With excellent reputations around the world, Volvo hatchback models are likely to make their way to America in the coming years. The Volvo C30 is the two-door hatchback version of the S40 sedan. It has a six-speed manual gearbox, an advanced start-stop function, and a timing belt change. These cars can range in price from around twenty thousand dollars to over six hundred thousand dollars.
C30 is a two-door hatchback version of the S40 sedan
Volvo’s second new model is the C30, a two-door hatchback version of its S40 sedan. It looks more hip than traditional Volvo models, which is a surprise considering it’s a new brand and a part of Ford, which is known for making pickup trucks. However, don’t be fooled by the C30’s hip appearance. Volvo expects a large percentage of C30 buyers to be young couples or singles, which is unlikely to happen in most showrooms.
The C30 shares its underpinnings with the S40 sedan, which means that it rides on the same platform, but is nine inches shorter than the S40. Despite the C30’s shorter wheelbase, the C30 shares the same basic design and driving personality. It uses the same 2.5-liter turbocharged engine as the S40, which makes 227 horsepower. Its dash is distinctive, and the back seat has seating for two passengers.
The interior of the C30 is roomy for four passengers. Its standard cloth upholstery resembles wetsuit material, and the controls are easy to use. However, getting into the back seat is a chore due to the two-door body style. But the back seat is comfortable, and the rear seats fold down to reveal a spacious hatch area. Even though it costs more than $29,000, the C30 is still a good choice for people who don’t want to spend their life in a cramped sedan.
The C30 has an extensive feature list. However, it doesn’t come with all of the options buyers would expect. It comes with cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity, automatic climate control, and an upgraded Dynaudio stereo. It even offers HID headlamps and Xenon headlights. It’s also available with various wheel designs, including a Nordic Light Oak trim.
The C30 is new for 2008. It comes in two trim levels, 2.0 and 1.0. The 2.0 comes standard with 18-inch radials and 17-inch radials. It has a 2.5-liter turbocharged 5-cylinder engine with 227 horsepower. It has a 6-speed manual transmission or a five-speed automatic with manual mode. The C30 was launched in 2008 and sold less than 22,000 cars in the US. However, used C30s can be difficult to find, especially in particular colors or spec.