While powertrain options are largely carried over from the previous model, the updated C70 brings a new frontal treatment, a modestly tweaked rear-end and a number of interior upgrades.
The most obvious change to the lines of the 2010 C70 is the addition of Volvo's new' family face', first seen on last year's preview of the upcoming 2011 S60 sedan.
The upswept headlights, prominent grille and sporty front bumper are now shared with the new XC60 SUV and the updated C30 range.
Largely retaining the same rear-end and profile styling, the updated C70 gains a subtly-revised rear bumper and updated LED tail-lights.
It also features a three-part hard-top folding roof, opening or closing in 30 seconds at the press of a button.
Inside, the two-plus-two C70 gains new and better quality materials for the dash, along with a redesigned instrument panel with a wider, sleeker look than before.
There are new aluminium trim details, with a new honeycomb-style surface style designed to add visual depth and to protect against scratching. An optional 'Oyster Burst' grey/white trim is also available for the centre stack and door-panel inlays.
Softer leather has been applied to the seats, and a new 'Cranberry Red' upholstery option is available for a touch of sportiness to the C70's interior style.
On the storage front, the C70's carrying capacity is greatest with the roof up, at 404 litres. Roof down, luggage space is more than halved, allowing for 200 litres in the boot.
As with the C30 and XC60, the 2010 C70 can be optioned with Volvo's Teknik Pack, which includes a navigation system, Blind Spot Identification System, Active Bending Lights, Compass, Bluetooth connectivity and Headlight Washer System. The pack is priced at $4,725 for the C70 T5 and $6,300 for the C70 S.
Never a brand to skimp on safety, Volvo has equipped the 2010 C70 with dual-stage front and front-side airbags, along with door-mounted curtain airbags.
The front seats feature Volvo's WHIPS anti-whiplash system and seatbelt pretensioners, and a SIPS side-impact protection system is also standard.
Occupants are also protected in the event of a roll-over, thanks to the Roll-Over Protection System which deploys steel bars from behind the rear seats.
A standout safety feature is Volvo's Emergency Brake Light system, which flashes the brake lights rapidly if the brakes are applied forcefully at speeds higher than 60km/h. Below 10km/h, the hazard lights will flash instead of the brake lights.
Stability and traction control, anti-lock brakes and emergency brake assist also figure among the C70's extensive safety features.
The 2010 C70's mechanical package remains largely unchanged from its predecessor.
The base-model C70 S is powered by Volvo's naturally-aspirated 2.4 litre five-cylinder petrol engine, producing a reasonable 125kW and 230Nm of torque.
The C70 T5, the range-topper in the two-model line-up, draws power from the 2.5 litre turbo-charged five-cylinder engine, with 169kW and 320Nm of torque on tap.
Sending power to the front wheels, both models are available with a five-speed Geartronic automatic transmission, with a sequential manual shift model available when desired.
For those preferring a traditional manual transmission, the C70 S can be had with a five-speed manual, while buyers of the sportier C70 T5 can get a six-speed manual.
Equipped with the manual, the C70 S will cover the 0-100km/h sprint in 9.1 seconds, stretching out to 10 seconds with the auto.
The turbo-charged C70 T5 will hustle to 100km/h in 7.6 seconds with the manual transmission, and a flat eight seconds when paired with the auto.
Fuel consumption for the manual C70 S is rated at 9.0 l/100km and 9.6 l/100km for the auto. The T5 returns a fuel figure of 9.1 l/100km for the manual and 9.8 l/100km for the auto.
Even with the bonnet and boot lid both made of aluminium, the C70 weighs in at a hefty 1700 to 1725kg depending on specification.
The C70's braking system sees ventilated discs up front and solid discs at the rear, while suspension is managed by MacPherson struts at the front and an independent multi-link arrangement at the rear.
The 2010 Volvo C70 range is available now.
- 2010 Volvo C70 S - $59,950 (five-speed manual and Geartronic)
- 2010 Volvo C70 S - $69,950 (five-speed manual and Geartronic)
Note: Pricing is Manufacturer's List Pricing only, and does not include dealer delivery or on-road costs.