2008 Volvo C30 Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2008 Volvo C30 - Road Test Specs

2008 Volvo C30 Hatchback

(2.5L 5-cyl. Turbo 6-speed Manual)


Model year2008
StyleT5 Version 2.0 2dr Hatchback (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 6M)
Base MSRP$26,445
As-tested MSRP$27,700


Drive typeFront-wheel drive
Engine typeInline-5
Displacement (cc/cu-in)2521cc (154 cu-in)
Valvetraindouble overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)9.0
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)227 @ 5,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)236 @ 1,500
Transmission type6-speed manual


Suspension, frontMacPherson strut
Suspension, rearMultilink
Steering typeSpeed-proportional power steering
Tire brandPirelli
Tire modelP Zero Rosso
Tire size, front215/45R18
Tire size, rear215/45R18
Wheel size18 X 7.5
Wheel materialalloy
Brakes, frontFront ventilated disc -- Rear disc
Brakes, reardisc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)4.4
0-60 mph (sec.)6.6
0-75 mph (sec.)10.3
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)15.1 @ 94.5
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)30
60-0 mph (ft.)117
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)69.1
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.85
Sound level @ idle (dB)44.5
@ Full throttle (dB)71.8
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)67.4

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsThe C30's engine is very responsive at low rpm but struggles to get to redline higher in the range. Power delivery is impressive, but with limited front-drive grip, it's a challenge to get a good launch. We found the best technique is to rev the engine to about 4,500 rpm and feed in the clutch at a rate that will barely break the tires loose. The shifter isn't as precise as we would like, but we never missed a gear.
Braking ratingVery good
Braking commentsThe C30's brake pedal isn't very firm. There's ample power, but braking from high speed would inspire more confidence if the pedal action had a pronounced point where the braking began in earnest.
Handling ratingVery good
Handling commentsOverall, the C30's steering and chassis response are impressive. There are clearly some fundamentally good (Mazda 3?) underpinnings at work here. With very sticky tires, the C30's limits are quite high. Balance favors understeer in every situation and we found it nearly impossible to get the C30 to rotate, which is both good and bad depending on the situation. The chassis is very stable through the slalom, but burdens its front tires heavily around the skid pad.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)421
Temperature (°F)80.6
Wind (mph, direction)2.5

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)18 city/28 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)22.8
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)15.9

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)2,970 (3,198 as tested)
Length (in.)167.4
Width (in.)70.2
Height (in.)57.0
Wheelbase (in.)103.9
Track, front (in.)60.4
Track, rear (in.)60.3
Turning circle (ft.)34.9
Legroom, front (in.)42.3
Legroom, rear (in.)33.9
Headroom, front (in.)38.2
Headroom, rear (in.)36.4
Shoulder room, front (in.)53.6
Shoulder room, rear (in.)47.0
Seating capacity4
Cargo volume (cu-ft)12.9
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)20.2


Bumper-to-bumper4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain4 years/50,000 miles
Corrosion12 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance4 years/Unlimited miles
Free scheduled maintenance7,500 miles


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front and rear
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBrake assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionNot available
Emergency assistance systemOptional
NHTSA crash test, driverNot tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested

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