Have had my 2011 Volvo C30 for a little over a month now and overall, really love the car.
The styling is amazing, handling great, seats the most comfortable I've ever sat in (heated seats a huge bonus) and great fun to drive.
Other high points are bluetooth which works amazingly well, iPod integration, and great visibility.
Only drawbacks (and minor at best), huge, oversized key, so-so mileage and difficulty accessing rear seat.
All that said, I would recommend the C30 to everyone.
Safe and Secure Plan
Unique -- not a car you see every 10 minutes on the road
Easier access to rear seat
Better fuel economy
More usable storage spaces
I realize that most people will not consider this a tuner car.
It seems to have all the features of a Mazdaspeed, GTI, etc.
This car is more comfortable than any other car that I have previously owned (GTI, Mazdaspeed, Civic Si).
Nice that I can use 87 octane gas.
MPG so far is a little better than 27 mpg/gallon combined.
I believe it still needs to be broken in.
Also, overall cost is really no different than a loaded GTI.
By the way, I have leather, sunroof, and 100K Maintenance plan.
I do believe that the Mazdaspeed is a little faster, but I am commuting not street racing.
After the initial 2000 miles I am very pleased with this car. Excellent daily driver with very good performance. Actual gas mileage has exceeded expectations at 24 mpg around town and 31 mpg on a long highway trip. The distinctive looks draw a bit of attention.
Rides much more comfortably and looks much better than the GTI in my view. Everything simply works well. I'm particularly happy with the cabin ergonomics.
Have not had any wind noise issues as others reported. A refined and reasonably priced car given the free maintenance, especially now that end of year rebates are available.
Excellent seats, Safety Rating, Handling, Comfort, ABS and Stability Control, excellent Bluetooth, Standard Audio System comes w/USB Audio. Available soft cargo cover and window shades work very well to provide visual security for cargo.
In evaluating a car, first you define the mission.
No car can be all things.
If you want a Corvette, you understand that it can't have the gas mileage of a Prius.
This is the T5 C30 with 17 in wheels:
A small, nimble car with an appealing and distinctive aesthetic that coddles the driver with excellent ride dynamics and great interior design.
It is not trying to be a track car.
It is 2+2 GT road car.
It gets you through your driving day with a minimum of fatigue and a maximum of bliss.
It has the quickness and agility to squeeze through traffic, yet still has a cabin that is quiet and comfortable.
Plus, it feels like quality, it is nice to look at, and it is just fun to drive.
-controls logical and fall to hand
-firm but well damped suspension
-minimal noise and vibration
-rear seats big enough (but tight) for adults
-rear hatch is great.
The door size is small and swings up out of the way.
The rear deck height makes access easy.
You find yourself using the hatch a lot because it is so convenient
-great warranty and free maintenance package
If you choose to drive a little car, why not pick your best hope when that Ford F-350 blows the stoplight.
-still a little torque steer
-6 speed DSG transmission
-HID lights standard
-some kind of effective rear cover for the hatch
Great looks and peppy engine but what about the breaks. Brought it back to dealership twice wondering why oh why doesn't this car have a firm break pedal. Why must I travel halfway down before breaks engage and when they do why does it feel so choppy? Is this a Volvo trademark because if it is I sure don't want or need it. This one very important aspect has left me lukewarm on this car and wondering if I made a $25k mistake which I will now regret until I trade it in.
Looks, build, engine and design overall.
Breaks! - breaks!! - breaks!!! Am I really the only one who noticed that this car has a problem with its breaks?