Strangely for a car that’s built by the car maker that most famously trades on its safety credentials, and one that’s been on sale for many years, the Volvo C70 hasn’t been put through the Euro NCAP crash tests.

If it were to be tested, it’s hard to imagine that Volvo has released a car that won’t score a maximum five stars.

Matt Prior

Matt Prior

Road test editor
A high level of safety equipment is standard

The windscreen pillars have each been formed from a single piece of steel for added strength, and reach as low as the sills for greater side-impact protection.

Should the C70 roll, pop-up bars are standard; as are world-first curtain airbags that inflate upwards from the doors. There are also twin front and side airbags, anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake-assist, traction and stability control.

Although it offers the most pace, the turbocharged petrol T5 model feels a little over-engined, so the additional running costs don’t compute. Volvo claims 30.1mpg on the combined cycle, and at 219g/km, it emits almost 100g/km more CO2 than the greenest VW Eos.

The diesel duo are wiser, if less sonorous choices, with identical 47.9mpg and 154g/km ratings. Not only is it a nicer gearbox, but manual versions are also cheaper to buy and run.

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