Volvo C30 Review (2007)

Volvo C30
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Volvo C30 Review

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The rear seats also have a split and fold function, which increases the load capacity from 364- to 1,010-litres and, as the tailgate is mainly glass, an unusual, flexible cover is provided, so boot contents can be hidden.

The rear seats also have a split and fold function, which increases the load capacity from 364- to 1,010-litres and, as the tailgate is mainly glass, an unusual, flexible cover is provided, so boot contents can be hidden.

Appearances can be deceptive and although the car is quite wide, the large rear light clusters, which extend around the chamfered lower edge of the tailgate, take up a fair proportion of the area. This makes the load aperture look narrow but is, in fact, wide enough to accommodate a buggy or wheeled shopping basket.

In the front of the cabin, both driver and passenger have height and lumbar adjustment to their seats and to make the driver more comfortable, a rake and reach-adjustable steering column is a standard feature.

The fascia is quite plain in a way that only the Scandinavians can get away with, while the centre console is the slimline, ‘floating’ panel as found in the S40 and other Volvo models. It adds to the simple, uncluttered feel of the car and comes in various finishes. The base model has a Dark Bauxite panel while the others can be specified with an iPod inspired white or aluminium, with or without a surf pattern.

There are four trim levels to choose from; S, SE, SE Sport and SE Lux with prices ranging from £14,750 to £23,795, on the road. The C30 S isn’t lacking in specification with a standard list that includes Electronic Climate Control (ECC) with an Air Quality System (AQS) and a pollen filter, steering wheel-mounted audio controls for the CD/radio and power-adjustable, heated door mirrors.

The £19,295, test car was the next level up - the SE, which adds cruise control, front fogs, 17-inch alloys in place of the S’s 16-inch, auto-dimming rearview mirror and rain-sensing wipers.

All C30s come with the same audio system but it is possible to upgrade. Starting simply, an auxiliary socket for an MP3 player adds £150, a High Performance Sound audio system with 6-CD and 8 speakers is £400 and, at the top of the range, there’s the Dynaudio Premium sound system costing £1,400 but if you like your music, it is well worth it. Other options include Sat-Nav £1,850 and GSM telephone for £500. Alternatively, the Communications Pack (one of three optional packs), includes the phone and navigation and adds Volvo on Call, a GPS-based communications system, for £2,150.

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Volvo C30 Road Test Data
Model ReviewedVolvo Volvo C30 2.0d SE
  
Body TypeHatchback
ColourBlack
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph9.4 Seconds
Top Speed 130 mph
  
Transmission6-Speed Manual
  
Fuel TypeDiesel
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban37.2 mpg
Extra Urban61.4 mpg
Combined49.6 mpg
  
Insurance Group12
Euro NCAP Rating5
Warranty3-Year / 60,000 Miles
Price (when tested on the 13/02/07)£19,295

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