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Volvo C30

T5 M R-Design

August 4,

By Frank S. Washington

DETROIT – The C30 T5 M R-Design represents a not so characteristic by the conservative Swedish automaker.

The hatchback was small, sporty and But not being able to completely from its legendary pragmatism, ’s C30 could carry four comfortably, even though the car like it would have getting anything bigger a couple of bags of groceries in the seat.

A sort of back to front of the nameplate begins with Volvo needs new 2013 C30 T5 M R-Design

products. What the automaker relevant in today’s is that its current lineup is good.

Still, to buy some and to keep itself in a competitive Volvo is relying more on the Swedish racing shop has been tuning Volvos 1996 to add new and zestier products to its

R-Design Volvos have tuned by Polestar. In the case of the that means the 2.5-liter cylinder 227 horsepower engine has bumped up to 250 horsepower. What calls “Rebel Blue is a love it or hate it hue but it gets as attention as a red Ferrari.

And the black alloy wheels the car a race track raw look.

It is than appearance. The C30 weighed 3,200 lbs. and it had a six-speed transmission. The car was quick; with the manual gearbox torque in the of power was on demand from any and during long shifts up the ratio, the front-wheel-drive hatchback easily get up to 100 mph with oomph to

But the R-Design was more than the engine enhancement by Polestar. The car had alloy wheels, rather the normal tread which is one smaller. The sport chassis was of firm but the strut and multilink system was sophisticatedly tuned in the ride was not harsh.

The R-Design kit included front and rear an R-Design grille with silver surround and polished exhaust tips.

Inside, the C30 was just as distinctive as its paint job on the outside. The seats French-stitched two-toned black and leather with R-Design on them. The pedals were with aluminum and the flat-bottomed wheel had the R-Design logo in the

Like all Volvos, the C30 featured the automaker’s floating center an innovation it never gets credit for. The only questionable about the C30 was the navigation or more precisely the navigation

The screen folded flat on top of the That was understandable, there was no place else to incorporate a screen in the C30 because of a lack of But there was a remote to operate it.

Just the concept of trying to the navigation system, whatever it do while the car was in motion, with a control was daunting. It would be texting while driving. For the notion was certainly a departure for a that has assiduously cultivated its for safety.

To make the navigation inoperable while the car was moving be a fix to consider. Operating elements of the navigation while the vehicle was in is not the smart thing to do. Still, else about Volvo’s from the traditional with two-door hatchback was a good

The navigation system was part of the “Platinum” option package included satellite radio, a sound system, moonroof, passenger seat and adaptive headlights.

A base model C30 T5 R-Design is priced at $27,850. Add on the and the test car had a sticker of $35,545.

S. Washington is editor of .

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