In years gone by, Volvos were known as boxy, square lumps — reliable and safe, perhaps, but never styling trendsetters. The Swedes finally joined the styling parade in the late ’90s with the introduction of the slightly more curvaceous Volvo C70. Available as a coupe or convertible, the two-door C70 shared much of its underlying hardware with the S70 sedan of the time. Detail improvements through the years — including trim level and color changes, and minor engine upgrades with low- and high-output turbo options — kept the first-generation C70 fresh enough for its relatively low volume of customers.
A fully redesigned Volvo C70 debuted for 2006, and it was a whole new ball game. Rather than offering separate coupe and convertible models, Volvo decided to join the herd again and offer a handsome new retractable hardtop that opens and closes at the touch of a button. Fortunately, the attractive shape of the first C70 has largely carried over to the second. The C70 is no sports car, but it should appeal to those who want style and comfort in a luxury convertible.