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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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21 reader reviews for Volvo C30 Hatchback.
  • 1.6D DRIVe SE 3dr

    Gary Dawson , Durham . Date: 03/11/2011
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      54

    My car

    I have owned the C30 for 18 months from new. The gear shift is horrendous, it is extremly difficult to move up & down through the gears, often requiring a double clutch dip to acheive. As a 1.6 it is extremly underpowered around town. It has no punch to pull away from junctions, or even up slight inclines, the power just 'dies' when pulling away. To make use of the 5th gear requires speeds in execces of 40 mph. Once cruising spead is acheived however, there is no problem, it is just getting the car up to speed. On the plus side, the build & trim are very good. This is my 1st volvo & probably my last.

  • 1.6D DRIVe S Start/Stop 3dr

    Marie Hodgson , West Yorkshire . Date: 17/03/2011
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      60

    My car

    Mines white (is that a typical female comment??) , Find this model is a headturner, very responsive but frugle engine, a joy to drive!! Had to have some brickwork removed in garage to allow me to get out of car though! (long door being only a 2 door car). My only gripe is that when I ordered the car I didn't realise that steering wheel mounted audio controls weren't standard (as they now seem to be on similar cars in this class and were on my 3 year old Astra!!) So I am having to live without them!! Have been told I can't have them retro-fitted either..boo hiss!!

  • 1.6D R-Design Sport 3dr

    adam chipchase Date: 31/01/2009
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Had this car for just over a week now so early days but so far so good. Its fun to drive looks brilliant and is built excelentley!! Have found one problem the boot hatch is a little small for getting larger items in and out (i.e. paintings from Ikea) Even though every morning i go out to work it brings a little smile to my face

  • 2.0D R Design SE Sport 3dr

    Gary Hunter , North Lincolnshire . Date: 03/11/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      44

    My car

    I bought the car new in May 2008 and am very happy with it overall. My main complaint is the manufacturers claimed 49+mpg average which is nowhere near the reality. So far on 6000 miles I have managed an average of 44mpg and even when driving as economically as possible this only just creeps over 45mpg. Also other owners tell me to expect a nasty thump in the wallet come servicing time too.

    On the plus side, and there are many, the car looks fabulous (mine is bright red) and is not a common sight on the roads. Reliability and build quality have been first rate with only a minor rattle to return the car for. This was sorted by my excellent dealer on one visit. The car is good to drive but I would have prefered a little more feel and fun on a car which is aimed at this particular market.

    The interior is simply superb in its quality and functionality with very comfortable seats. One can drive for miles and miles and still feel comfortable.

    I was considering an Audi A3 at first, but the C30 offers more exclusivity, better value and a higher specification. One must have option though, is the high performace audio with the ipod connection, it is worth every pound.

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