• (4.5) 19 reviews
  • MSRP: $3,756$12,712
  • Body Style: Hatchback
  • Combined MPG: 23
  • Engine: 227-hp, 2.5-liter I-5 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 5-speed automatic w/auto-manual
2008 Volvo C30

Our Take on the 2008 Volvo C30

Our Take

Volvo took a play out of Mercedes-Benz's book with the entry-level C30 hatchback, which is based on Volvo's compact S40 sedan. Like Mercedes' recent C230 coupe, the four-passenger C30 has abundant safety features and a high-output engine. The running gear should help establish the ... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Tall bumper makes for high cargo liftover
  • Small cargo area opening for a hatchback
  • Instruments' thin numerals hard to read at a glance
  • Air conditioning temperature control not shown in degrees
  • D-pillar, rear head restraints restrict visibility

Notable Features

  • New for 2008
  • Turbo inline-five-cylinder engine
  • Polarizing, flowing center console
  • Custom Build program


Our Expert Reviews

You know how frustrating it can be when other people really like a movie, but it just doesn't resonate with you? That's what I'm experiencing with the 2008 Volvo C30. I've long admired Volvos for their style, class and reputation for safety. The C30 has the classic Volvo look, at least in the front, and it provides a solid and safe-feeling ride (with a turbocharged five-cyli... Read full review for the 2008 Volvo C 30

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Consumer Reviews


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C30 - The FUN Volvo

by Indy C30 Driver from Indianapolis, IN on September 24, 2009

I've owned my C30 T5 for about a year and LOVE it. I was able to buy it used with only 7500 miles on it for a great price. It has fast acceleration, handles well in city traffic, really moves on the h... Read Full Review

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Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 2 recalls for this car.

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Roadside Assistance Coverage


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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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