2010 Volvo C30 | new car review

Posted on Sep 12, 2010 by









introduced the funky C30 in 2006, as part of a continuous move to distance itself from the age-old image of the Swedish company as stuffy and unstylish.

The C30 is certainly not those things, with an eye-catching design and two well-respected engines that come from Volvo’s former parent company, Ford.

The C30 seats five and has an interior very similar in style to the S40, with a trademark ‘floating’ centre console dominating the dashboard. Volvos tend to have an edge of luxury and a premium feel when compared to products from more volume manufactures, and the C30 is no exception.

Power comes from a choice of two engines. The first is a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder unit that produces 143bhp and in the region comes with a six-speed, twin-clutch automatic gearbox that promises quicker and smoother shifts than a regular automatic. It comes only in Premium trim, which includes 17-inch alloys, cruise control and parking sensors, as well as Bluetooth phone connectivity and bi-xenon headlights.

The more powerful engine has five cylinders and a capacity of 2.5-litres, producing 227bhp through a five-speed automatic gearbox. It comes in R-Design trim, which includes 18-inch alloys, a sunroof and keyless entry.

Being a Volvo, the C30 has plenty of safety features, including dual front, side and curtain airbags, ABS and electronic stability control, as well traction control and emergency brake assistance, which can detect an emergency stop and applies the full force of the brakes while keeping the car stable. The 2.5 C30 features a blind-spot information system that alerts drivers to a vehicle positioned to the side, out of sight.

One Response to 2010 Volvo C30 | new car review

  1. Bob Reply

    November 12, 2015 at 9:07 am

    seems like an idea whose time has come.30 miles may not seem like a long-enough range, but would certainly cover most short-distance trips to the store/school/out for a bite. Those short trips, where the motor is cold, are the ones that make the most pouoltiln.

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