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2008 (58) Volvo C301.6D R DESIGN Sport 3dr

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Standard specification

Driver Convenience

Cruise controlExterior temperature gauge
Intelligent driver information system (IDIS)PAS

Exterior Features

Day running lightsElectric front windows
Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrorsFront fog lights
Headlamp levellingHome safe and approach lighting
Matt Silver grilleR Design body kit
Rear spoilerRear wiper
Side marker illuminationSilver door mirrors
Tinted windows 

Interior Features

4 three point seatbeltsAluminium sports pedals
Driver's seat height and lumbar adjECC electronic climate control with AQS
Front centre armrestFront cupholders
Front reading lightsFront storage box
Head restraints for all seatsHeight/reach adjustable steering column
Illuminated driver/passenger vanity mirrorsIsofix attachments on rear seats
Leather handbrake leverLeather sports steering wheel and gear knob with aluminium inserts
Passenger seat height/lumbar adjustmentPollen filter
Rear centre armrestSplit folding rear seats
Sports seatsSteering wheel audio controls
WHIPS - Whiplash Protection System 


ABS + EBD + EBADSTC-Dynamic Stability and Traction Control
Dual stage Driver/Passenger AirbagsFront/rear seatbelt pre-tensioners
Inflatable curtainSIPS airbags


Anti theft alarmDeadlocking system
ImmobiliserKey integrated remote control central locking
Level sensorLocking fuel filler cap
Locking wheel nuts 


Dynamic chassis 


Blue instrument dialsDeco aluminium trim
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification


CO2 (g/km)129Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 4

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC1560Compression Ratio18.3:1
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders4
Cylinders - Bore (mm)75Cylinders - Stroke (mm)88.3
Gears5 SPEEDNumber of Valves16

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)57.6EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)67.3EC Urban (mpg)45.6


Badge Engine CC1.6Badge Power109
Coin DescriptionDCoin SeriesR DESIGN Sport
Insurance Group 18Insurance Group 2E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years8Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3
EURO NCAP Front and Side Impact test - Star Rating.5EURO NCAP Pedestrian test - Star Rating.1
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage60000Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3
Vehicle Homologation ClassM1 


0 to 62 mph (secs)11.9Engine Power - BHP109
Engine Power - KW80Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM4000Engine Torque - LBS.FT177
Engine Torque - MKG24Engine Torque - NM240
Engine Torque - RPM1750Top Speed118


Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front205/50 R17
Tyre Size Rear205/50 R17Tyre Size SpareTYRE SEALANT KIT
Wheel StyleSERAPISWheel Type17" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Width (including mirrors)2039 

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)52Gross Vehicle Weight1780
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)1010Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)364
Max. Loading Weight399Max. Roof Load75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked1300Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked650
Minimum Kerbweight1381No. of Seats4
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb10.6
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

Volvo C30

By Steve Walker


What do Volvo cars mean to you? They're Swedish, they're safe and they tend to be a little bit boxy. If that roughly sums up your knowledge of the brand, it's about time you gave it another chance. For a long time Volvo did appear to be trapped in a square prison from a design standpoint but things changed and the C30 hatchback was as instrumental as any model in changing them. The C30 is certainly Swedish and it's very safe but its designers were clearly thinking well outside the box. The C30 was Volvo's attempt at cashing in on the burgeoning market for premium hatchbacks. That's family hatchback sized cars with premium badges and, hopefully, more of an upmarket theme. The major players in this sector have traditionally been the BMW 1 Series and the Audi A3 but Volvo believed it could muscle in with an overtly sporty little number of its own. The C30's sleek lines borrow heavily from the P1800 ES, the Volvo used by Roger Moore in the original Sixties TV series of 'The Saint', though also employ a big modern twist.


