Volvo C30

Volvo unveiled Volvo C30 at the Paris Motor Show in 2006. The car was also released in Europe the same year. However, it was launched in the United States in mid-2007.

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About the Volvo C30

The Volvo C30, designed with the intention of incorporating some of the style of its more established peers, was manufactured as a three-door hatchback able to accommodate four adults. Ever since its release, the hatchback received a mixed response from its customers and critics. While some have lauded the versatility it offers, others have criticized the exterior design. Many have criticized the car saying that it mostly looked like a full-size sedan sporting a flattened back. Despite criticisms, the car sold well in the U.S. as well as across the world.

In 2008, Volvo changed the engine availability of the C30 in the U.S. while retaining other basic features of the car. The company released the C30 only with a 2.5-liter turbocharged gas-powered engine, which featured an automatic or a manual transmission.

In the next few years, when the C30 hybrid version will be released, buyers hopefully will accept the unique hatchback design of the car. Alternatively, they may just disregard the car’s exterior and go for it because of the superb mileage that the vehicle offers. Either way, Volvo plans to continue the production of the C30 steadily, for several years to come.

The best part of the 2012 Volvo C30 is the exceptional mileage that the car offers to the customer. The Environmental Protection Agency has pegged the mileage of the car at 21/29 mpg city/highway; 24 mpg is the combined mileage for the C30 that has a manual transmission system and 21/30 mpg city/highway is the rating for the automatic transmission.

Volvo C30 Features

There is no doubt that the 2012 Volvo C30 is a classic vehicle. It’s a head-turner, in part due to the P1800ES-inspired rear end to the C30. The car has a glass hatch and oversized vertical taillights that give the C30 its personality. In addition, the acceleration and clean look appeal to the younger crowd.

The 2012 Volvo C30 is available in two models, the basic T5 and the upper T5 R-Design. Both models are powered by the lively 2.5-liter, 236 lb-ft, and 227-hp turbocharged five-cylinder engine. The engine is further aided by a standard six-speed manual transmission system or an optional five-speed automatic system. Although Volvo has left the T5 R-Design’s engine untouched, the C30 is blessed with the superior sports suspension that increases steering reflexes.

Being a compact car, the rear seats of the C30 are predictably quite cramped. It is a challenge to fit in a lot of cargo inside the trunk of the car, which is a mere 12.9 cubic feet. However, this space can be maximized by folding the rear seats, increasing the cargo capacity to 20.2 cubic feet.

For 2012, Volvo added minor changes to the C30. Bluetooth aided audio streaming has been made the standard. There are also two trim levels, the Premier Plus and the Platinum. Premier Plus is available with amenities like LED daytime running lights, sunroof, and power seats. The Platinum Plus, on the other hand, has a premium audio system, satellite radio, and navigation. The Preferred Package and the Multimedia Package have, however, been deleted from the optional accessories list. The T5 is touched with a new exterior Caspian Blue metallic paint color.

The Volvo C30 is immediately distinguishable because of the oval shaped and oversized rear glass that would normally look hugely out of place in any other car, but fits nicely on to the C30. The glass lends an ultra-cool look to the car. Upfront, the C30 still sports the aggressive nose that was attached to it in 2011. It also has a blacked-out honeycomb grille, sporting the oversized Volvo logo. Sill plates and tinted windows are both part of standard equipment for T5 R-Design and T5. However, T5 R-Design further adds exterior matte silver mirror housings, a sport chassis, and a body kit.

Volvo C3 Evolution

The 2.4-liter engine powered the Volvo C30 in 2007. The engine gave the car decent output and a five-speed manual transmission. The turbocharged engine, which became synonymous with Volvo cars, was lively and the gearbox of the 2007 version was slick and light. Even the brakes were quite reassuring. The 2007 version of the C30 was the first one that encouraged increased interest in a Volvo car.

Select a Volvo C30 Year

2013 Volvo C30

Compact, Hatchback

As a Volvo, the 2013 C30 is quite unorthodox.

2012 Volvo C30

Compact, Hatchback

The few changes for 2012 include a new color--Caspian Blue Metallic--a standard rear center armrest, new Premier Plus and Platinum model levels, and LED daytime running lights.

2011 Volvo C30

Compact, Hatchback

Newly standard on the C30 T5 R-Design is a new sport suspension with firmer springs and shock absorber damping, and a quicker steering ratio. Both the T5 and T5 R-Design have received all-new front styling for 2011 which includes a new fascia, fenders, reshaped headlights, honeycomb grille, and a more prominent Volvo badge. Orange Flame metallic has been added to the exterior color palate, as has an Off Black/Blonde interior trim.

2010 Volvo C30

Compact, Hatchback

2009 Volvo C30

Compact, Hatchback

The C30 marks Volvo’s return to the hatchback coupe market in America, a segment that the Swedish maker avoided for decades.

2008 Volvo C30

Compact, Hatchback

The 2008 Volvo C30 is an attempt by the Swedish car maker to change its ""boring"" image into something a bit more youthful and cool.