2012 Volvo C30 T5 2-Door Hatchback Review

Friday May 4th, 2012 at 9:55 AM
Posted by: D.Colman

By David Colman

For: : Lithe Lines, IKEA Interior, Wheel-spinning Power
Against: Touchy Clutch Tip-in, Nil Rear Seat Headroom

Volvo’s been down this road before. Forty years ago, they took their 2 seat sports car, the P1800, added 2+2 seating, station wagon storage accessible through a hatchback, and called the result the P1800ES. They resurrected that once successful formula by bringing the C30 to market several years ago. In 2012 form, the C30 has matured into a very handsome, useful and affordable hatchback. Volvo’s frequent forays into worldwide sedan racing have yielded dividends in refashioning the C30’s aerodynamic contours. These racing program refinements, called “R-Design” tricks, contribute new front and rear spoilers as well the honeycomb front grill. With the help of this trim package, the C30 presents one of the loveliest silhouettes on the road. Its appearance is as memorable as that of the P1800ES was in its day.

Let’s get acquainted with the C30 by climbing aboard for a test hop. You’ll need to drop down and in because the C30 is only 57 inches tall. Immediately impressive is the R-Design two-tone look of the interior, with front and rear seat cushions split into dazzling black and cream segments. Flop into the deep front buckets, and they feel even more supportive than they look. But if you’re climbing into the back seat, the drill is more complicated, First, use the handy seat-top button to slide the front seat forward. Then tilt the front seatback forward, push the safety harness aside, duck your head way down, and twist yourself into one of the two rear seats. Once ensconced back there, you’ll love the lounge chair seating position, and appreciate the big window next to your head, but rue the lack of headroom due to the C30’s sloped roofline.

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2012 Volvo S60 T6R Review

Tuesday February 14th, 2012 at 11:22 AM
Posted by: D.Colman

By David Colman

Pros: Snarling performance, Extreme safety shell, Indolent comfort
Cons: Sedate looks

Volvo skipped the 2010 model year in order to bring the S60 back in 2011 as a completely revamped product. For 2012, the company is enhancing the S60’s sporting proclivity by offering an “R” version of the standard T6 (turbocharged 6 cylinder) motor to increase horsepower from 300 to 325 and torque from 325 to 354 lb.-ft. In addition to this Polestar Performance Tuning, the R package also includes such R Design niceties as 18 inch alloy wheels, sport chassis, front spoiler and intake, rear spoiler and diffuser with polished exhaust tips, sport seats with embossed logo, ribbed aluminum pedals, blue watch design instrument faces, and perforated leather sport steering wheel and shift knob. In other words, it’s pretty hard to ignore Volvo’s sporting intention in building this R variant of the S60: it’s the quickest sedan Volvo has ever built.

The R Design is a treat to drive. Even though the 235/40R18 Continental ContiSportContact 3 tires are rated for all-season use, they function remarkably well in dry conditions. As the S60 reaches the limits of adhesion, the Contis make a reassuring chirp at each apex to let you know their full adhesion has been reached. The all-wheel-drive sport chassis of the S60 is similarly telegraphic, issuing clear messages about road condition, tire grip and car position through both the chunky steering wheel, and the nicely retained seat of your pants. This Volvo is a carefully calibrated precision instrument for quick sports motoring. The steering feedback can be altered to suit your taste, with three settings available (low, medium or high feedback). The S60 R also offers an Active Chassis management plan which allows you to tailor ride and handling to your taste, with comfort, sport and advanced settings instantly available through dash button manipulation.

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2013 Volvo S60 R-Design

Tuesday November 1st, 2011 at 2:1111 PM
Posted by: AKramer

By Alex Kramer


  • Gutsy turbocharged V6
  • Well-balanced ride
  • High quality interior
  • Good fuel efficiency


  • Outdated 6-speed automatic transmission
  • Handling is a bit soft for a high performance sports sedan

Ask any car enthusiast what they think of Volvo, and most will probably comment on the unique boxy exterior design, or the brand’s extensive focus on safety, or the practicality of a wagon with more trunk space than most SUVs. Discussions of performance or driving excitement probably won’t enter the picture.

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2011 Volvo XC60 R-Design Review – It’s got the brawn, but who’s got the brains?

