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Volvo C30

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Volvo C30

The Volvo C30 is well built, well equipped and should hold it's value well

Engine Engine power Fuel consumption Fuel type 0-100 (0-60) Top speed
1.6 i 16V 100 hp 7 l/100km Petrol 11.8 s 185 km/h
1.6 D 109 hp 4.9 l/100km Diesel 11.9 s 190 km/h
1.8 i 16V 125 hp 7.3 l/100km Petrol 10.8 s 200 km/h
2.0 D 136 hp 5.7 l/100km Diesel 9.4 s 210 km/h
2.0 i 16V 145 hp 7.3 l/100km Petrol 9.4 s 210 km/h
2.4 D5 163 hp 6.9 l/100km Diesel 9.3 s 210 km/h
2.4 i 20V 170 hp 8.4 l/100km Petrol 8.1 s 220 km/h
2.4 D5 180 hp 6.9 l/100km Diesel 8.4 s 220 km/h
2.5 i 20V T5 220 hp 8.7 l/100km Petrol 6.7 s 240 km/h

Body type Hatchback
Number of doors 3
Number of seats 4
Engine position Front
Driven wheels Front
Length 4 252 mm
Width 1 782 mm
Height 1 447 mm
Wheelbase 2 640 mm
Ground clearance 135 mm
Weight (normal) 1 252 kg
Weight (max) ?
Boot space (min) 233 l
Boot space (max) ?
Fuel capacity 55 l


   The Volvo C30 is produced since 2006. Currently it is a Volvo's smallest car.

   It is available with a wide range of engines, that have been proven on other Volvos. The entry level 1.6-liter petrol has enough urge to keep up with the traffic, as well as the 1.6-liter diesel. There are four diesels in the engine lineup, so the diesel fans will find something that will suit them. Unfortunately the D5 models are available with a five-speed automatic gearbox only, which is rather slow and unresponsive. A top of the range 2.5-liter T5 unit has a massive mid-range pull.

   The Volvo C30 has a firm ride, but the things get better at the motorway speed. The ride softness was sacrificed for a better body control going through the corners. On the good side there is a well weighted and responsive steering.

   At the motorway speed some wind rustles build up around the door mirrors. Some road noise is also present riding over coarse surface. Petrol engines are hushed, but the diesels are rather noisy.

   The Volvo C30 is cheaper to buy than it's closest rivals - the Audi A3 and the BMW 1-series. It's fuel consumption is reasonable, furthermore there are a number of diesel engines to choose from. Servicing costs also shouldn't brake your wallet. Residual values are likely to be strong. It is worth mentioning that Volvo has a good reliability record.

   Inside the car there is a quality built-to-last feel. Interior plastics are soft to touch, while switches and buttons work with precision. Dashboard design is similar to that on the larger Volvos. In generally everything is good except some fiddly switches.

   Driver's seat and the steering wheel have a wide range of adjustments, so it is easy to get comfortable in front of the wheel.

   There is plenty of space for the front passengers, while two adults can get themselves rather comfy on the rear seats. Unfortunately the C30 has got two individual rear seats, so it won't take the third person. The boot is small, but well shaped.

   Volvo is famous for it's passenger safety and the C30 is not an exception. Every model comes with six airbags, stability control, anti-whiplash head restraints. Thieves should be kept away by deadlocks and a visible VIN number.

   On the basic equipment list there is a climate control, electric front windows, alloy wheels. The SE trim adds cruise control, while the SE Sport comes with larger alloys and a bodykit. The SE Lux adds leather upholstery and heated front seats.

   Production of the Volvo C30 still continues.


   Advantages: The Volvo C30 is well built, well equipped and should hold it's value well.

   Disadvantages: Ride is firm, while the rear seats are intended for two passengers only, and the boot is also small.

   Verdict: A stylish car for stylish people.

   Also consider: Audi A3, BMW 1-series.


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