The C30 is Volvo’s most playful and spontaneous car model. It appeals to customers who spend most of their time in the city environment and who impose considerable demands on the car’s design, driving properties and personality. The Volvo C30 can be configured in an almost unlimited range of variants thanks to a wide selection of drivelines, design details and equipment levels. And the new C30, which makes its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2009, offers even more choice than before.
“Since its introduction in 2006, the Volvo C30 has become highly appreciated for its unique appearance. This applies in particular to the rear. With the new front, it feels as though everything has fallen neatly into place and that the car’s entire personality has been boosted to an entirely new level,” says Daniel Backman, Product Manager for the new Volvo C30.
The new exterior is also a better match for the way the C30 drives – challenging, direct and with a whole lot of attitude.” continues Daniel Backman.
Major exterior changes
The entire front has been redesigned, including body panels such as the front wings. This gives the car a radical new appearance from the front, carving out a distinctive personality which clearly separates the new C30 from the Volvo S40 and V50.
In the middle of the front is the new, larger iron mark just as in the rest of the Volvo range. The air intake has also grown in size and resembles the intake in the XC60. The grille has a new pattern used solely on the C30.Although the biggest design changes have taken place at the front, the rear also sports the same deep new lines and detailing. The contours are wavier and more dynamic than before. The black plastic panels have been replaced with more body colour lower down, in the same or a contrasting colour, to forge a closer visual contact between the car and the road surface.
Among other things, there is now an all-new colour combination known as Espresso/Blond, consisting of a dark brown upper section and a blond, fresh shade on the lower door sides. The blond tone is somewhere between grey and beige and is an expression of Volvo’s strong Scandinavian design tradition. The Espresso/Blond interior permits the integration of energetic new highlight colours such as orange, green and blue in the fabrics, as well as a new colour for leather upholster, Cranberry.
Yet another new feature is the luggage compartment cover in the rear, which uses a new material and a new graphic pattern to further enhance the car’s modern image.
C30 DRIVe with start/stop function
As of spring 2009, the Volvo C30 1.6D DRIVe is available with an advanced start/stop function that switches off the engine when the car is at a standstill, for instance at traffic lights or in a traffic queue. This cuts fuel consumption to as little as 3.9 l/100 km while carbon dioxide emissions are just 104 g CO2/km, the lowest in this segment.
Engine range, Volvo C30
The figures below are for versions with a manual gearbox running in the mixed driving cycle.
|Petrol engines||Power output||Fuel consumption||CO2|
|T5 (2.5 litres)||230 hp/320 Nm||8.7 l/100 km||203 g/km|
|2.4i||170 hp/230 Nm||8.4 l/100 km||200 g/km|
|2.0||145 hp/185 Nm||7.4 l/100 km||177 g/km|
|2.0F (Flexifuel)||145 hp/185 Nm||7.8 l/100 km||185 g/km|
|1.6||100 hp/150 Nm||7.0 l/100 km||167 g/km|
|Diesel engines||Power output||Fuel consumption||CO2|
|D5 (2.4 litres)||180 hp/400 Nm||6.2 l/100 km||164 g/km|
|2.0D||136 hp/320 Nm||5.7 l/100 km||151 g/km|
|1.6D DRIVe||109 hp/240 Nm||4.5 l/100 km||119 g/km|
|1.6D DRIVe start/stop||109 hp/240 Nm||3.9 l/100 km||104 g/km|