"Owner opinion"on by SantaJim
Pros Head turner, comfortable cruiser, good road milage
Cons ergonomic mismatches
Summary I believe that I can address this car as I have now owned one for 9 months and have more than 16000 miles. It's a fun drive, but as noted it's not a barnburner. Highway milage is near 30 mpg at true highway speeds, closer to 22 in town. The car is truely comfortable on the road and just a pleasure to drive.
It's easy to note that there are several hard top convertibles out there that are less expensive, but then they aren't a Volvo. Compare any similar model and the Volvo would probably be a bit more expensive. The fit and finish is excellent.
I would not want to compare to other cars since I don't have any direct experience. Is the C70 perfect, of course not, but then every car is a compromise of one sort or another. Each person makes their own decision based on personal likes, dislikes and of course the price.
But the most fun of all is when you raise or lower the top in public, people stop and stare, then they nod their approval.
Pros hard top convertible
Cons somewhat bumpy ride with 18 inch tires
Summary This is the car I have been waiting for! I bought a new 2006 in the middle of 2007 and got a great deal. There is one thing that happened to the car that I have never seen before. The leather, which is a chalk color, in the back seats is turning yellowish. Very odd. Anybody else have that problem?
Otherwise, the car gets better gas mileage than Volvo claims, about 24 miles to the gallon using regular gas.
Pros Nice exterior styling. Safety.
Cons Ergonomics? Price.
Summary I can't think of one thing this car does better than the Eos. Build quality? Nope. More sophisticated hard top? Nope (VW managed to put a glass sunroof in their car for the cold days when you'd still like to see the sun). Interior quality? Nope. VW is just as nice with way better ergonomics...whats with the center stack buttons and a remote control for the navigation???? that's just dumb. A better stereo? VW has a Dynaudio too. A better transmission? Sorry VW's DSG is so far ahead of the five speed auto it's almost laughable. Engine? Volvo has a few more ponies but in the real world they would be dead even between stoplights...and I'd bet the ranch the VW gets much better mileage. Oh yea, and the VW is 10 grand less. Game over (one of CNet complaints was the Eos was too expensive). If you want a cheap plastic piece of junk buy a G6 Pontiac with the hardtop convertable option...you get what you pay for.
Pros Ford owns Volvo which is a plus for Ford fans.
Cons Ford owns Volvo which is a minus for GM fans.
Summary Ford and GM own a large proportion of the "foreign" car market. I think GM bought Saab first, then Ford bought Volvo. Volvo products are not that overpriced, but they are still more expensive than a comparable Ford product. Once cheaper cars catch up in the electronics world, I think luxury cars are going to fell the pinch. On a separate note, who thinks of a Volvo as a babe magnet? It was my family station wagon. My Dad bought a Volvo because they are thought of as the leader of safety. I remember the 1982 Volvo. It had the most uncomfortable vinyl seats that left you legs raw if you wore shorts. Back to the story. Volvos are only sexy if you are into family friendly station wagons.