This is our first UK taste of Volvo's handsome folding hardtop C70 with the D5 diesel engine. The C70 sits in a slightly lonely position in the class, as its main rivals don't have hardtop roofs to offer.
All those rivals have long since installed diesels into their cars, however, making Volvo a little on the late side. The 187bhp five-cylinder oil-burner has 258lb ft of torque, which sounds a lot until the C70's 1684kg weight is brought into the equation.
What's it like?
Weighty, which isn't quite the bad news it might seem. Every movement the C70 makes reveals its weight: when accelerating, braking or cornering you can feel the masses shifting around.
That's not necessarily an unpleasant feeling, for the weight contributes to the assurance of the ride and secure feel of the handling in this calming Swedish cruiser, which is certainly no sports car.
Where the C70 D5 falls behind is when it falls behind – i.e. whenever sharp acceleration is called for. Then, the engine's usual lack of initial step-off performance necessitates an early and hearty stab at the throttle if you're going to get into that gap.
There's often doubt lingering in your mind as to how safely you'll make it, and that's a bit too much to accept in a £33,170 car.