2009 Volvo C30 Review


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Based on 6 reviews

It Makes People Go "awwww" Other Than "ewwww". by Andrew
 — For its engine size appeal this car is generally quick. You feel tight and solid sitting in it and the simplicity of Swedish, nothing as complicated as the box from Germany. Many features hidden and y... Read More
It Is By Far, One Of The Best Cars Volvo Ever Built. Not One Problems, Except Tires In 24,000mi. by volvoc30
 — By far the best car I have ever owned. There is nothing negative for me to report except the factory tires got wore out at 24,000 miles.The six speed manual is excellent and I get an average of32 t... Read More
My09 by Austin
 — It peppy, solid with heavy build and solid doors for excellent side-impact safety. Gas mileage is good and it could be cheaper but you get what you pay for. Its fun to drive and the 5-speed on the 2.4... Read More

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2009 Volvo C30

If you find yourself driving behind a Volvo C30, you might get an obscure flashback to Roger Moore in “The Saint.” Don’t worry, it’s not a bad flashback to the ’60s - it’s because Volvo used its old P1800 model as an inspiration for the new C30. The unique all-glass rear hatch design is a bold choice that lets the C30 stand out on the streets. This is Volvo’s lowest priced vehicle, starting at $22,950, and it represents the company’s move to capture the younger urban market, which is not as affluent as their current customer base.

The C30 is powered by the Volvo T5, an inline five-cylinder turbocharged engine, which achieves 227 hp. The two transmission options are a five-speed automatic and a six-speed manual, both of which are front-wheel drive. For mileage, the automatic is rated at 19/27 mpg and the manual rates 19/28 mpg (city/highway).

The rear section of the C30 is very distinct, presenting two foldable bucket seats instead of a traditional bench seat for three, as is common in most hatchbacks. To get the C30's price down to where it is, Volvo stripped it to its essentials, and luxuries and accessories will cost extra. For example, cruise control will cost you $185. Reviews have shown that the C30 reveals itself as the most fun vehicle to drive in the entire Volvo fleet, and despite its simplicity, delivers an exciting and enjoyable ride.

For safety, the C30 doesn’t skimp. The structure and chassis itself are built low and designed to protect the passenger during a collision. Standard are antilock brakes, electronic stability control, and features that reduce the impact of whiplash from a rear collision. The front has dual airbags, and both front and rear passengers are protected by head and torso side curtain bags.


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