Volvo C30

In published reviews,
critics awarded this
vehicle an average
overall score of:

85
Priced From $24,700
MPG 25.0
Styles Reviewed
HatchbackHatchback
Vehicle's Review History
Average overall score
for this vehicle, by year:
2012 models 86
2011 models 83
2010 models 84
2009 models 84
2008 models 83

CNET.com

06/05/12
2012-06-05
88
100

Overall score awarded to vehicle by this critic. [?]

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Wayne Cunningham Wayne Cunningham 6.2 out of 10 2012 Volvo C30 Hatchback

The 2012 Volvo C30 R-Design embodies hot hatchback performance with retro style. Its six-speed manual shifts with European precision and the car flies through the corners. Solid cabin electronics are marred by a confused interface.

CarReview.com

05/04/12
2012-05-04
88
100

Overall score awarded to vehicle by this critic. [?]

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
David Colman David Colman Score Pending 2012 Volvo C30 Hatchback

The C30 with R-Design refinements is well worth the entry fee. It will really transport 4 adults if needed, but serves primarily as a 2 seat sports sedan featuring high performance limits plus enough storage space to pass itself off as your family sedan.

Road & Track

03/12/12
2012-03-12
87
100

Overall score awarded to vehicle by this critic. [?]

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Douglas Kott Douglas Kott 6.7 out of 10 2012 Volvo C30 Hatchback

The C30 R-Design is no paper tiger; it’s a blast to drive. And when you’re not homing in on that next apex, you can enjoy the uncluttered, sensible elegance that characterizes all Volvo interiors.

New Car Test Drive

05/22/12
2012-05-22
86
100

Overall score awarded to vehicle by this critic. [?]

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Kirk Bell Kirk Bell 7.3 out of 10 2012 Volvo C30 Hatchback

The Volvo C30 is practical, easy to maneuver, fun to drive and is loaded with safety engineering. The engine is powerful, handling is responsive, and ride is reasonably comfortable.

Wall Street Journal

05/11/12
2012-05-11
85
100

Overall score awarded to vehicle by this critic. [?]

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Dan Neil Dan Neil 8.6 out of 10 2012 Volvo C30 Hatchback

As the last Swede standing, Volvo seems honor-bound to carry on the tradition of Scandinavian weirdness once upheld by Saab. The C30 Polestar—kooky, hectic, twitchy, eccentric—certainly delivers.

MotorAuthority.com

02/14/12
2012-02-14
85
100

Overall score awarded to vehicle by this critic. [?]

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Viknesh Vijayenthiran Viknesh Vijayenthiran Score Pending 2012 Volvo C30 Hatchback

If you can live with the sporty three-door body of the C30, the car has a lot to offer, especially in terms of style, performance, and Swedish charm.

Edmunds.com

11/07/11
2011-11-07
83
100

Overall score awarded to vehicle by this critic. [?]

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Staff Review Edmunds.com 7.8 out of 10 2012 Volvo C30 Hatchback

The 2012 Volvo C30 dishes out a full plate of style and comfort but doesn’t match some of the performance thrills that competitive models offer.

About.com

03/13/12
2012-03-13
82
100

Overall score awarded to vehicle by this critic. [?]

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Aaron Gold Aaron Gold 7.1 out of 10 2012 Volvo C30 Hatchback

The C30 is a lovely car. It’s attractively styled, good fun to drive, and refreshingly unique. But all of its best rivals can be had for less money.

Kansas City Star

02/19/10
2010-02-19
86
100

Overall score awarded to vehicle by this critic. [?]

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Tom Strongman Tom Strongman 6.5 out of 10 2011 Volvo C30 Hatchback

The Volvo C30 is small and agile. Large tires and a sports suspension give it nice moves in urban traffic or on country roads.

Edmunds.com

05/13/10
2010-05-13
85
100

Overall score awarded to vehicle by this critic. [?]

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Warren Clarke Warren Clarke Score Pending 2011 Volvo C30 Hatchback

The C30 isn’t as sporty as the hot hatches it’s frequently shopped against, but it compensates by offering impeccable refinement. More “premium hatch” than “hot hatch,” this upscale, well-mannered Volvo will never make you regret choosing it as a daily driver.

Cars.com

06/07/10
2010-06-07
84
100

Overall score awarded to vehicle by this critic. [?]

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Bill Jackson Bill Jackson Score Pending 2011 Volvo C30 Hatchback

I really enjoyed the 2011 Volvo C30. It’s fun to drive, has an excellent interior and it looks great after its recent redesign. It’s not utilitarian, it’s not super-fast and it sure isn’t cheap, yet I’m glad to see cars like the C30 being built.

Car and Driver

06/01/10
2010-06-01
79
100

Overall score awarded to vehicle by this critic. [?]

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
David Gluckman David Gluckman 6.6 out of 10 2011 Volvo C30 Hatchback

If you’re sold on the Volvo C30 and want the added looks of the R-Design, you might be able to justify the extra cost from a Scandinavian-design point of view—it’ll nicely complement your IKEA-filled apartment. But we’ll take the less expensive and more satisfying GTI.

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