The C30 emerged with a comprehensive engine range right off the bat. There was nothing new about any of the units with Volvo simply using the powerplants from its S40 saloon and V50 estate ranges. Petrol-wise, there were 1.6, 1.8, 2.0 and 2.4 litre options but buyers could also opt for the fiery performance of the 2.5-litre turbocharged engine or take a more environmentally-friendly route with a version of the 1.8 which could run on E85 bio ethanol. Diesel customers had 1.6D, 2.0D and 2.4D engines to consider. When the car was launched in October 2006, the trim levels were S, SE, SE Sport and SE Lux but these were later supplemented by the slick looking R-Design variants. The R-Design Sport and R-Design SE Sport models were introduced in July 2007 with more extrovert body-styling kits and sporty interior trim upgrades. They gave the C30 a useful dose of extra attitude. Late in 2008, Volvo announced the eco-friendly DRIVe version of the 1.6D model.

What You Get

The C30 has room for four adults, the rear seats folding flat to form a useful loading space in the back when you have only two on board. Although it shares the same wheelbase as the S40 saloon, the tape measure shows this car to be fully 22cm shorter and it shares not one panel with its four-door stablemate, instead offering a very different look and feel. It scarcely seems possible that so much was pared from the overhangs of the saloon car but such is the wheel-at-each-corner stance of the C30 that it measures just 4,248mm from stem to stern. That inevitably means that bootspace is at something of a premium but at 433 litres, it's not too bad and you can always extend it to 947 litres by flattening the split-folding rear seat. The oddly shaped hatch opening may present problems when loading bulky items. There are fascinating design touches everywhere you look around the car, from the 'floating' instrument panel to the horseshoe tail lamps, the deep arc of the rear glass and the pumped-up Volvo shoulders that run from the front to the rear lights in one uninterrupted sweep. Some things are reassuringly Swedish. Safety hasn't been skimped on and as well as the usual airbags and seat belt tensioners, the C30 serves up WHIPS (Whiplash Protection System), SIPS (Side Impact Protection System) and there was even the option of the BLIS (Blind Spot Information System).

What to Look For

The C30 is solidly built and owners report few significant problems. Even in the hands of motoring journalists - traditionally some of the most neglectful drivers around - the C30 has proven a doughty counterpart. Look for worn tyres and brakes on the T5 model as these may have been driven hard. If you wear jewellery, it's worth bearing in mind that some of the interior plastics scratch fairly easily.

Replacement Parts

(approx based on a 2007 T5) A clutch assembly is around £180, whilst an exhaust system is in the region of £350. Front brake pads will require the thick end of £60, whilst rears are £50 a pair. A new alternator will be £170, but a new starter motor is a fairly reasonable £110.

On the Road

The engine range on the C30 is agreeably broad, taking in everything from the modest 100PS 1.6-litre petrol unit, to the decidedly immodest 230PS T5 turbo five-cylinder powerplant more widely renowned as the engine that flings the Ford Focus ST up the road. In between these two in the petrol line-up lie 125PS 1.8, 145PS 2.0 and 170PS 2.4i engines. Diesel drivers get the choice of a 109PS 1.6D, also available in eco-friendly 'DRIVe' guise. Plus there are 136PS 2.0D and 180PS D5 units. Your only other option is the 1.8-litre FlexiFuel engine that can run non normal unleaded or renewable E85 bioethanol. On the road, the more powerful C30 models can feel slightly nose heavy but traction is so good that when you get it right, the car just slingshots out of a bend with no drama, and very little in the way of torque steer. The T5 petrol unit also produces one of the most infectious engine notes around. Wet traction off the line isn't the greatest but lateral grip is superb. If you want to really exploit the C30's performance, you'll need to steer clear of the automatic option which really takes an edge off the car's punch. The six-speed manual version is certainly the smart pick, although an advanced, automatic twin clutch transmission called Volvo Powershift is also available.


If you thought Volvos were dull, the C30 could be the car to relieve you of that misapprehension. It's an attractively styled small hatchback with lots of character and design flare. There are better executed cars in the premium hatchback class but few that make more of a statement than the Volvo C30.


** MPG figures are obtained in laboratory testing and intended for comparisons between vehicles. Please be aware they're not intended to represent real world efficiency.

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