The 2012 Volvo C70 boasts a retractable hardtop, a premium dashboard and a smooth ride, though its middling performance means some rivals will leave it behind. Volvo C70 Convertible offers the following pros: Comfortable retractable hardtop; cosseting cabin; quiet and convenient ride; surprisingly practical. Volvo C70 Convertible drawbacks are: Unremarkable performance; confusing navigation controls.
The 2012 Volvo C70 is a four-passenger luxury convertible with a retractable hardtop. A reshuffling of the model lineup means there are now three various Volvo C70 versions available, including the T5, T5 Premier Plus and T5 Platinum.
The T5 base model comes equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels, a power-retractable hardtop, front and back foglamps, and heated mirrors. Inside, the T5 sports keyless entry, cruise control, dual-zone automatic conditioning, leather upholstery, eight-way performance front seatings, driver memory functions, a tilt-and-telescoping leather-wrapped helm, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a trip computer, Bluetooth phone and stereo connectivity, and an eight-speaker audio system with a CD player, radio, HD radio, an Ipod/usb stereo interface and an optional stereo slot.
Moving up to the Premier Plus gets you back parking sensors, keyless ignition/entry and a compass. The top-of-the-line T5 Platinum adds a navigator, real-time traffic and a 14-speaker luxury surround-sound stereo system.
Every trim is eligible for the following features. The Climate suite bundles headlamp washers, automatic wipers, heated front seatings and updated conditioning. The Dynamic suite contains 18-inch alloy wheels, adaptive bi-xenon headlights and a sport helm. Stand-alone features include a blind-spot warning system. .
The 2012 Audi A5 proves that beauty can be more than skin deep. With a pleasant driving demeanor, inviting cab and admirable fuel efficiency, this sleek coupe is worthy of your attention. Audi A5 Convertible offers the following pros: Classy styling; confident handling; uptown interior; frugal fuel efficiency; available all-wheel drive. Audi A5 Convertible drawbacks are: Quirky steering feel; unintuitive control layout; acceleration not as quick as many competitors.
The 2012 Audi A5 is available in both coupe and convertible (cabriolet) body styles and provided in three versions: Luxury, Luxury Plus and Prestige. The high-performance S5 is discussed in a separate review.
Traditional features on the Luxury trim include 18-inch wheels, automatic headlights, foglights, cruise control, automatic wipers, eight-way performance front seatings, leather upholstery, automatic conditioning, a dash-mounted Multi Media Interface (MMI) controller and a 10-speaker audio system with a CD player, radio and an optional stereo slot. The coupe features a tilt-only sunroof, while the cabriolet gets a power-retractable soft top and a wind blocker.
An auxillary Comfort suite adds Bluetooth and an Ipod stereo interface, while a Style suite contains bi-xenon headlights, LED running lamps and taillights, and bright metal look trim.
The Luxury Plus trim gains the above features as traditional and tops it with tri-zone automatic conditioning, auto-dimming mirrors, heated front seatings and driver bench memory functions. Available features include the Navigation suite, which adds a navigator, a more user-friendly console-mounted MMI controller, a rearview camera, back parking sensors, voice controls, HD radio and a color trip computer display.
The Audi A5 Prestige comes traditional with the equipment in the Navigation suite and further adds adaptive headlights, keyless ignition/entry, a blind-spot detection system and a Bang & Olufsen luxury audio system (optional on the Luxury Plus). The Prestige can further be equipped with Audi Drive Select, which offers adaptive suspension dampers plus adjustable options for suspension, steering and transmission. Adaptive cruise control is provided as a stand-alone feature.
The Sport suite -- available for the Luxury Plus and Prestige versions -- adds a sport-tuned suspension, sport seatings and shift paddles for the automatic transmission. The Sport suite is required to add the S Line suite (only available on the Prestige), which adds 19-inch wheels, black look trim, faux-suede bench inserts and brushed aluminum dashboard trim. The cabriolet's Convenience suite adds a neck-level heating system, ventilated front sport seatings, adjustable lumbar for the passenger bench and updated leather upholstery. .