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By Cars.com Staff
July 7, 2009
Vehicle Overview Volvo took a play out of Mercedes-Benz's book with the entry-level C30 hatchback, which is based on Volvo's compact S40 sedan. It competes with other small, premium cars such as the Volkswagen GTI and Mini Cooper S.
The C30 has two trims: the T5 base model and a top-of-the-line T5 R-Design.
New for 2010 The C30 now provides Bluetooth hands-free connectivity in both trims, as well as a trip computer. Also, the custom-build option for the R-Design models has been discontinued.
Exterior The two-door C30 has a large glass hatch in back. Volvo says it lends an open feel to the interior; bystanders can see the center dashboard controls from behind.
The R-Design trim has a different grille and a matte finish on the side mirrors.
Fog lamps available in option package
Interior Volvo says four adults can fit inside the C30. Rear bucket seats are positioned slightly inward of the front seats, allowing more forward visibility from the backseat. In the front, the dashboard looks much like the S40's, with an ultra-thin center panel incorporating climate and audio controls.
Standard dual-zone automatic climate control and a CD-audio system with an MP3 jack
Upgraded audio system optional
Standard trip computer; optional navigation system with real-time traffic data
Cloth seating standard on T5, leather seating available
R-Design model has distinct leather trim with embossed R-5 logos
Rear seat folds forward
Preferred Package includes power front seats, bi-xenon headlights, and keyless start
Under the Hood The C30 is powered by a turbocharged, 2.5-liter inline-five-cylinder engine in both trim levels.
227 horsepower and 236 pounds-feet of torque
Six-speed manual standard
Five-speed automatic transmission optional
Safety Safety features include:
Standard four-wheel-disc antilock brakes
Standard side-impact and side curtain airbags
Standard traction control
Standard electronic stability system
Optional blind spot warning system
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