Volvo C30

Sourc­ing new and used parts.

Car Mechanics (UK) - - Contents -

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.

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