Volvo C30 Drive Review | Cars | CNET UK

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The Volvo C30 is a car. That’s not because a dirty, oil-burning diesel, but it’s the car driven by wimpy vampire Edward Cullen in the Twilight movie. It does some redeeming features, The Drive model promises a respectable 74.3mpg and CO2 emissions of 99g/km, which means exempt from road tax and the congestion charge.

It’s now for £17,995.

Box clever

The C30 Drive adhere to the typical boxy-but-not-unattractive Volvo aesthetic. Volvo’s that it’s a coupé is ambitious, but it’s a relatively three-door hatchback with a keen-looking front end that with its deep-set, slightly rear hatch. It’s by no the most attractive small car we’ve seen, but we’ll cut the C30 some slack — on the it’s a decent-looking motor stands out from the crowd.

Think green

The C30 comes a choice of several engines, the eco-friendly of which is the 1.6-litre, Drive model. The Drive is tuned to deliver good economy and low emissions at the expense of It’s helped to do so by a start-stop that switches the engine save fuel when the car is at a standstill, and it back on again when the is lifted.

The C30 Drive also from a series of eco-focused to its bodywork. The Drive model’s is 10mm lower than of ordinary C30s, and it has a smoother which helps it to cut through the air greater ease. The car also has a front grille, aerodynamically wheels that reduce low-rolling-resistance tyres, and wind that channel air more around the front of the car.

Together, the tweaks give the C30 fuel economy of 74.3mpg and CO2 of 99g/km. That’s as good as it for a car of this size.

It’s remembering, however, that the C30 as green as its low CO2 figures imply. Its emissions may be low, but its use of a diesel means it emits a range of NOx and SOx fumes into the atmosphere. fumes are linked to respiratory and environmental damage.

Driving Ms

The C30 Drive may be a favourite of undead Edward Cullen, but it’s far tedious to drive. Rather, it spirited and dynamic, pulling eagerly in a straight line. It well around corners,

The car is closely related to the Ford and it shows. It’s agile, when changing direction, and hard, despite its use of low-rolling-resistance

We have a couple of gripes, Firstly, cornering enthusiastically can your knee to bash the unnecessarily sharp faux-metal on the centre console — and hurts. Also, driving the C30 is like playing a computer — the driver is given little feedback through the wheel, so it can occasionally be difficult to when and where the tyres break traction on slippery

Thankfully, because the car grips so losing traction is something you often worry about.

Safe as Volvos

Should you control in your C30 Drive, relatively little need to as the car has a host of safety features, an electronic-stability-program (ESP) system. system reduces the chances of control of the car on sharp bends, surfaces or during emergency

Sensors in the ESP system monitor the of the car for indications of a loss of control. If one or wheels locks up or spins than the others, the system you’re in a tizz and applies the to individual wheels, as well as the engine power if necessary, to the car back into line.

The C30 some of the advanced safety seen on luxury Volvo such as lane-departure warning and detection, but, being a it’s built like a outhouse. It achieved the full rating in the Euro NCAP tests and provides excellent for its occupants. Sadly, the same be said for those in its firing — the car affords pedestrians marginal head and pelvis in the event of an accident.

No-nonsense navigation

The C30 Drive’s system is one we’re very with. It crops up in almost other Volvo model and in all Aston Martin cars. by no means the most accomplished we’ve tested — it some of the features of high-end GPS systems, such as live traffic info and an Internet-based library — but it’s a system that’ll get you from A to B aplomb.

That’s in large part to a full seven-digit postcode-entry and a fairly logical user

The C30 Drive’s stereo system is average. Our test car came the standard ‘premium sound’ which consists of an RDS radio, an MP3 and CD player, auxiliary and USB audio in the centre arm rest, and 12 separate It’ll help you pass the but it won’t win any awards for sound volume or features.


The C30 Drive is a very good hatchback. It’s great to offers good protection for its and doesn’t use a great deal of Its styling won’t be to everyone’s but, on the whole, there’s little to dislike.

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