Volvo C30's interior continues to be simplistic, with the design inspired from S40 and V50. The whole interior is built around the center floating console which plays three key roles. First of all, from the aesthetic point of view, the thin console is quite appealing, contributing to the overall simplicity of the whole interior.
Second of all, its architecture leaves enough room for other interior parts, such as the storage space hidden just behind it. Last but not least, it brings the controls closer to the driver and/or right passenger, thus contributing to enhanced ergonomics and comfort.
And speaking of storage spaces inside the car, we noticed that Volvo's engineers failed to take care of this aspect when building the C30. First of all, there are two cup holders just adjacent to the handbrake lever, one of which is occupied by the ashtray. However, it's almost impossible to use the empty storage space for a bottle for instance, mostly because it blocks the access to the gear shift.
There is an alternative though, as the C30 provides two storage spaces especially designed for larger recipients on the two front doors. Still, unless you force it in, a bottle of Coke for instance is too big to be fitted in there.
There are several positive things however, including the sporty seats covered in the so-called Leksand Offblack/Sunburt Orange upholstery. Comfy enough and providing lumbar support for both the driver and the front passenger, the two front seats must be slid forward to allow the rear passengers to get inside the car. But the whole process is a challenge.
Not only because the rear passengers' access inside the car is done through a very limited amount of space, but also because sliding the front seats means resetting their settings - if they can be called so given the fact that they sit on a metallic rail.
The leather-covered steering wheel holds the cruise control and volume buttons and can be adjusted for the optimal height, thus allowing taller persons to get behind the wheel without too many problems. The power windows controls, as well as the exterior mirror and locking buttons are all placed on the left front door, while the headlight controls are mounted on the left side of the dashboard, and not on a separate lever behind the wheel.Continue reading