The stylish Volvo C70, in a color called Passion Red, works well for cruising with the retractable hardtop down.

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The cabin of the C70 is as nicely designed as the exterior, and the front power adjustable seats have wide range of motion.

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When the top goes up, it needs extra headspace, as it increases the overall height of the car by half again as much as the normal height.

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The six-disc in-dash stereo is easy to use, but unfortunately doesn't play MP3 CDs, nor does it include an auxiliary input.

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A remote is included for the navigation system so that passengers can input destinations. Controls for the driver are mounted behind the steering wheel.

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The C70 has a five-cylinder turbocharged engine with full torque all the way down to 1,500rpm. The automatic transmission is only a five-speed.

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An aggressive-looking front end doesn't translate into a performance machine. Although the C70 can chirp its front wheels easily enough, it's not a particularly fast car.

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The C70 shows that Volvo easily steps away from the boxy image its prior models evoke.

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The entire top of the car is stashed in the trunk.

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The minimalistic controls on the remote mirror those mounted behind the steering wheel. They work surprisingly well.

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The navigation screen on the C70 is very poorly placed, getting washed out by glare at almost any time of the day.

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The front-wheel-drive C70 suffers from understeer and is generally not a great car for negotiating twisty mountain roads.

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The C70's key is also high-tech, using a plastic shaft to turn the ignition and an RFID to identify it to the car as the right key.

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There is very little room in the trunk with the top down. A helpful button causes the roof apparatus to lift enough for trunk access.

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This new style of retractable hardtop slides the front half of the roof under the back half.

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Even with the top up, the C70 is a fine-looking car.

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Buttons on the seat shoulders cause the front seats to slide forward, aiding access to the rear seats.

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Volvo sees no need to cover up the space behind the stack, instead making a bold statement with this thin panel that hosts stereo and climate controls.

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Volvo's stack design is very nice, with unique climate controls. The keypad would be put to better use if the car came with better cabin electronics.

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The Dynaudio stereo option gives the C70's 12 speakers an impeccable sound.

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