I've had this car for 3 months now from new and done 2,500 mainly motorway miles in it. I'm sorry to say I'm disappointed and am looking to change it.
It's comfortable enough for 2 people but (being 3-door) access to the rear seats is really poor. Whilst the rear hatch looks really nifty the flexible 'luggage cover' is absolutely dreadful. A hard cover is available from Volvo at an extra £250 but the dealership in Cardiff still haven't been able to show me one. The biggest disappointment is the fuel economy. Volvo (and 'What Car?') claim over 60mpg on long runs. Forget it! I've done a number of 400 and 500 mile round trips and even though my right foot is nowhere near 'heavy' the best I've managed is 47.8mpg.
I have tested the Golf, Honda Civic, Renault magaine sports tourer and now the volvo C30 R-design sport and from the time I saw the Volvo I think my mind was made up, it has the looks to turn heads with good performance and exceptional comfort, I can't understand why anyone would compare this in the same leauge as the Golf as I tried the golf and found it dated but got in the C30 and it's a car with comfort and plenty of reatures as standard such as the cruis3e control and dynamic stability control (don't ask me what it does) I had the car for a day and ordered mine when I came back into the dealership, I tested the 1.6 but will be getting the 1.8 purely for the fact that as a motability customer the extra £150 for the bigger engine seems worth it, The feel of the interior is again that of a much more expensive car and the build quality looks like it's built to last, I will do a review again after a year and let you know.
had the car for 7 days and it has proved excellent value for money Being White and similar to the add has attracted a lot of interest from both old and young The only down side is the boot it simply needs to b e more practical for every day living
I was looking for an alternative to the ubiquitous boxes of BMW 1 Series, Audi A3s and Golfs. Although the sector of this market is full of choice, there's very little that actually grabs you. Except the new Volvo C30. My wife and I immediately fell for the sheer look of it. From its big backside with the strange set of light clusters at the back, to the coupe style designed side. This is a very pretty car. The best thing about this model is the nice touches you wouldn't normally find on a car of this size. Heated leather seats, Climate Control, Cruise Control, electric folding mirrors and memory seat for the driver. The floating centre consol is a work of art. Its catnip for blokes. Lots of buttons and toys to play with. Its a lovely car to drive and it's very smooth. You kind of waft to your destination. The seats are really comfy and as I do a lot of motorway driving, this is a huge bonus. The two seats in the back are very comfy too, if a little awkward to get to. Downsides? The boot is a bit small and you can't turn off the lights! Typical Volvo. I normally get bored with cars after a couple of years. Somehow, I think this is going to be a keeper.
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