2009 Volvo C70

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What Changed for 2009:
  • Standard Bluetooth compatibility
  • Standard seat belt reminder system for rear seats
  • Aluminum inlay on leather sport-shift knob
  • Aluminum trim replaces Nordic Light Oak wood
  • Automatic lowering side windows with top-down power
  • Blind-spot information system (BLIS) now a stand-alone option
The Volvo C70 is a 2-door, front-wheel-drive, 4-passenger convertible. Introduced in 1997, the first-generation C70 featured a power-retractable soft convertible top and a choice of turbocharged 5-cylinder powerplants under the hood. The second-generation C70 debuted in 2006 with a 3-piece hardtop. Quieter, and with improved outward visibility thanks to its enlarged windows, the second-generation C70 delivered a closed coupe experience in addition to an open-top persona. For 2009, Volvo has made minor changes to the C70.

All 2009 Volvo models are covered by a 4-year/50,000-mile comprehensive Volvo New Car Warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile corrosion warranty. Volvo On-Call roadside assistance is standard for the first four years of ownership.

Model Lineup
The 2009 Volvo C70 is only available in T5 trim, a Volvo designation reserved for a vehicle with a turbocharged 5-cylinder engine. Standard on all models is a power-operated, 3-piece, retractable hardtop convertible roof that can be raised or lowered in about 30 seconds, Volvo says. The one-touch power-down feature on all four side windows has been deleted for 2009, but the side windows will go down automatically when the power top is lowered, according to the company. In its raised position, the top features a large rear heated glass window offering excellent outward visibility, Volvo claims. The C70 features a full complement of standard equipment including power windows, power door locks, cruise control, and dual-zone automatic climate control. The power exterior mirrors are heated, and the interior mirror is auto-dimming. For 2009, the gearshift knob receives aluminum inlays, and aluminum accent pieces replace the Nordic Light Oak Wood trim, which becomes an option.

Volvo offers four different option packages on the C70 for 2009. The Premium package includes leather seating surfaces, HomeLink universal transmitter, and a compass in the mirror. The Dynaudio package upgrades the audio system with Dolby ProLogic II Surround Sound, premium Dynaudio speakers, and more powerful amplifiers. The Convenience package adds rear park assist, keyless drive, power-retractable exterior mirrors, and Volvo's Interior Air Quality System (IAQS). The Climate package features heated front seats, headlamp washers, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. Stand-alone options include a DVD-based navigation system, bi-Xenon headlamps, Sirius satellite radio, Sovereign premium leather seating surfaces, and Volvo's blind-spot information system (BLIS).

The standard engine on all 2009 Volvo C70 models is a turbocharged 5-cylinder powerplant. Displacing 2.5 liters, the engine is rated at 227 hp and 236 lb.-ft. of torque. The intercooled engine powers the front wheels through a standard 6-speed manual transmission. Volvo's 5-speed Geartronic automatic transmission with Auto Stick manual shifting is optional. The turbocharged C70 is designed to run on regular unleaded fuel, unusual among turbocharged vehicles. According to Volvo, acceleration to 60 mph takes 7.0 seconds with the manual transmission and top speed is electronically limited to 149 mph. EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2009 Volvo C70 range around 18 mpg city/27 mpg highway, depending on transmission.

The 2009 Volvo C70 benefits from a comprehensive array of safety features. Dual-stage front air bags and Volvo's standard Side Impact Protection System (SIPS) with side air bags (SIPSBAGS II) and inflatable side curtain help protect front passengers from injury. Notably, the side curtains-unique in a convertible-are manufactured from a special material that is designed to support itself without a conventional roof structure. The C70 also features Volvo's Whiplash Protection Seating System (WHIPS), Roll-Over Protection System (ROPS), and Dynamic Stability Traction Control (DSTC). A blind-spot information system (BLIS) is optional.

The current-generation Volvo C70 has been crash tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The C70 earned a \"Good\" rating for the frontal offset test overall evaluation-the highest rating issued by the Institute. The side-impact test results were also scored \"Good.\" In conjunction with its \"Good\" ratings and by also offering electronic stability control, the Volvo C70 is an IIHS \"Top Safety Pick.\" As of this writing, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has not yet tested the C70.

The Volvo C70 offers HD radio, touted as one of the most significant advancements in radio broadcasting since the introduction of FM stereo more than 50 years ago. Traditional AM/FM radio is broadcast in analog format. HD radio is broadcast digitally, offering CD-quality FM sound and AM stations with much improved FM-level quality. The audio is free from pops, hiss, distortion, or station drop-offs, according to Volvo. With more bandwidth, HD radio is also able to display information about song title, artist, traffic, weather and more. HD radio is free, unlike satellite radio, which requires a subscription.


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