Except for the transmission, it drove very well. Thanks to a mild restyle a couple of years ago, it's kept up to date with a mild frontal restyle bringing new headlamps, reshaped front fenders and hood, and a revised front fascia. We did notice one problem with the audio, which might have been a glitch in our test car: We heard bass pops from the front tweeters. At highway speed, wind rush is noticeable, but not loud enough to be bothersome. Three-door hatchbacks with any sort of performance bent are typically geared toward serious younger enthusiasts and tuner types, but the C30 tends to be something different. Even more than that, you can feel the torque just keep climbing; in the stock T5, it peaks quickly at 1500 rpm and stays there to 5000 rpm; but in the Polestar version, it leaps another 10 percent to 1600 rpm and climbs to its peak at 3000 rpm, and that's what gives you the rush. How is it that a rakishly styled hatchback packing a turbocharged 5-cylinder engine and sporting an all-glass rear hatch failed to ignite the interest of car enthusiasts? In a real-world test drive several model years ago, we saw a real-world 23 mpg during a particularly cold winter road test.
All Polestars were Rebel Blue and featured engines tuned for 23 more horsepower than other C30s. Still, with a stated 0-60 mph time of about six-and-a-half seconds, the C30 has absolutely no problem getting up to speed on the freeway. Torque steer is a factor under hard acceleration. That said, I would much rather spend time behind the wheel of a C30 than sit though Dune again. Most options are grouped into packages that are available for either model. Every C30 includes all expected and required safety equipment, including traction control, anti-lock brakes, tire-pressure monitoring system, front-side and curtain-side airbags, and an anti-skid system. The C30 occasionally scrambles side to side under hard acceleration at low speeds on bumpy or uneven pavement, and it plows hard when pushed into corners.
The upgrade is a 650-watt unit with 10 Dynaudio speakers and Sirius satellite radio with a six-month subscription. If you find any, call it into pricing negotiations. Once inside, they sit back and into the seats. If you want more power, the Polestar option provides it. With solid-looking reliability and virtually no serious problems reported, this one looks like a confident buy. Exhaust and intake systems are typically safe, but nitrous, engine internals or modified turbo systems or increased boost levels can cause headaches. We found the C30 fun to drive, with good steering feel.
Map pockets are located in the doors. This new small car borrows much from the , produced from 1972 to 1973, down to the shape of the back glass. The Volvo C30 was one of the most stylish small cars on the market when it was first introduced many years ago, and it remains that way today—a sign that it's aging well. Still, the C30 was a perfectly likable little car, and probably should have caught on with Volvo fans looking for a second or third car, but that never happened. It has a manual shiftgate for more driver control, but the C30 lacks the steering wheel-mounted paddles found in some of its competitors. We tested a Polestar C30 R-Design, and the increase in acceleration is significant at the seat of your pants.
Plastic tubes drain water away from the sunroof assembly and down through the body of the car to the ground beneath, though these tubes can become plugged, back up, and allow water to find its way into the cabin. Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-550-5658 -. The bucket seats are firm and nicely bolstered, yet remain comfortable. Even in manual gear selection mode, we found the transmission sluggish, taking too much time to perform the up- or down-shift we selected. The same goes for Sirius where, instead of choosing music categories, you have to keep on turning the tuning dial until you reach your desired station.
The steering wheel is satisfyingly thick, and has audio and cruise controls mounted on its spokes. There is no excess of space with the rear seats up. With the standard 6-speed manual transmission, the C30 is capable of sprinting from 0-60 mph in just 6. The manual transmission shifts easily and smoothly. And the modern and sophisticated themes are kept up inside with clean, simple aluminum trim inlays with a honeycomb pattern. And the same is true here.
In real-world driving, this means the car's power is available when you need it and is more than enough to quickly move this front-wheel-drive hatchback. The stereo is phenomenal, although the interface could use some work. Its styling is superb, with a softly curved front end and a belt line that stretches back across haunch-like rear fenders. All C30 T5 and T5 R-Design models are equipped with a turbocharged 227-horsepower 2. The 2012 Volvo C30 is offered in two models, the C30 T5 and the more upscale C30 T5 R-Design, which comes with leather upholstery. Driving It The 2012 Volvo C30 is quick, but not blazing-fast.
We heard it most while playing a White Stripes disc, so you might want to bring similar music along to the showroom. Numbers with the extra-cost automatic are 21 city and 30 highway. That its turbocharger produces little to no lag is another plus. Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. But, with the car's turbo-charged five cylinder engine, torque steer was an issue under hard acceleration. Three-tenths of a second doesn't sound like much, but we really felt it, testing both versions back to back. It was also a box-office dud.
The Test Drive This one looks solid from a reliability standpoint, though given relatively low sales volumes and fairly quiet owner forums online, shoppers are advised to start a conversation with a private seller about having the model brought to a Volvo dealer for a pre-purchase inspection before agreeing to purchase, if the model in question is short-listed for consideration. Safety features include the mandated dual front airbags, plus side-curtain airbags for head protection, and side-impact airbags for torso protection. Thankfully, the C30's differences add up instead of detract, making it a stylish, fun-to-drive car that truly stands out. The front seats have plenty of head room and good leg room, though very tall drivers might wish for more seat travel. Equipped with the optional Bluetooth and navigation, the C30 becomes a very techie car.
In regular form, the front-wheel-drive C30 offers a more comfortable experience, while R-Design models have a suspension that's a bit tighter for better cornering. Volvo recommends regular-grade gas for all C30 models. The C30 comes in two basic models, T5 and T5 R-Design. However, if you get the Bluetooth hands-free cell phone option, you can use the keypad to dial phone numbers. Steering is more precise with stiffer bushings and a 10 percent quicker steering ratio. Volvo's trademark floating center stack is the central design element. We really like the way different instruments seem to come from all around, with exceptional clarity and a seamless transition in emphasis around the cabin.