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2011 Volvo C30 R-Design Review


Swedish-Made Compact

A three-quarter rear view of a 2011 Volvo C30

In short: A sporty, Scandinavian-styled hatchback.

Volvo's offer to the small car market is sure to catch the eye of younger buyers thanks to its cool looks and sport-tuned suspension; however, this compact hatch offers more than just fun and frivolity. With an EPA rating of 30 mpg highway and an extensive list of top-of-the-line safety features, the C30 R-Design is a smart choice for city dwellers looking for performance and practicality at a reasonable price.

Warranty/Service: Four-year/50,000-mile limited warranty; twelve-year/unlimited mile corrosion protection.

Base Price: $26,950 / As tested: $32,950

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front engine, front-wheel drive, 4-passenger, 2-door hatchback

Engine: 2.5-liter, turbocharged 5-cylinder engine with DOHC and variable valve timing
Horsepower: 227 hp @ 5,000 rpm
Torque: 236 lb-ft @ 1,500-5,000 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual

Curb weight:
3,200 lbs
Wheelbase: 103.9 in
Length/Width/Height: 167.4/80.3/57 in
Turning circle: 34.9 ft

4-wheel power-assisted disc brakes with ABS, electronic brake distribution, and electronic brake assistance
Suspension: front independent strut suspension with anti-roll bar; multi-link rear suspension with coil springs and anti-roll bar

Traction: dynamic stability traction control

EPA City:
21 mpg
EPA Highway: 30 mpg

driver and front passenger dual stage supplemental restraint system (airbag); driver and front passenger side-impact airbags; inflatable curtain side impact head protection system

Likes: overall looks; sportiness; finish
Dislikes: key interface with rear door


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