Volvo C70 vs BMW 3-Series

Volvo C70
Dimensions: in (mm)
Lenght: 180.4 (4582)
Width: 72.7 (1847)
Height: 55.1 (1400)

BMW 3-Series
Dimensions: in (mm)
Lenght: 178.2 (4526)
Width: 71.5 (1816)
Height: 55.9 (1420)

Compare Volvo C70 vs BMW 3-Series (1:1)

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.
When the BMW 3 Series Convertible was represented, the only surprise was that it had a folding hard top. Other than that, its discreet looks were typical of the company. The distinctive kidney grille, tapered bonnet, strong shoulder line and sculpted sides were unmistakably BMW, but it seems that's why the company's buyers like its vehicles so much they're subtle.

Nobody buys a coupe-cabriolet for the practicality it provides in terms of luggage room. That's just as well, because the 3 Series Convertible can accommodate a mere 210 litres with the roof down, and all of 350 litres with it up. Back bench leg space is also compromised, although there's reasonable head space with the roof up. There's space for two only in the rear and they'll be okay as long as they're well under six feet tall. The only other luxury four-seater coupe-cabrio available is the Volvo C70, as all other competitors use a conventional cloth roof. Like the 3 Series, the Volvo seats four only and stows just 200 or 400 litres, depending on whether the roof is up or down.

BMW has never been too no-cost and simple with the traditional equipment on its vehicles. The days of poverty-spec vehicles have gone though, so the 3 Series convertible is reasonably well-equipped. Entry-level (SE) vehicles have 17-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, daytime running lights, xenon headlamps, back parking sensors, leather trim, electric windows and dual-zone conditioning as traditional. Move up to M Sport trim and you'll get 18-inch alloys, sports suspension, a multi-function helm and sports seatings.