2012 Volvo C30 – Kelley Blue Book

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2012 Volvo C30

Blurring the lines between station wagon and hatchback. the 2012 Volvo C30 is a compact, premium 3-door vehicle that looks unlike almost anything else on the road. The C30 also straddles the line of an upscale compact carryall, as it’s pricier than a Mini Cooper but cheaper than an Audi A3. Even its engine is a breed apart, being a turbocharged 5-cylinder that aims for #8211; and achieves #8211; fuel economy almost as good as a 4-cylinder and power levels approaching those of a V6.

With only four seats instead of the usual five, the C30 continues to define its niche role. Thankfully, the C30’s differences add up instead of detract, making it a stylish, fun-to-drive car that truly stands out.

If you need to carry more than four people and their cargo, look to an Audi A3, Volkswagen GTI. Mazda3 5-door, or Honda Fit as alternative carry-all cuties.

For 2012, Volvo has expanded the trim levels of the C30, adding Premier Plus and Platinum to both regular and sportier R-Design variants of the car. The trim levels are bundled with extra features and options, such as navigation, a premium sound system and a moonroof. The R-Design does not increase horsepower, but instead differentiates itself with a sport-tuned chassis and unique design elements (a Polestar performance package is an option for buyers who want extra power).

2012 also brings audio streaming to the C30’s standard Bluetooth interface.

Driving Impressions The 2012 Volvo C30 is quick, but not blazing-fast. Still, with a stated 0-60 mph time of about six-and-a-half seconds, the C30 has absolutely no problem getting up to speed.

on the freeway. What the C30 really has going for it is a solid, planted, and ultimately safe feel that belies its small size. In regular form, the front-wheel-drive C30 offers a more comfortable experience, while R-Design models have a suspension that’s a bit tighter for better cornering. Both models have an appreciably quiet cabin. The seating position is comfortable, but the seatbelts can have the tendency to creep up.

Sightlines, meanwhile, are among the best we’ve encountered.

Under the Hood

Volvo C30s are powered by a turbocharged 5-cylinder engine that make 227 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque across a wide rpm range.

In real-world driving, this means the car’s power is available when you need it and is more than enough to quickly move this front-wheel-drive hatchback. The standard transmission is a good-feeling 6-speed manual, while a smooth-shifting 5-speed automatic is optional. Unlike many cars with turbocharged engines, this one can run on regular gasoline.

For drivers who want more power, the $1,295 Polestar Performance Package retunes the engine to make it good for 250 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. Volvo says the performance upgrade will not affect fuel economy, emissions, or the car’s warranty. Like other Volvos, the C30 is rated to tow a surprising amount of weight #8211; in this case up to 2,000 pounds.

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