Credits: Story and Photos by Raymond Lai

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