Volvo C30 Review & Ratings
- 18 September 2016
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
The Volvo C30 is a compact car which was first manufactured in 2008 and ultimately discontinued by 2013. This car is available only as a three-door hatchback and uses inline-four and straight-five engines. The overall design of the C30 closely resembles the more contemporary Volvo S40 as well as the V50 and C70, using the same Volvo P1 platform. Originally this car was marketed as a premium hatchback or sports couple and was targeted at those who have never purchased a Volvo before along with younger drivers.
There are many different safety features included with the Volvo C30, including forward collision warning, safety cameras, information projected on the windscreen, height-adjustable rear seat, adjustable steering wheel (height and reach), protection for pedestrians, and communication the car via mobile phone. Volvo has always highlighted the important and role of safety in the design of their vehicles and the C30 is no different. More recent models of this vehicle corrected problems with blind spots in the driver’s rearview mirror, utilizing the BLIS or Blind Spot Information System for a safer way to drive. The Volvo C30 also comes with patented front and rear structure which uses four different grades of steel to redistribute and absorb energy upon impact around the body of the vehicle.
With 2010 came many changes to the C30, including redesigned front body panels, a more aerodynamic rear, two additional wheel options (white wheels), and five different colors on the lower trim. The 2010 Volvo C30 also offered an Oyster Burst Deco centre stack option along with a luggage compartment cover in the back of the vehicle which utilized a whole new material and graphic pattern for a more contemporary look.
This vehicle has an extremely distinctive look as well as a great deal of rear visibility, which is one of the many things that makes it one of the safer cars on road. The C30 has bucket seats, front-wheel drive, and a turbocharged engine which decent handling. The 2013 Volvo C30 is available in two different trims, including the base T5 and the T5 R-Design, which has a much sportier look and appeal to it. Some of the equipment that comes standard with this vehicle includes 17” allow wheels, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with audio controls, an eye-speaker CD audio system, and full power accessories. The T5R Design offers a bit more, including 18” wheels, color-coordinated exterior trim, a faster and more responsible steering wheel, leather setting, and a uniquely designed grill.
Each trim for the Volvo C30 can be upgraded to either the Premium Plus or Platinum package and they both come with their own set of features, some of which include LED daytime lights, driver seat memory, a 10-speaker audio system, and a power sunroof. Mechanically speaking, the C30 shares quite a bit in common with a couple other vehicles, including the V50 wagon as well as the S40 sedan. The suspension on this vehicle makes for a fairly smooth and comfortable ride, even in the city. There is also a five-speed automatic transmission, which is optional, along with a manual gearbox which can go up to 60mph in only 6.6 seconds.
With a powerful engine and a multitude of safety features as well as a sleek and stylish design, the Volvo C30 is definitely a good investment for those who are looking for a new vehicle. This car experienced a great deal of success in the U.S as well as parts of Europe where sales reached record heights. While it may be true that this vehicle has its shortcomings, it remains one of Volvo’s best achievements to date.