What Car? says

3 out of 5 stars

For Unusual design; good build quality; efficient diesels

Against Limited practicality; hard to find on used market

Verdict Volvo's C30 is neither a true coupe nor a small family hatchback

Go for… 1.6D SE

Avoid… 2.5 R-Design Sport

Volvo C30 Hatchback
  • 1. The C is supposed to stand for coupe, but from most angle angles it looks distinctly like a hatchback
  • 2. Despite of nine engines being on offer, only a few are worth serious consideration on the used market
  • 3. A comprehensive face-lift at the end of 2009 brought the C30 in line with newer members of the Volvo family
  • 4. Older cars are also susceptible to a stability control system failure, which can be expensive to fix
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