2009 Volvo C30
There are 6 user reviews for the T5 R-Design trim shown below
- APPEARANCE, safety & super fun to drive!
- Pricey, but worth every penny
Purchased As Used
I love Volvos in general for the build quality, but when I first saw the C30, oh...it was true love. I have driven a '65 Mustang, '84 Blazer 4x4, '08 Element, '08 C70, none of those cars can match the warm fuzzies I feel for this one. I bought it used with 26k miles on it, a 1 owner car that was very well taken care of. I gave five stars on all but Performance, because the ECU has been programmed for safety first & performance second : (
Luckily, that CAN be changed with a little help (Evolve). It's fast as is, comfortable, safe, roomy enough for my two big dogs & damn it looks good! I have seen a silver one around town (mine is Cosmic White w/Java trim), they're not very common, so I get lots of looks as I fly on by : D...read morehide
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- Handling, Performance, Economy, Style, Safety, Room for Size
- Rear Seat Space, Controls Confusing Sometimes, Price for size
Purchased As New
All I can say is fun fun fun. Anyone who purchases this car will enjoy it
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- Upscale but affordable hatchback that isn't marketed to the "Racer Boy" crowd.
- Would have liked some of the T5 interior choices. Custom Build charge is bogus.
Purchased As New
I wanted a small luxury car. I saw plenty in Europe, but the US market seems to think that luxury means big with large engines. Well, this Volvo is a small luxury car. The hatch allows me to take our dog. No idea why hatchbacks are so reviled in the US as they make a lot of sense to me. Most hatchbacks are sold as "Racer Boy" cars with more emphasis on violating speed laws than being comfortable.
I wanted comfort, economy in operation, some power, and the ability to take the whole family. This meant a hatchback or small wagon. Looked at them all from the Honda Fit to the Mercedes C-Class. Kept coming back to the Volvo.
The car looks great. Not at all the boxy Volvos of the past. The interior is well laid out with a highly integrated control set that works as well as it looks. If you like to upgrade stereos, this isn't your car, but if you like something that looks like it was carefully integrated, the Volvo design works great.
Little touches make this car great. Fuel door unlock is on the dash, not hidden away in a hard to reach location. Cupholders pull out to give a large storage area with a sliding cover. Manual seats are almost as adjustable as high end power seats. The USB connector in the center console allows easy integration of your MP3 files. Heck, just use a USB memory stick. Keyless drive works just as you would want it to. The few options are easily adjusted in the menu system. Integrated Bluetooth is like having a built-in phone as it reads your phone's contacts and more. Climate control can alter the heat and cooling based on which side of the car the sun is shining. Sounds like a little thing, but the result is a comfortable temperature for anyone.
The engine is well done. Unlike the 'twitchy' nature of some small turbo cars, the power comes on quick and remains predictable. 'Normal' driving is comfortable, quiet, and efficient. If you want to play, just rev it up and go. Not as precise as a MINI, but not bad at all. Plenty of fun factor. If you need more, this same motor came from the factory in over 300hp in larger vehicles and there are plenty of sources for go-fast parts. Heck, you can easily get more than 260hp with just a retune of the factory parts.
Ride is good. Comfortable as a long distance or even daily commuter car. Just enough stiffness to keep the run factor.
The Custom Build is a one time charge of $300 to open up a bunch of options. If you want a bunch of stuff, it's no big deal, but if all you want is one item, it can add a lot of $$ to the cost of the option. I'd have rather seen slightly higher option prices than doing it this way. I did end up building a few more options than I might have because of the charge. Even so, I felt the car was worth the money. But given that charge required me to ding the value a bit.
My only real complaint is that when you opt for the higher priced R-Design, you lose a ton of interior options. Your only options are a black and white or all black interior. Don't get me wrong, the two-tone is sharp and VERY comfortable. But I might have opted for a lighter single color. I worry how the creme colored leather will hold up over the years. I also wonder how the creme trim on the floor mats will be to clean after a winter of slushy shoes.
A fun car. 65mph comes in second gear almost as fast as you can get the pedal to the floor. As a European design, it is perfectly happy to go fast and feel as solid as it does sitting still. The performance tires grip well, but cry for a true snow tire when things get cold and wet. I'll be buying a set for next season. I just hope we don't get too many more storms.
Unlike a lot of cars I've looked at in this size, this car is nice and quiet. I can't emphasize how much that makes for a comfortable trip. You can find other cars that feel good sitting in them, but have annoying road or engine noise on the highway.
Can't speak for reliability. See a lot of older Volvos out there....read morehide
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- Exclusive looks, solid feel, very quiet in the cabin.
- With THAT engine, it could have driven a lot faster/louder
Purchased As New
No one believes it's a Volvo, Volvo really went all out with the C30- in every aspect. The car feels excellent, very solid built..makes you feel like you are driving a tank, with excellent handling. When driving on the highway i was impressed at how quiet it is in the cabin. After two weeks driving and testing, my conclusion: this is the sportiest Volvo ever. While some people including myself may have found the Volvo brand a little dull, this car has defenitely been a game changer for me... sportier than any other hatchback and definitely safer. You'll get a kick out of driving it, beats a Mini on the handling with its eyes closed. It's also great with gas, specially since you can pump it with 87 octane gas, instead of premium like any other car that compares with it. It's Swedish engineering at its best. While it has a great engine, with 227hp...the engine is tuned for safety first, hence, its full potential is limited by Volvo to preserve safety. Anyhow, i found it powerfull enough as is. Also, the back seats are actually very comfortable, big window on the rear seats make them ok for long trips. R-Design rims, spoiler, and leather seats are probably what most of my converstaions have been about this last weeks. Everyone comments on them (in a good way)...and over a 14 day period, all 14 days i've caught someone staring at my car...ive seen people speed up on the highway to get a better look of it...that kinda says it all....read morehide
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- Its a Volvo!
- That it wasnt made sooner.
Bottom line..its a Volvo. There is nothing to not like about this vehicle and everything to love! The person who would '..rathe ride a donkey' is clueless when it comes to what Volvo is offering with the C30. Its just a shame that it wasnt available sooner. Cant wait to see what Volvo does next!...read morehide
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- great styling, roomy interior, fun to drive, decent fuel economy
- heting/cooling fans a little loud at times
Great car to drive. Interrior styling is excellent and the seats are the best in the industry. The exterior is a real head-turner. I get asked at least once a week about the car from random people at gas stations, restuarants, etc.
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