I saw a Volvo C30 on display when I was at the New England Auto Show in Boston in January. When I saw the car I wondered why I have seen so few of them on the road? I have liked the look of these cars ever since the car was announced. It appears that I must be in a small minority as here in the northeast USA, they are not very common. Volvos have always sold quite well in the northeast and there are lots of Volvos on the road – just very few C30 Volvos.
Even in the Volvo display at the show, the Volvo C30 was over in the back corner. Maybe it’s just me, but it seems that Volvo is not pushing the Volvo C30.
The Oversize Rear Hatch Window is Reminicent of the Volvo P1800
To be fair when I look at the Volvo C30, especially from the back, I do see styling elements that remind me of the P1800 Sport Wagon. Perhaps this is why I like the Volvo C30.
The Styling Lines of the Volvo C30 Do Reflect a Simplistic Swedish Design
The interior design is also very clean and simple. The front seats appear to be a good size, but the back seat does look a little on the small size. Perhaps this is a reason that I don’t see a few more of them on the road.
Interior Design is Clean and Simple
I came across the image below on the Volvo corporate website and when I saw it, I was surprised because almost no manufacturer ever shows you a picture of what their car looks like from above.
Unusual Top View of a Volvo C30
It can be seen from the top view that the roof design does close in somewhat at it goes from front to back. This is one reason why the rear seat area does appear to be a little smaller than some other similar cars like the Volkswagen GTI.
Volvo has partnered up with a performance company called Polestar. Polestar was founded in 1996 in collaboration with Volvo to develop and help manage Volvo’s investment in racing. Polestar is now focussing on the C30 Volvo. The company’s core business is focused on development and competition in racing.
Polestar does factory approved modifications to the Volvo C30 which make significant performance improvements. The Polestar modifications increase the horsepower from 227 to 250 and the torque from 236 lb-ft to 270 lb-ft in addition to suspension modifications. These modifications reportedly reduce the 0 – 60mph time from 6.7 seconds to 6.3 seconds..
Volvo C30 World Touring Car Championship Entry
If I was looking for a new car at this time, I would take a close look at the Volvo C30. It might not be the car for everyone, but for someone looking for a stylish small car with good performance, then the Volvo C30 with the Polestar modifications would be worth a look.