Dour, this ain’t.
Built for the young and the young at heart, the concept has a style that is unmistakably Volvo, yet introduces a razor sharp edge to that already popular design. When it hits the streets, the C30 will surely be safe, given the track record Volvo has established, and it will probably be dependable, based on recent new vehicles introduced by Ford’s Premier Automotive Group’s (PAG) shining star. We look forward to seeing – and driving – the actual production model, later this year.
What it is
Why it matters
Reminiscent of the Volvo P1800 ES, this very well could be one of the first modern luxury hatches to break through the American luxury bias against hatches. And while much of that depends on price and performance, the Volvo C30 has the pedigree and the track record to make it happen, not only with its own fans, but with all shoppers in the entry-lux segment.
What’s under the hood
What it looks like
What Volvo says
What we think
When you can buy it
Engine Size and Type: inline 2.4-liter turbocharged five-cylinder
Engine Horsepower: 260 at 5,500 rpm
Engine Torque: 268 lbs.-ft. at 2,100 – 5,000 rpm
Transmission: Six-speed manual
Photos by Ron Perry and courtesy of Volvo