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The chunky-looking C30 came along in late 2006 and was meant as a posh and well-appointed alternative to contemporary hatchbacks such as the Astra, A3, Golf and Focus, the last of which shared the same platform. It was available with three doors – and if that frameless glass rear hatch looks vaguely familiar, it’s because the back end took its design cues from the Volvo 480ES (1986-1995).
The C30 was offered with no fewer than five petrol engines, ranging from the somewhat flaccid 99bhp 1.6 to the fire-breathing turbocharged 217bhp 2.5 T5, while diesel offerings included a 1.6, 2.0 and 2.4. Most buyers plump for the mid-range cars, which offer the best mix of performance and economy.
All C30s were well equipped, with entry S models having six airbags, climate-control, alloys and a decent stereo as standard. The SE gained a multifunction steering wheel, 17in rims, cruise-control and plusher trim. Flagship models were the SE Sport, with its 18in alloys and bodykit, and the SE Lux, which got leather upholstery, folding mirrors and heated front seats. The R-design was based on the S with a bodykit and a few other goodies.
There was only one revision, in January 2010, when the front and back end got a makeover and tweaks were made to the chassis to improve handling. At the same time, the fuel-sipping 1.6D DRIVE with stop/start technology joined the line-up.
The only real niggle with the C30 concerns space. Lack of room in the back means it’s seen more as a roomy twoseater than a five-seater family hatch. At just 251 litres, the boot’s small, too.
There’s also a bit of an issue regarding reliability. There’s been no fewer than 18 recalls and it has never scored well in reliability surveys, coming a lowly 155th when reviewed in 2015. So let’s see what goes wrong and add up the cost of parts to put things right again.