Volvo C30 | Auto Express

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Cars that out are few and far between, but the C30 succeeds in being an compact hatchback.The 136bhp diesel engine has plenty of good economy and decent Although the rather limited spaceis disappointing, and the near-£20,000 is far from cheap, this is a desirable and classy machine.

The is over – Volvo’s new C30 has arrived in the UK. at buyers of the VW Golf, Audi A3 and BMW the eagerly anticipated hatchback is one of the firm’s most important ever.

We were very impressed we tested the model in range-topping D5 and T5 turbocharged petrol form. But the seller is likely to be the 136bhp diesel. So how does it shape up?

its unique looks, the C30 is hoping to young drivers to the brand – as as appealing to existing Volvo Drawing on the handsome SCC – Safety Car – from the 2001 Detroit Show, the C30 is a good-looking machine, at the back with its horseshoe-shaped and distinctive glass tailgate.

Inside, the dashboard and floating console are borrowed from the Because of the tapering cockpit, and the broad shoulder line, has had to rethink passenger space in the Instead of a bench, there are two chairs – the firm argues most buyers won’t children.

And while there’s a surprising of room, the three-door bodystyle that access to the back is

Practicality is also disappointing. At 233 litres, boot space is You’ll be able to get a week’s of shopping inside, but that’s it.

However, the rear seats flat and the glass tailgate is to open.

Thin pillars let of light into the cabin and the all-round visibility is immediately Adjustable and supportive seats finding a comfortable driving easy.

Turn the key and the Ford-sourced 2.0-litre turbodiesel – the same as used in the Focus – settles to a idle. Refinement is good, engine noise well under acceleration and at motorway

Performance is another strong The C30 hits 60mph in less nine seconds and offers economy of 49.6mpg. The handling firmer than the Focus, which the Volvo shares its but even on bumpy UK roads the is still comfortable and the pay-off is agility.

The steering is well weighted and if lacking the sharpness of the Ford.

The fly in the ointment is the price – our SE model a little over £19,000, is a lot for a small car with four and a tiny boot. But with looks and strong residual likely, the C30 is sure to find prepared to pay to be different.

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