Young drivers, who enjoy going on longer journeys, would be disappointed by the attention the Volvo engineers paid to this particular area.
The 2.0-liter engine is indeed useful in non-urban conditions but, once again, the fuel consumption get close to the "unacceptable" barrier. Volvo says that its C30 should go around 40.5 mpg (5.8 L/100Km) in highway conditions but reality is very different from Volvo's paradise. After a 20 kilometer trip on the highway at 130 km/h, cruise control enabled, the on-board computer pointed to a unpleasantly-surprising 8.7 l/100km (27 mpg). Obviously, a sportier driving style would increase these figures a lot, with the car being limited to a maximum speed of 130 mph (209 km/h).
The gearbox on the other hand seems to be totally incompatible with the engine. The 5-speed unit, which indeed decreases acceleration times, doesn't help fuel economy at all and keeps the rev counter on the red line, in case you're the kind of sporty driver we were talking about.
Once again, the comfort is above average for the two front passengers, but the two rear individual seats provide enough room only for kids or other child occupants below 1.70m. The limited rear space and the reduced cargo volume proves that Volvo didn't manage to reach a compromise between the two and choose which one would get improved. Unfortunately, this aspect plays a key role in such a crowded market and the only solution for a C30 owner to fit more luggage is to fold the rear seats, thus limiting the number of passengers to only two.
Nevertheless, taking into account that C30 is a car aimed at the young sector, the open road section is a bit less important, as the public it is addressed to would mostly use it in an urban environment.Continue reading
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I remember when I was a kid and my dad used to take me to DisneyLand in the boxy car he owned, he always praised it for the safety features it had. "You can't die in one of these, Mary," he told me every once in a while. Years later, I found that the car he was talking about was actually a Volvo so the C30 just brings back nice memories. I want to thank you guys for this great moment...
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