Because we're talking about a model specifically designed for young drivers, the exterior design and the power generated by the engine play a key role. From this point of view, Volvo's new C30 should be enough to help you set apart from the rest of the drivers.
The 2.0-liter 4 cylinders in-line engine develops 145 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 136 Nm of torque at 4,500 rpm. Translate this into performance figures and you get a 0 to 100 km/h sprint in 9.4 seconds and a top speed of 130 mph (209 km/h). According to the Swedish brand, the engine emits "only" 177 grams of CO2 per kilometer, with fuel consumption standing at 23 mpg (10.2 L/100Km) city, 40.5 mpg (5.8 L/100Km) highway and 31.8 mpg (7.4 L/100Km) combined.
This is where Ford's very own touches make themselves noticed, as the C30 is based on the same platform as the popular Focus. When equipped with a 5-speed manual transmission however, Ford's Focus releases 169 grams of CO2 every kilometer, while fuel consumption is slightly different: 24 mpg (9.8 L/100Km) city, 43.5 mpg (5.4 L/100Km) highway and 33.1 mpg (7.1 L/100Km) combined.
The suspension setup is as follows: front - MacPherson Strut, Coil Springs, Hydraulic Shock Absorbers, Stabilizer Bar and rear - Independent Suspension with Coil Springs, Hydraulic Shock Absorbers, Stabilizer Bar. However, the feeling you get when driving a C30 (from the suspension performance point of view), can be mixed due to the reduced weight on the rear size.
The speed bumps and uneven roads are thus almost unnoticeable when passing over them with the front wheels, while the rear setup "shakes" the passengers almost every single time.
The 145 "angry horses" are handled by Volvo's ventilated brake discs for the front wheels and solid discs for the rear. Obviously, they are supported by Antilock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Electronic Brake Assistance (EBA).Continue reading