Introduced as a new model for 2008 the 2010 Volvo C30 enters its third year as the Swedish carmaker's only 2-door hatchback in the lineup. Designed to appeal to younger buyers, the C30 presents a contemporary, performance-based image, liberally flavored with traditional Volvo styling cues.
The front end includes the unmistakable egg-crate grille punctuated by optional Bi-xenon headlamp clusters and fog lights in the lower front valence.
The front air dam wraps around to the side rocker panels, trimming out the fully rounded wheel openings that enclose 18-inch alloy wheels, and then continues to the rear end where it locates the dual chrome tipped exhaust outlets.
The all-glass lift gate is topped by an optional spoiler and is flanked on each side by prominent Volvo-style taillights.
Power comes from a 227 Horsepower, turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-5-cylinder engine, which delivers its 236 pound feet of torque to the front wheels by way of a standard six-speed manual or an optional 5-speed sequential automatic transmission.
Fuel economy for the C30 ranges from 19 miles per gallon city, up to 28 miles per gallon highway.
Highlighting the four-passenger interior is Volvo's ultra-slim center console that houses controls for the premium Surround Sound 10-speaker audio system and the C30's climate controls. The multi-function leather-trimmed steering wheel is tilt and telescoping adjustable. The 50/50 split folding rear seats convert to provide up to 20.2 cubic feet of cargo space.
Bringing the diminutive Volvo to a stop is accomplished effectively by 4-wheel ABS disc brakes that include stability and traction control and are just a part of the Volvo focus on safety that also includes Roll-Over Protection and a tire pressure monitoring system.
Initial base MSRP of the 2010 Volvo C30 is $24,100. With full options, and the list is long, the price can top out at almost $37,000. The C30 comes with a 4-year, 50,000-mile power train warranty.
The 2010 C30 from Volvo...a crisp interpretation of the two-door hatchback with a decidedly performance persona.