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  • (4.5) 2 reviews
  • Available Prices: $7,337–$14,069
  • Body Style: Hatchback
  • Combined MPG: 25
  • Engine: 227-hp, 2.5-liter I-5 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 5-speed automatic w/auto-manual
2010 Volvo C30

Our Take on the Latest Model 2010 Volvo C30

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

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

2010 Volvo C30 Reviews

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.

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

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 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


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2 Trims Available

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2010 Volvo C30 Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Volvo C30 T5

Head Restraints and Seats
Moderate overlap front
Roof Strength

IIHS Ratings

Based on Volvo C30 T5

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
Overall Rear
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry

Moderate overlap front

Left Leg/Foot
Overall Front
Right Leg/Foot
Structure/safety cage


Roof Strength


Driver Head Protection
Driver Head and Neck
Driver Pelvis/Leg
Driver Torso
Overall Side
Rear Passenger Head Protection
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
Rear Passenger Torso
Structure/safety cage
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.


There are currently 2 recalls for this car.

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,900 per year.

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Roadside Assistance Coverage


Free Scheduled Maintenance


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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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