Volvo C30

12 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Volvo C30

Bill McKinnon

Make Model C30 Price Recommended $34,450. Series 2.4 D5 GEARTRONIC,2.4 LE GEARTRONIC,2.4 S,2.4 S GEARTRONIC Year 2007 Body hatchback Brakes Discs ABS and traction control. Country Of Sweden. Emissions CO2 emissions green vehicle guide three stars out of five. 125kW at 6000RPM (above

Safety Rating Five out of five (…); four out of five (child; Euro Torque 0-100kmh in 9.0 seconds Warranty Three years/unlimited (above average).

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A Volvo but not as we know it

Volvo has struggled to give buyers of cars a reason to walk one of its dealerships. Its contenders have under-engineered, overpriced or simply not the trouble – and sometimes all

In 2007, though, Volvo has a of compact A-graders – the S40 V50 wagon and C30 hatch – have emerged from the gene pool as parent Ford’s Focus and the Mazda3.

The S40 and V50 are to appeal to Volvo’s core – parents – but the C30 is chasing an entirely different Someone who might, in a moment of believe that owning a could possibly be cool.

The end of the C30 is as per the S40/V50 – as are its front-wheel-drive suspension and dash layout but the back end is another trip

Those wild and crazy have broken free their 100 per cent functionality to embrace form for form’s Tentatively, anyway. This is not as we know it.

The C30 range opens the $34,450 S, which arrives month, powered by a 125kW five-cylinder petrol engine, with a five-speed manual or, for an $1500, a five-speed automatic. The drivetrain is available now in the LE, with fruit, and costs $38,450 and

A 132kW 2.4-litre five-cylinder D5 is due in January, at $42,450 with a manual or $43,950 with a auto. The performance variant, the T5, is now and costs the same as the D5 (and has the transmission choices) but uses a five-cylinder turbocharged petrol

These prices, particularly for the model S tested here, are on the ambitious side when with some other notably its Mazda and Ford However, against pricier such as Alfa’s 147, A3, the Mini Cooper or BMW’s 1 the C30 is better value.

For a mid-$30,000 the standard equipment list is It includes 16-inch alloy automatic air, six airbags, control, cruise control, upholstery, manually adjustable seat and a single CD player MP3 player input jack. LE include leather, a power driver’s seat, rain-sensing and upgraded sound.

Stability control costs an $2190 on both models. part of a too-long options that also requires you to an extra $795 on an in-dash CD player (in the LE and T5; you’re stuck the single CD in the S and D5), $1350 for paint and $550 for rear sensors.

As a $35,000-$40,000 drive, the C30 is more convincing. Its 2.4-litre engine’s 125kW of power at and 230Nm of torque at 4400rpm are to deliver strong performance, that the C30 weighs in at a reasonably 1331kg.

It pulls more than most 2.0- to four-cylinder petrol engines the bottom end and mid-range and is a pleasure to use in driving conditions because also refined and flexible in again to a greater extent four-cylinder rivals. Outright top end is not quite enthusiastic enough to frequent visits.

We tested the 2.4 the light, precise five-speed It would also work with the five-speed automatic. it’s surprisingly thirsty in That extra cylinder

In previous tests of the S40 and V50, commented that they are the handling cars the company has for many years. It’s a impressive story again in the with the tight, solid body complemented by a significant saving – at least at base model level a much shorter rear and suspension that’s been a slight sports tweak, also enhances steering

The C30 has lovely balance, is exceptionally and lots of fun to drive. Once you get the 1950s-sized steering wheel, the itself is sharp, well-weighted and of kickback.

The suspension is tuned finesse, both in the way it controls movement and in the C30’s firm yet comfortable ride quality on all Adequate for shopping trolley the 205/55 Pirelli P7 tyres are not the in the maker’s catalogue. The car’s are good enough to find the limits early in the piece.

You immediately identify the clean, dash design and high materials, fit and finish as Scandinavian, if you didn’t know you were in a Volvo. The thin, floating console gives it away. It clearly marked, easy-to-use sets for air and audio; extra is available behind it, in addition to a covered bin between the front and handy net pockets on the front of the cushions.

Audio and cruise are also provided on the wheel.

You sit on than in the base model seat but its firm padding good comfort and support on a journey. What’s not comfortable, is the upper end of the seatbelt sash, rubs against the base of neck; very irritating if wearing a collarless shirt. The anchorage height is non-adjustable, so if it you there is little you can do.

Tall drivers will use all the travel, the footwell is crowded and no left foot rest.

is slightly restricted to the rear by the seat head restraints and inefficiencies mean that the window itself quickly dirty and/or wet.

seat access is most on the passenger’s side, via an easy front seat. The comfortable is shaped for two (and there are two only) with a supportive headroom to 185cm and sufficient for most adults, except a tall front seat uses all the travel. Small bins and front seatback are provided but the windows do not open.

Two restraint anchors are on the back of the

The cute little glass opens to a wide load with a high lip over you have to lift things. A lightweight plastic load is a pain in the backside to use. is restricted with all seats in use but the is easily extendable to an almost 1.5 metres.

A space-saver spare is

As a drive, the base C30’s dynamics, refinement and ride are at the odds end of the Melbourne Cup-sized field.

As value for money, though, a mixed result. The C30 makes a case against the Mini BMW’s 1 Series, the Audi A3 and 147, but line it up with Golf GT, Ford’s Focus, Astra, the Citroen C4 and more hatchbacks in the $25,000-$35,000 price and it’s less attractive. A few lollies in the standard equipment jar help its cause in this

However, on the road it is sweet

Price and equipment

Rating: 2.0 out of 5

The C30 range opens with the S. The standard equipment list is for a mid $30,000 hatch. It includes 16 alloy wheels, automatic six airbags, traction control, control, cloth upholstery, adjustable driver’s seat and a cd player with iPod jack.

Stability control an extra $2190. It’s of a too long options list.

the bonnet

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

The model’s 2.4 litre five engine’s 125kW of power at and 230Nm of torque at 4400rpm are to deliver strong performance, that the C30 weighs in at a reasonably 1300kg or so.

It pulls much easily than most litre four cylinder engines, but that extra makes it thirstier in town most fours. The five manual is light and precise.

How it drives

Rating: 4.0 out of 5 stars

The C30 has balance, is exceptionally communicative and of fun to drive. Once you get over the sized steering wheel, the itself is sharp, well and free of kickback.

The suspension is with finesse, both in the way it body movement and in the C30’s yet compliant, comfortable ride on all surfaces.

Comfort and practicality

2.5 out of 5 stars

You would immediately the clean, accessible dash as Scandinavian, even if you didn’t you were sitting in a Volvo.

You sit on than in the base model seat, but its firm padding good comfort and support on a journey. The back seat has legroom for most adults, when a tall front occupant uses all the travel.

The little glass tailgate to a wide load floor a high lip over which you to lift things.


5.0 out of 5 stars

The C30 also scored stars out of five for child in Euro NCAP tests.

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