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Hi chaps, first post having collected a C70 T5 manual on Fri last week. As background, it replaces a 996 cab, have a history of 911’s, boxster. Currently joins a XC90 and Zafira. In a week I have already covered 700 miles.<p>First impressions: Goodness, is it a superb piece of design, exceptionally well thought out, a little tail heavy with the roof down but has a real air of quality externally. Internally, the cabin is very good, ergonomically and aesthetically of very high standard however I suspect some of the plastics could be of better quality (the door tops spring to mind).<p>Day-to-day use: It is a very civilised place to be, internal noise levels are very good with the roof up, much, much better than any fabric roofed cars I have had experience of. The engine, road noise and wind roar are all very well controlled although on poor quality surfaces, there is a fair amount of rumble – this, I suspect, is coming through the 18” wheels and Pirelli tyres. Although this may be less on the 17” wheels, the 18” looks just so right! Having an XC90 already, it is noted that the layout of the dash, switches, steering wheel controls, etc follow a similar theme so it was very easy to get used to. <p>Toys: I opted for, what is called in the UK, the SE Lux pack that includes the Dynasound package, and added the communications and winter pack – I have not yet needed the pleasure of the winter pack (we are having some unusually good weather at the moment her in the UK) but have made use of the SatNav and telephone. The telephone is superb; if you make / receive a lot of calls whilst driving; made so useful if you have a ‘twin SIM’ facility with your mobile operator. The Satnav, however, is a mixed blessing. Whilst incredibly easy to use, very intuitive (better than Jag’s touchscreen, in my opinion as it is possible to do all functions whilst on the move - although I don’t of course!) however, compared to TomTom, the Navteq maps are not very up to date and routing is certainly not as good. The system has also frozen twice in a week (necessitating removal of the DVD & re-insertion).<p>Performance: quite acceptable in day-to-day situations with a good level of torque; although it does not seem to climb much from about 4,000 revs. It doesn’t seem to have much at the top end but, perhaps, that will improve as the engine loosens up. It could really do with a 260 bhp upgrade.<p>Handling: A bit too early to judge but it grips well, feels surefooted and confident at relatively high-speed follow through bends. The real downside, and it is quite a big one, is torque steer. If, say, you are exiting a small bend / roundabout and accelerate, the torques steer can be very severe. Volvo do need to get this sorted out as it would inhibit any real increase in power –without this resolved, it will never make a credible alternative to a BMW, which is a real shame given the quality of the rest of the car.<p>Summary: Well designed, superbly built, supremely comfortable and easy to drive. JUST GET THE TORQUE STEER SORTED!<p>I would post a few pictures but can't see how to!<p>
 

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Re: My Black C70 (tony996)

Congrats and welcome to the new C70 club <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Please posts pics <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"><br>Congrats <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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I saw the C70 for the first time today, the only downside I found is the excess use of plastic in the interior. But I guess most of the new cars around use more plastic for costs reasons. But since you are a C70 owner (new one) you must have done comparisions with few other cars in the same league, what are your inputs interms of interior quality?<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>tony996</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>I would post a few pictures but can't see how to!<p></TD></TR></TABLE><p>You need to host them on a site then link them here.<br>Then use
and put the link between them so we can view the pictures.
 

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post some pictures! ya, the one good review I read of the C70 had the torque steer complaint as well. It's weird that no tests of the S40 T5 have ever had any complaints of it though <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/confused.gif" BORDER="0"> I have noticed torque steer in my S40, but I'm so used to it now that, without even thinking, don't give much gas in the situations where it's present, ie taking off fast on rough roads or with the wheels turned. When I drive rear drive cars though, it's so nice to not have to worry about it. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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host them on, for an example, imageshack.us .. You will be given a link. Put it between "
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With regards to it being an alternative to a BMW it was never meant to be, BM isnt a 4seater and never will be (sorry BM claim its a 5 seater the 3 series cab but can fit to hamsters on the back seats!). In the winter and it was snowy and you had the choice of two cars, which would you take? Even in the wet some people dont like the high powered BM's.<p>Yes the torque steer is an issue, however people learn to drive around this and once your used to the way the car handles and delivers its power its no longer an issue.
 
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