(4.6) 12 reviews
MSRP: $6,607$12,767
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
2009 Volvo C30

Our Take on the 2009 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. It competes with other small, premium cars such as the Volkswagen GTI and Mini Cooper S.Trim names have changed, with the top-of-the-line model now called the C... 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
  • Mushy brakes
  • Loud suspension
  • Somewhat lazy automatic

Notable Features

  • Revised trim levels
  • 227-hp, turbo inline-five-cylinder engine
  • Glass rear hatch
  • Manual or automatic
  • Standard electronic stability system
  • Available blind-spot warning system

2 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.


It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.