Volvo has worked hard the past couple years to shed their image of being boring, beige and boxy. The stubby little C30 hatchback was a good argument against that image with its aggressive styling and powerful turbocharged engine. All C30s come standard with a 227 horsepower Inline-5 powering the front wheels through a 6-speed manual transmission or an optional 5-speed Geartronic automatic. Available in regular and sport-tuned R-Design models the C30 can be had in Premier, Premier Plus and Platinum trim levels offering upgrades like navigation and a premium 10-speaker 650-watt stereo as you tick the option boxes. To spice things up from the rest of the range The C30's prominent aesthetic feature is an all-glass tailgate running from roof to bumper for excellent rearward visibility. One aspect of their reputation Volvo has never tried to shy away from is their benchmark safety standards and the C30 is no exception. Standard dual-stage front airbags, side impact airbags, whiplash protection system, inflatable curtain airbags and every acronym in traction management earned an IIHS Top Safety Pick for the Swedish manufacturer's smallest car. Unfortunately safety, style and performance weren't enough to keep Volvo from making 2012 the C30's last year in the U.S. See more... See Less

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Reviews and Ratings
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Pros Cons
Rear end styling - what first attracted me to the vehicle Very low mpg, less than 18 combined, less than 15 city
When shifting gears / speeds, very smooth for a stick - shift The fabric of the seats seems to have a slight odor
Passing power at high speeds - very quick & accelerates well Rear arm rest doesnt move & it should to give extra room
Handling-car handles well in weather and turning The doors are very large and heavy
Front end appearance - just great looking vehicle Very hard on bumps - you really feel them
The design of the steering wheel for comfort when driving Manual movement of front seats from top is difficult
Safety - this was important in purchase Power passenger seats: manual adjustment is easier and quicker
Love the quick pick-up & normal transmission Back hatch opening is to small, needs to be same width as back of car
Over-all high quality of vehicle, pleasure to drive Traction control cannot be disengaged
Safety features - so many air bags for safety and visibity is great The glove box needs to be bigger