2008 Volvo C30 Review

Note: This review was created when the 2008 Volvo C30 was new.

The C30 is pitched at younger customers, and reviewers generally like its high-performance engine and stylish appearance. However, poor cargo room and predicted reliability detract from its appeal. 

7.4

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.2
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 7.8
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
N/A
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • Excellent safety features
  • Stylish exterior
  • Unexceptional cargo space
  • Drab interior
  • Soaring price with options

2008 Volvo C30 Overview

But despite its cool looks the C30 has shortcomings that have hurt its overall appeal. Cargo space is sparce, particularly when compared to the rest of the class. Plus the interior's conservative styling might not entice Volvo's youthful target audience for the C30. Another snag to some -- although the Volvo C30's base price is relatively modest, options can quickly drive up the cost. "Like some Swedish build-it-yourself furniture, the options add handsomely to the price," Automobile Magazine writes. "Depending on the level of equipment, the C30 is actually almost $3,000 more than a GTI when outfitted similarly."  Finally, the C30's predicted reliability isn't great, which drives down its overall score and place in the rankings. 

The 2008 Volvo C30 is offered in Version 1.0, Version 2.0 and R-Design trims.

  • "It offers cute looks, sporty performance, and sharp handling in a compact package." -- Car and Driver
  • "Volvo has injected the C30 with shots of style and speed." -- Motor Trend
  • "This is a sporty coupe-hatch done the Volvo way and there's nothing wrong with that for those who value Volvo's approach." -- Road and Track
  • "It's so much fun to drive, so sophisticated in its features, that one can easily forgive any shortcomings." -- About.com
  • "Overall, the Volvo C30 is good looking, fun to drive, and offers the easily accessible cargo utility of a hatchback. Volvo set out to build a fun, sporty car aimed at active young buyers, and has accomplished its task." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "It's a tasty new addition to America's slowly growing menu of bite-size cars." -- Automobile Magazine
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