This compact, 3-door hatchback is a truly unique piece of automobile engineering. Unlike anything else on the road, the C30’s eye-catching progressive appearance is just as savvy as its minimalist, yet premium interior. The performance isn’t anything to scoff at either, with a fairly unusual 5-cylinder, decent fuel efficiency, and optional manual transmission. For an all-around fun, visually appealing, and functional little car, the C30’s got you covered.
Standard Bluetooth, pollen filter, cruise control, and audio controls on the steering wheel are all part of a generous suite of extras that come with the base model. If you opt for the Premier Plus package, you get LED running lights, a power sunroof and more. Stock wheels are 17” and the audio system comes with remote control (inexplicable, but novel).
Changes for 2012
The 2012 model year brought along with it audio streaming for Bluetooth, the addition of Premium Plus and Platinum trim packages, as well as feature bundles related to the trim levels – like navigation, a moon-roof, and upgraded audio.
What We Like
The aesthetics are attention-grabbing and sophisticated. The back seats fold flat for a full 20 cubic feet of storage space, and the blind spot isn’t so blind due to extraordinary visual clearance along the sides and through the rear window. The sportier R-Design takes the athleticism of this sassy little car even further with a spoiler and larger exhaust outlets. And, believe it or not, this petite little beast can tow up to 2000 lbs.
What Concerns Us
It is only a four-seater, after all.
The C30 comes in a 2.5 turbocharged in-line 5-cylinder 6-speed manual or automatic with 236 lb.-ft. torque, 227 HP, and 21/30 mpg automatic, 21/29 mpg manual. Add the optional Polestar package and Volvo will tune the engine for 250 horses without impacting fuel efficiency or emissions.
There are no recalls issued on the 2012 Volvo C30.
While customer satisfaction remains high with Volvo vehicles in general, including the C30, there have been several reports of the car accelerating independently even when the driver was attempting to press the brake pedal. In the event that the consumer was able to stop, the engine continued to rev for several seconds. This was noted by the NTSHA but it is unclear whether a fix has ever been devised for this issue.