My 2nd Volvo, other is a 2001 s60, and am very pleased. Purchased the base model in Feb of 2009, and for some reason dealer took 6k of the sticker price. Love the car, drives great and is very fun to drive around town. The 5 speed auto is very smooth however when I want to have better performance I use the auto shift feature which manually controls the shifting. Car has all the options I would want, iPhone and Bluetooth work without issues. I have 5K miles on it and have had no issues. Highly recommend this to anyone considering a mini, which is more expensive and smaller.
Auto shift is takes the fun of this 227 HP car to new heights.
Speaker phone built in along with integrated blue tooth means I can control my iPhone from the steering wheel controls.
Not popular in the US so it attracts a lot of attention.
Get compliments all the time, body style is a real head turner.
Moving the front seats out of the way to on-board rear seat passengers is like a science project.
I never seem to get it right and the seat either does not move with the "one touch" manual control handle or if it does it "forgets" my seat position.
This is the most frustrating feature of the car.
Whats worse when you take it to the dealer they seam to be able to move it with one finger.
Maybe it takes years of practice? Wind noise from side view mirrors is minor noticeable distraction that is easily overcome by the radio.
I am a big fan of the Ford C1 platform. Prior to my C30, I owned an 04 Mazda 3s; I loved it. But as much as I did, it pales in comparison to the C30. It is more comfortable and more solid with a more powerful and responsive engine. Other than the wind noise coming from the side mirrors, the cockpit is quiet-isolating the road noise and allowing the driver to hear that throaty growl when the foot presses to the floor. The automatic transmission is smooth- though I've only used the manual shift feature once. The only problem here is that 227 hp driving front wheels can sometimes make the tires slip- with heavy acceleration like pulling out into traffic. The GTI doesn't have this issue.
The engine is exceptional, as is the balance between the ride and the handling. The R-design is sportier, but I found the ride on the 18' wheels too choppy. I love the simple, industrial design: uncluttered and clean. I think it's called lagam in Swedish: Everything you need and nothing you don't.
Move the power to the back wheels or mount stickier tires to the front. The slippage I mentioned above can be a bit disconcerting.
I am really impressed with my C30. It has the 6-speed, climate package, and sunroof. It handles well in snow and rain so far. I am averaging 28 mpg between highway and small town driving. I took it on a 2000+ mile road trip, and even with all the time in the seat, both my husband and I were comfortable. It does great in mountains, in 6th gear you can still accelerate going up hill w/o having to downshift. Everyone that sees it loves it. I have a 2010 with the previous style headlights (leftover from last year). I like that style better though so I was glad when I found one! Mine has the off black interior and the metallic titanium paint, and it looks great in that color!
The options are great, heated seats are nice, great safety features, good gas mileage, fun to drive, catches everyones attention, SUPER CAR!!! Loving it!!! Not as expensive as everyone thinks... I'll keep them guessing! :)
Maybe lengthen the car a little bit for a longer appearance and a little more cargo room.
We test drove a Mazda 3, Nissan Altima, and Mini Cooper S with the C- 30 as the spoiler. We found the Mini to ride HARD, have severely limited visibility, weird pedal placement, cramped, found the center speedo and other quirks just too annoying, and we know someone who sold theirs because it was too scary in the snow. We found the C-30 to be in a class by itself - a highly refined vehicle for an amazingly reasonable price. Fast, fun, engaging, safe, this purchase ended up being a no-brainer. Only downside is that Volvo dealerships don't appear to be too willing to deal. (Same w/Mini.) A LOT of car for the money. This vehicle is a class leader. See for yourself. We're very happy.
Body styling, acceleration, handling, overall comfort, SAFETY, sure-footed in snow.
The console buttons are tiny - why not make the entire console and buttons larger in the existing space? Manual seats don't reset to original positions if you flip them forward and access the back seat. Additional and softer seat padding, though they're very supportive as is and comfortable.