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2010 Volvo C30

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$5,292 — $12,624 USED
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Hatchback
4 Seats
25 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(4.5) 2 reviews

The Good

  • Interior quality
  • Safety features
  • Strong engine
  • Six-speed manual's refinement
  • Multitude of seat adjustments
  • Roomy glove compartment

The Bad

  • 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
2010 Volvo C30 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2010 Volvo C30
  • 227-hp, turbo inline-five-cylinder engine
  • Glass rear hatch
  • Manual or automatic
  • Available blind spot warning system

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Vehicle Overview
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.

The C30 has two trims: the T5 base model and a top-of-the-line T5 R-Design.


New for 2010
The C30 now provides Bluetooth hands-free connectivity in both trims, as well as a trip computer. Also, the custom-build option for the R-Design models has been discontinued.

Exterior
The two-door C30 has a large glass hatch in back. Volvo says it lends an open feel to the interior; bystanders can see the center dashboard controls from behind.

The R-Design trim has a different grille and a matte finish on the side mirrors.
  • Fog lamps available in option package


Interior
Volvo says four adults can fit inside the C30. Rear bucket seats are positioned slightly inward of the front seats, allowing more forward visibility from the backseat. In the front, the dashboard looks much like the S40's, with an ultra-thin center panel incorporating climate and audio controls.
  • Standard dual-zone automatic climate control and a CD-audio system with an MP3 jack
  • Upgraded audio system optional
  • Standard trip computer; optional navigation system with real-time traffic data
  • Cloth seating standard on T5, leather seating available
  • R-Design model has distinct leather trim with embossed R-5 logos
  • Rear seat folds forward
  • Preferred Package includes power front seats, bi-xeno...
Vehicle Overview
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.

The C30 has two trims: the T5 base model and a top-of-the-line T5 R-Design.


New for 2010
The C30 now provides Bluetooth hands-free connectivity in both trims, as well as a trip computer. Also, the custom-build option for the R-Design models has been discontinued.

Exterior
The two-door C30 has a large glass hatch in back. Volvo says it lends an open feel to the interior; bystanders can see the center dashboard controls from behind.

The R-Design trim has a different grille and a matte finish on the side mirrors.
  • Fog lamps available in option package


Interior
Volvo says four adults can fit inside the C30. Rear bucket seats are positioned slightly inward of the front seats, allowing more forward visibility from the backseat. In the front, the dashboard looks much like the S40's, with an ultra-thin center panel incorporating climate and audio controls.
  • Standard dual-zone automatic climate control and a CD-audio system with an MP3 jack
  • Upgraded audio system optional
  • Standard trip computer; optional navigation system with real-time traffic data
  • Cloth seating standard on T5, leather seating available
  • R-Design model has distinct leather trim with embossed R-5 logos
  • Rear seat folds forward
  • Preferred Package includes power front seats, bi-xenon headlights, and keyless start


Under the Hood
The C30 is powered by a turbocharged, 2.5-liter inline-five-cylinder engine in both trim levels.
  • 227 horsepower and 236 pounds-feet of torque
  • Six-speed manual standard
  • Five-speed automatic transmission optional


Safety
Safety features include:
  • Standard four-wheel-disc antilock brakes
  • Standard side-impact and side curtain airbags
  • Standard traction control
  • Standard electronic stability system
  • Optional blind spot warning system


Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.5
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Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(5.0)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.0)
Value For The Money
(4.0)
(5.0)

Volvo Polestar C30: It's Now Safe to Speed

by JeanfromEugene from Eugene OR on July 19, 2017

Dream vehicle in Rebel Blue offers perfect simple scandinavian interior and rugged torqued performance on the road. Read full review

(4.0)

Stylish Heaven

by C30dude from Southern CA. on February 21, 2010

I have a 2010 C30 R-Design (T5). To sum it all up, This car ROCKS! The performance, handling, and gas mileage are all good. The styling is great! It can fit 4 adults comfortably. Not great for a ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2010 Volvo C30 currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2010 Volvo C30 T5

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Volvo

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The C30 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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