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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 R-Design Sport 3dr

    max ollerton Date: 28/06/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    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

  • 2.0 SE Lux 3dr

    Jason Colombat Date: 19/05/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    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.

  • 2.0 SE Lux 3dr

    Simon Duffy Date: 10/12/2007
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I've been very pleasantly surprised by this car, I've had it for a month now. I got it after reluctantly trading in an unreliable new BMW after only a few months.

    It's not as good to drive as my 3 series but it's still perfectly nice. The handling and ride are fine, the engine's torquey and reasonably economical, and the brakes are good. It's very solid and nicely finished. The seats are brilliant, and in SE Lux trim, you get just about everything you need. Plus you don't see that many around, so it's not much of a "me too" car.

    Quibbles? Although it looks good, the switches on the centre stack are a bit confusing when you're driving. The headlights aren't brilliant on dipped beam, although full beam is fine. It could do with a 6th gear on the motorway. And the luggage cover is a joke.

    One great thing - buy a new Volvo and you can take it back to the dealer after 3 months for a free check to make sure everything's working properly. Great idea, it's a pity more manufacturers don't offer that.

  • 2.5 T5 R-Design SE Sport 3dr

    John Lee Date: 21/10/2007
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    There doesn't seem to be a perfect car. This is the seventh car I have owned and I have driven many others. I am very happy with it. It looks great and draws looks from most of the people that walk past it outside our front door. Interestingly, women look at this car too, not just men. I really enjoy driving it; the T5 has a very responsive engine, whatever gear it is in, and it holds the road fairly well, with easy suspension over bumps and comfortable ride. The interior design is great; it would have been good to be able to squeeze a third person in the back seat, but all the seats are extremely comfortable. Getting to the back seat is tricky but you get used to it. I tried out the VW Eos Individual and the Audi S3 before settling on this car - it won my heart by a mile and I have stopped looking at car magazines, adverts and other models with envy!

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