The C30 undercuts mainstream models such as the Ford Focus on price. Fuel bills are reasonable unless you choose the T5 flagship. The DRIVe model, however, is amazingly frugal when paired with Volvo's engine stop-start system. Resale values are pretty strong, too.
Volvo C30 Hatchback quality & reliability
The C30 may be Volvo's smallest car, but that doesn't mean it has skimped on the interior fittings. Dense, soft-touch plastics cover the upper dashboard, the switchgear operates with precision and it generally feels built to last. Volvo also has a good reliability record, and the C30 was awarded the maximum reliability score in the 2012 JD Power survey.
Volvo C30 Hatchback safety & security
Volvo is famed for safety, and the C30 is said to perform just as well as the larger S40 in a rear-end shunt, despite having a significantly shorter rear overhang. Every model has stability control, six airbags and active anti-whiplash front head restraints, while deadlocks, an integrated stereo and a visible VIN number all help to deter thieves.