Check out this Volvo C30 Slideshow
Read more about this short-lived Volvo coupe.
- It was a low-run Volvo model, peak year 53k produced in 2008 model year
- It occupied a difficult space — not focused on true sport or true luxury
- C30 priced above more compelling coupe offerings
- See the Volvo C30 Photos page
- An MVS member’s C30 review
- C30 archives – repairs, tips, thoughts, problems & fixes
The Volvo C30 was a short-lived jaunt from the company’s normal goal of safety and practicality. It was safe, to be sure, but when compared to Volvo’s fleet of other vehicles, the C30 was quick, dainty, and – at times – inconvenient.
With 227HP and 236 ft-lbs of torque, Volvo designed the C30 to be fun and sporty, going so far as calling it a sports coupé, which while technically the C30 might fall under that moniker, is a stretch. It’s much more similar to other premium hatches like the Volkswagen GTI, Mercedes A Class, and Audi A3.
The Volvo C30 was a step away from the company’s typical goals of safety and practicality. It was safe, but also quick, dainty, and – at times – inconvenient. It didn’t sell well. What went wrong?
Despite its eye-catching looks and respectable power, sales of the C30 never really took off and Volvo only manufactured the vehicle from 2008 to 2013. Did the C30 deserve its fast demise? Today, let’s run through what made this car unique and why Volvo pulled the plug after just a handful of years.
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