Volvo C30 Review

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Volvo C30 Review

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Bearing in mind we were driving the entry-level R-DESIGN Sport model it is fairly well equipped.

Comfort and Refinement

Bearing in mind we were driving the entry-level R-DESIGN Sport model it is fairly well equipped. Standard equipment includes dual climate control (the driver and passenger can set their own temperature preferences), it also includes Volvo's Air Quality System (AQS) that continuously monitors the carbon monoxide level of the incoming air and closes the air vents when the level is too high. The system also includes an active charcoal filter to prevent dust, exhaust particles, pollen and unpleasant odours from entering the cabin through the ventilation system.

Other standard features include remote central locking with alarm, automatic headlamp levelling, 'home safe and approach' lighting, power windows, front and rear centre armrests, height adjustable driver and front passenger seats and the driver's seat can be powered for £550. There is cruise control, steering wheel remote audio controls, power adjustable and heated door mirrors with an autofolding function and front fog lights also feature as standard.

We liked that the Volvo C30's doors could be remotely locked from either door but we could not get them to auto lock on driving off we were not sure if that was down to us or if this is not a feature on the Volvo C30.

Following on from the minimalist design of the Volvo S40 there is the central console stack which appears to float and houses the audio system and climate control buttons. We particularly like the R-DESIGN packaging which adds some very nice touches to the Volvo C30 including twin-tone black and cream upholstery with contrast stitching. There is a leather trimmed steering wheel with the R-DESIGN logo, an exclusive deco aluminium centre stack, blue instrument dials, sports pedals and tufted dark floor mats with cream leather seams.

Volvo has thoughtfully considered the interior materials ensuring that they are hypoallergenic and free from any hazardous substances. They meet a strict international standard called Oeko-Tex. This also includes all the materials that occupants are likely to touch, including exterior and interior door handles, upholstery, plastics and even the ignition key.

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Volvo C30 Road Test Data
Model ReviewedVolvo C30
  
Body TypeHatchback
ColourIce White
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph11.8 seconds
Top Speed 115 mph
  
Transmission5-Speed Manual
  
Fuel TypeUnleaded Petrol
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban30.4 mpg
Extra Urban49.6 mpg
Combined40.4 mpg
  
Insurance Group7E
Euro NCAP Rating5 Star
Warranty3 years / 60,000 miles
Price (when tested on the 28/01/09)£14, 995

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