• Cool exterior design
  • Sprightly powerplant
  • Roomy rear seats
  • Detached driving experience
  • Hard-to-use center stack
  • Sluggish navigation system
SUM UP Swedish style in a compact package.

By Automobile Magazine

What's New for C30 in 2013

Automatic windshield wipers and headlight washers are standard for 2013. A new Premier trim level includes a sunroof, a power driver’s seat with memory, a load cover, and an auto-dimming mirror. Premier Plus gains Keyless Drive and xenon headlights. The limited-edition Polestar bumps the turbo’s output to 250 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. Only 250 will be produced...more

Overview

The C30 now faces increasing competition from other compact luxury cars, but it still has the upper hand when it comes to looks with its unique glass liftgate, long side glass, and chopped tail. Even though it is 8.4 inches shorter, the C30 is built on the same platform and shares a wheelbase with the S40 sedan (no longer available in the United States), so it feels quite roomy inside. The rear buckets—there is seating only for four—are spacious enough to comfortably accommodate two adults. Despite the C30’s diminutive overall footprint, there is a reasonable amount of cargo space, thanks to the hatchback body style. The C30’s interior is a fine example of Scandinavian design. Its center stack is clean and symmetrical, although there are too many buttons of the same size. The 227-hp turbocharged five-cylinder is reasonably engaging, but the driving experience leans more to the side of luxury than do some of the C30’s more enthusiast-oriented competitors, such as the Volkswagen GTI and the Mini Cooper. Shoppers looking for more substance with their style should opt for the optional Polestar upgrade that nets 23 extra horsepower. The C30 is the only car in its class to offer a blind-spot monitoring system, which shouldn’t be a surprise, since safety has long been a hallmark of the Swedish automaker.

Safety

Front, side, and side curtain air bags; ABS; and traction and stability control are standard. A blind-spot monitoring system is optional.

Key Competitors For The 2013 Volvo C30

  • Audi A3
  • Mini Cooper
  • Volkswagen GTI

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2013 C30 Standard Equipment

Braking and Handling

  • Four Wheel ABS

Climate Control

  • Front Air Conditioning

Convenience

  • Cruise Control
  • Keyless Entry
  • Power Locks
  • Power Trunk/Liftgate
  • Power Windows
  • Steering Wheel Scope
  • Trip Computer
  • Vehicle Information Center

Interior

  • Cargo Cover
  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Premium Interior Trim

Safety

  • Brake Assist
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
  • Headlight Wiper/Washers
  • HID Headlights
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Fog Lights
  • Stability Control
  • Theft Deterrent System
  • Traction Control

Seats

  • Folding Rear Seat
  • Memory Seat

Sound and Entertainment

  • Compact Disc MP3 Capable
  • iPod Connector
  • Satellite Radio

Technology

  • Blue Tooth Compatible
  • Navigation System
  • Voice Activated Controls

Tires and Wheels

  • Alloy Wheels
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