Driving a Volvo should be a pleasant activity, regardless of the location you choose to do it. The C30 however has several pros and cons at this chapter. But first things first.
The tested model was equipped with a 2.0-liter generating 145 horsepower and mated to a 5-speed manual transmission, which is not exactly the best solution for this engine.
The car lacks the necessary technologies to increase fuel efficiency and cut emissions, so the 2.0-liter unit isn't the best setup for city cruising. We hadn't expected to reach Volvo's official figures in terms of fuel consumption (23 mpg/10.2 L/100Km), but the ratings we got were surprisingly off. For example, after a trip of about 12 kilometers from home to the office during, the on-board computer indicated 15.8 l/100km (14.8 mpg)!
Volvo C30 is a four-seater, which means it could carry two passengers on the two front seats, and other two on the rear. However, traveling as a rear passenger is almost impossible if you're a grown man, as the amount of space is incredibly limited. This perfectly matches Volvo's very own idea: the Swedish company's representatives explained that the C30 is likely to be sold to young couples who tend to use the rear seats on rare occasions.
Squeezing into an empty parking spot with a Volvo C30 should be extremely easy, even if the car is not equipped with parking sensors or other parking assistance technologies. During our test, we noticed that the rear window provides perfect visibility when in reverse mode so only minimum skills are actually required to park the car safely.
We're not exactly sure, but by looking at C30's trunk, we would be tempted to say that Volvo thinks young people do not go shopping. The volume is extremely limited - 233 liters - which makes it almost impossible to leave on a longer journey or simply go for a longer shopping session, unless you fold the rear seats.
The handling system is more than decent, while the suspension setup is just average. In just a few words, all those speed bumps and potholes you usually see in today's cities are almost unnoticeable when running over them with the front side of the car. The rear on the other hand is a bit different, mostly due to its reduced weight, so the car feels a bit bouncy when driving on an uneven road.Continue reading
Hold on, Lou Cheeka would like to say something...
In my opinion, Volvo is a great car company but until now, most of its models lacked the power to set them apart from the rest of the industry. Just look at the German market and you'll understand what I mean, the perfect combination of great design, fuel efficiency and engine power, you can find them all on German cars.
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