2013 Volvo C30 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Volvo C30 was new.


Interior: 7.5

According to the automotive press, the 2013 Volvo C30 has an attractive, well-made cabin. Aesthetics aside, reviewers find that the C30 isn’t as useful as other hatchbacks because the back seats are cramped and there isn’t much cargo space.

  • "The C30 might be getting on in years, but its cabin still remains stylish and modern." -- Edmunds
  • "Cabin feels upscale, with well-assembled, high-quality materials and fine control movement." -- Consumer Guide (2012)


The C30 seats two people in the front and two in the back. Up front, critics find that there’s plenty of headroom and legroom for two adults. In addition to having spacious front seats, reviewers say the C30 has outstanding rear visibility. Generally, auto critics say the two rear seats aren’t as roomy. Some test drivers say tall adults won’t have enough headroom or legroom, but others say the rear seats are spacious and comfortable for the C30’s size.

  • "As is typical for Volvo, the front seats draw praise in terms of comfort, support and adjustability -- even with standard manual adjustment. ... Volvo didn't even try to design a rear seat that could hold three passengers. Instead, the rear cabin area features two seats that closely resemble those up front, albeit closer together. They are quite comfortable, though legroom is a bit short." -- Edmunds
  • "Headroom is just adequate for those under 5-foot-6, and legroom is cramped if front seats are set far back. Entry and exit require contortions." -- Consumer Guide (2012 rear seats)
  • "Visibility is good in the C30, even bordering on exceptional. I didn't find any objectionable blind spots, though the side mirrors could be a bit larger." -- Cars.com (2011)
  • "The rear bucket seats, inboard from the fronts due to the arcing shoulder lines that swoop inward, provide commendable room and comfort for six-footers." -- Motor Trend (2008)

Interior Features

The 2013 Volvo C30 comes standard with an eight-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, HD Radio, an auxiliary audio input and a USB port. Optional tech features include a 10-speaker Dolby Pro Logic surround sound system, satellite radio and navigation. A blind spot monitoring system is also available.

A lot of reviewers think the C30’s interior controls can be hard to use both with and without the optional navigation system. Some auto critics mention that the buttons are easy to read, but think too many of them look alike, while another reviewer says the numbers on the dash are too small. In particular, one test driver dislikes the navigation system, which has strange and complicated controls, including some on the back of the steering wheel.

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  • "Its prime attribute is the floating center stack that is sharply dressed in one of several distinct trim types and complemented with simple controls. Well, they're simple with the exception of the old-fashioned navigation system. Thankfully exorcised from other Volvos, this system features weird controls behind the steering wheel, a remote control for the passenger, subpar graphics and confusing menus." -- Edmunds
  • "As sleek and angular as anything from an IKEA store, the C30's interior is functional yet stylish, right down to the minimalistic remote control for the sound system. Why one needs such a device for the already-close and easy-to-use audio buttons and knobs is another matter." -- Kelley Blue Book (2012)
  • "The gauges are large and legible. The controls are well marked, though some testers complain of too many look-alike buttons, which can be hard to locate at a glance." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • "Instruments' thin numerals hard to read at a glance." -- Cars.com (2012)


With the rear seats in use, the 2013 C30 has 12.9 cubic feet of cargo space, and with the rear seats folded, the cargo room increases to 20.2 cubic feet. Reviewers are not satisfied with the C30’s available cargo space, which they find disappointing for a hatchback. The Audi A3 hatchback, for example, offers up to 39 cubic feet of space. In addition to offering little space, test drivers mention that the C30’s cargo opening is small and that its cabin doesn’t have much interior storage.

  • "Cargo capacity behind that hatch is disappointing, though. There are only 13 cubic feet with the rear seats raised and, when lowered, the total is less than competitors as well." -- Edmunds
  • "Minimal, even by small hatchback standards. Rear seatbacks fold easily, though the load floor isn't flat and the rear hatch opening is tight and oddly shaped. Some testers disliked the C30's all-glass hatch, which leaves cargo plainly visible from the outside. Small-items storage space is also subpar." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • “Small cargo area opening for a hatchback." -- Cars.com (2012)

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