2013 Volvo C30 Overview
The 2013 Volvo C30 might be most famous for an association with a teen vampire we all know, but has also proved itself to be a solid hatchback with crisp styling and plenty of performance.
2013 will be the final year for the C30; Volvo is stopping production of the four-seat hatchback after this model year. The C30 is based on Volvo’s S40 sedan, but with plenty of inside and out differences. It has a short, stout hood, with oversized wheel wells. The whole car looks a bit squashed to be more aerodynamic, especially in the rear. The C30 comes standard with 17-inch alloys wheels, halogen headlamps, electric door mirrors, headlamp washers, a rear glass tailgate, a power glass moon-roof, and a choice of ten different colors for the metalwork. The options list is quite extensive, probably because the C30 has an evil twin brother called the C30 R-Design. The “R-Design” gets a meaner body kit, larger 18-inch alloy wheels, a rear roof spoiler, and underbody skid plates. Other options include various alloy wheel styles, adaptive Xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights, and mud-flaps.
The interior of the 2013 C30 is just a nice place to be. The standard seats are supportive and lined with “T-Tec,” a blend of wetsuit material and cloth (leather seats are available for an added cost). In addition, air conditioning, 50/50 folding rear seats, Bluetooth/iPod connectivity, an 8-speaker audio system, and a multi-function steering wheel are all standard. The interior options are plentiful, and consist of satellite navigation, automatic climate control, heated seats, a premium 10-speaker sound system, and power-operated front seats. The R-Design interior also adds several unique styling cues, including special trim pieces and sporty seat upholstery.
In the world of small hatchbacks, the C30 must impress on performance if it is to survive. Thus, the C30 gets a turbocharged 227-horsepower, 2.5-liter inline five-cylinder with 236 pounds-feet of torque. The engine can be paired with either a five-speed automatic or a six-speed manual transmission to drive the front wheels. The C30 returns 21/30 mpg city/highway with the automatic, and 21/29 mpg city/highway with the manual. Volvo also offers a “Polestar” package that tweaks the engine’s brain to increase the output to 250-horsepower and 273 pounds-feet of torque. This modification doesn’t have any effect on the efficiency of the engine – so the economy numbers remain the same.
Just as in all Volvos, safety is the number one priority in the 2013 C30. The standard safety features include: six airbags, four-wheel antilock disc brakes, traction/stability control, head-restraints, crush zones, and high strength steel in the passenger compartment. In addition, the Volvo C30 gets an innovative safety system to prevent whiplash. Called “WHIPS,” the system reacts to a rearward collision by cradling the spine and neck to prevent bodily deformation. Reportedly, it has decreased long-term injuries by 50% in its users. The 2013 C30 was awarded a Top Safety Pick award by the IIHS.