The C70 feels considerably stiffer when the roof is raised than when lowered. Although Volvo claims that the new car is twice as stiff as the previous convertible, that’s not the boldest claim: the old C70 never felt especially rigid in either coupé or convertible form.
On smooth roads, however, this C70 is untroubled by scuttle shake. But roads with mid-corner drains or broken asphalt send jolts through the C70’s suspension and into the bodyshell. Occasionally this causes creaks and shakes from the roof, mostly where it meets the windscreen header rail.
Grip levels are high, and when the C70 does let go it understeers mildly and predictably. The C70’s steering offers very little feedback, except for the occasional unwanted shimmy. It’s a little too light, but linear. The Audi A5 Convertible and Volkswagen Eos are both more fun to drive than the Volvo.
There’s a feeling that the C70 is a weighty car, and that’s not necessarily a bad feeling because the weight contributes to the assurance of the ride and secure feel of the handling.
Of course, for every driver who wants a sharp drive in a car with excellent dynamics, there are plenty who just want a boulevard cruiser that’s comfortable and predictable. The C70 can do this just fine.