Volvo's new C30 coupe will beat rivals from BMW and Audi on price.
Prices will start at £14,750 for the most basic C30, and standard equipment will include climate control, 16-inch alloy wheels, electric windows, CD stereo, a stability programme and six airbags.
Five petrol engines and three diesel motors will form the engine range. Petrol choices will consist of a 99bhp 1.6, a 123bhp 1.8, a 143bhp 2.0, a 168bhp 2.4 and the range-topping 217bhp 2.5 T5. There will be three diesel choices: a 108bhp 1.6, a 134bhp 2.0 and a 178bhp 2.4 D5.
Each engine will be available in a choice of four trim levels – S, SE, SE Sport or SE Lux. SE models will cost £1500 more than the basic S models and add 17-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, front foglights and a trip computer. SE Sport versions add 18-inch alloys and a full body kit, while SE Lux versions get 17-inch alloys, a rear spoiler and leather upholstery. Both SE Sport and SE Lux models cost £1500 more than SE models.
Volvo's pricing is aggressive when compared with rival Audis and BMWs. The entry-level car costs £765 less than the cheapest A3 and £1245 less than the most basic 1 Series. Neither the Audi nor the BMW has air-conditioning or side airbags, either.
Compare the likely best-selling versions, and the difference is even greater. The C30 2.0 D in SE trim will cost £19,295, whereas the similarly equipped Audi A3 2.0TDI SE will cost £1285 more at £20,580. The BMW 120d SE does provide standard parking sensors, but it costs £21,360, over £2000 more. Even the slightly lower-specification ES version costs £940 more than the Volvo.
The C30 is available to order now, and the first cars should arrive in UK showrooms in early 2007.
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