2013 Volvo C30 review

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2013 Volvo C30

Oh, Volvo C30. how we knew ye.

It#39;s not often the Leftlane reviewing team to spend time behind the of a car that has been already put out to but that was just the case our recent jaunt in a 2013 C30 R-Design.

This sprightly three-door was one of the last C30s to off the assembly line late year, and that#39;s usually a for an automaker to sweep the discontinued under the rug and move on. But not Volvo, saw the C30#39;s departure as an opportunity for a song model with a style – and some performance – of its own.

much of its architecture (and its with the under-appreciated Volvo S40 and the C30 was envisioned in late 2006 as a successor to the nifty P1800 seen 40 years prior. Volvo didn#39;t have the at the time for a new interior or front so it raided the S40/V50 parts A few years later, a styling gave the C30 the dynamic look it but sales never took

What was to blame? The hefty sticker – building volumes of premium vehicles in a with high costs in this case) is bound to up prices.

Two C30s are on offer, the base model and the sporty Our tester came from the camp, which means it had a unique R-Design body some interior touches and a suspension.

Our test C30 was further up with an individually-numbered R Design Edition package with black alloy wheels, Blue paint and an engine package by Volvo racing Polestar. The extra 23 horsepower (to and 273 lb-ft. of torque (up 37 lb-ft.) a long way. Normally, Polestar power upgrade $1,295, but the Limited Edition costs a more reasonable

This C30 was further topped up the feature-heavy Platinum Package navigation, premium audio, seats, a moonroof and HIDs LED running lamps) plus a weather package.

What#39;s it up

The Volkswagen GTI is the C30#39;s most rival, but you could also toss it up against the Ford ST. the Mazda Mazdaspeed3 and the Subaru An oddly-balanced comparison for sure.

What#39;s it look like?

from the P1800 with its rear tail lamps and big hatchback, the C30 cuts a decidedly profile.

We like its elongated window and squat roof and we aren#39;t opposed to the more front fascia it gained for The R-Design package#39;s color-matched has a tacked-on look thanks to the unique plastic fender but we generally think it is well At the rear, we#39;re especially big of the R-Design-specific dual tailpipes.

One we universally disagreed with is the selection. While Volvo is pretty creative with designs, black painting like too much of a passing fad for the chic style we expect Volvo.

And on the inside?

The C30#39;s floating center stack one of our favorite design cues. Not does it look pretty cool to have such a panel for all of the audio and climate the design frees up additional space and imparts an airy to the cabin.

The button-heavy switchgear on the center looks a bit dated compared to arrays on many rivals, but the controls are generally logically Redundant steering controls on the diameter three-spoke sport wheel helped out.

behind the right spoke is a nub and two buttons to control the optional system unit that, on the of a button, rises to the occasion at the top of the This integration feels a bit compared to newer units, but it have the ergonomic advantage of the navigation display up high for visibility.

The navigation#39;s graphics are dated, though we found very easy with the wheel controls. A wireless is also included for passenger use again, a throwback to the early era of

Comfort, however, is timeless, and the C30 not disappoint. The two-tone seats in our didn#39;t prove well-bolstered for aggressive driving, but they perfectly padded for a long and both front thrones power-adjustable, a rarity in this Both front seats their previous position they#39;re folded forward to passengers to climb rearward.

At the back, a fiddly (yet stylish) cargo cover good room for a pair of on-size suitcases.

Befitting the premium heritage, its materials all price-appropriate. Soft touch cover nearly every and even the neoprene-like material on the seat panels (the portion; the light sections are felt bucks up. Only a fake key in the ignition (our had a proximity key that can be kept in a but the fake key must be turned to the engine) stood out.

But it go?

Under its bright blue our C30#39;s 2.5-liter inline engine had its computer remapped to the 250 horsepower and 273 lb-ft. of torque. In the C30 feels much spunkier that already reasonably power output might

The standard six-speed manual a light clutch and positive engagement (admittedly, our test car had 300 miles on it when it was delivered to Though it doesn#39;t like to be in the same way the VW GTI#39;s stick the C30#39;s gearbox was a joy to row.

Power builds progressively little of the lag that afflicts engines. At high speeds, rarely requires a downshift the available torque peaks at 1,500 rpm. Making the of the experience is a subtle but refined from under the hood, a growl that#39;s mildly

The zippy engine is a good for the C30#39;s taut, composed Though well short of as tossable as the GTI in aggressive driving, the C30 with little body and, unless pushed it generally imparts a composed, feel. If anything, it feels a too grown up when the road really twisty.

Similarly, the steering delivers predictable but not a tremendous amount of feel. with the gigantic steering the C30 feels more buttoned sedan than hot hatch, a confirmed by its firm but thoroughly suspension tuning. In short, the C30 like a sporty car tuned for

But that actually suits its particularly well. In town, its proportions and torquey engine it a hoot to push around, yet it proved exceedingly comfortable a several hour highway These are accolades we don#39;t on must hot hatches.

Making matters even was its fuel economy, which exceeded the 21/29 mpg EPA rating. We saw 26 mpg in cruising and 33 mpg on the highway.

Though it was a volume seller, the C30 will be a Volvo worth appreciating. most of the remaining C30s probably been accounted for by now only make them appealing on the used market.

And where they make the sense given a sky-high of admission that, unfortunately, plenty of would-be buyers out of

2013 Volvo C30 R-Design price, $27,850. As tested,

R-Design Limited Edition, Platinum Package, $5,000; Package, $800; Destination,

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