Tuesday August 2nd, 2011 at 4:88 PM
Posted by: bclark

2011 Volvo XC60
By Bill Clark


  • Turbo V6 feels like a V8
  • Exterior and interior styling
  • Very comfortable
  • Versatile cargo capabilities


  • Mind-baffling electronics
  • Useless proximity key
  • R-design rear bumper not compatible with receiver hitch

Having tested a number of small crossovers, I can say with certainty that the Volvo XC60 is almost the perfect family crossover and certainly one that provides enough ‘fun factor’ to entertain car enthusiasts. I never expected to say that about a Volvo crossover. If it wasn’t for the frustrating vehicle electronics menu systems, I’d call it perfect.

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Discover Volvo's Overseas Program and Win a Dream Vacation

Thursday April 7th, 2011 at 10:44 AM
Posted by: Derek


Volvo. Sweden. You.

Discover Volvo’s Overseas Program and Enter to Win a Dream Vacation at http://www.carplusvacation.com/

ROCKLEIGH, N.J. (April 7, 2011) – Volvo Cars of North America’s (VCNA) Overseas Delivery Program has become the number one European overseas delivery service by offering car buyers an opportunity to save money and an unforgettable way to pick up their new vehicle – straight from the factory in Sweden. Now, for the third year, VCNA, along with VisitSweden, Tourism in Skåne and the West Swedish Tourist Board are bringing back their http://www.carplusvacation.com/ sweepstakes and offering a chance for two lucky people to win a dream vacation in West Sweden and Skåne.

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2011 Volvo S60 T6 AWD First Impressions Review

Wednesday February 2nd, 2011 at 11:22 AM
Posted by: D.Colman

By contributing editor David Colman


  • Succinct styling
  • Swedish modern dash and center stack
  • Mega grip from AWD


  • Intrusive Technology Package
  • No manual transmission available
  • Lack of paddles on Geartronic automatic

We’ve had cars nagging us for so many years now that we’ve become virtually immune to their strident demands. But seat belt warning buzzers and door-open chimes seem so quaintly 20th century in the face of the brave new world Volvo has wrought with their all new 21st century S60. If you order a base model S60 T6, you’ll pay $37,700 for a comfortable, stylish and competent GT car with lots of solid virtues, like a 300hp turbocharged engine, all-wheel-drive, and plenty of room for 4, or 5 in a pinch. The trunk is large, the rear seats fold flat to convert the S60 into a mini-wagon, and the level of fit and finish in the cabin is Swedish fastidious.

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2011 Volvo S60 Review – Naughty by Nature

Friday January 28th, 2011 at 9:11 AM
Posted by: gmchan_66

By Gary Chan


  • Impressive engine and suspension
  • Quiet cockpit
  • Driver comfort and controls
  • Active Cruise Control


  • Lack of keyless entry at this price point
  • Navigation input/lag and interface
  • Rear visibility with tall/thick C-pillar that reach the taillamps
  • Bluetooth setup

My family owned a sky blue 1974 Volvo 144 sedan that we purchased new and had for a number of years. My childhood memories of that large car include its heavy feel, slow acceleration and sleeping steering. Absolutely nothing that would stir the senses. Fast forward 37-years, and times have sure changed for the better. Light, nimble, and fast (complete opposites of the 144) are the adjectives I’d use to describe the new redesigned S60 during my long weekend with the car.

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CarReview's Best SUV and Crossover Choices of 2010

Monday October 18th, 2010 at 2:1010 PM
Posted by: ggaillard

best_suv_crossover_2010_300x230Five Standout SUVs/Crossovers – CarReview’s Recommendations for 2010

By Greg Gaillard and the CarReview editorial team

In the 1990s when the practical minivan began to seem passé, consumers turned their heads and wallets to the fledgling Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) market for some excitement to suit their new active lifestyles. The watchful eye of corporate marketing caught the emerging trend and aggressively promoted the ready-for-anything aura of the new Ford Explorer and instantly identifiable Jeep Cherokee. It worked.

Over the next 20 years manufacturers have refined the SUV from an inefficient 4 door truck glazed with rugged styling into some of the more sophisticated vehicles on the market. The crossover refinements have spawned a dizzying array of choices all called SUV or some variation if SUV (Think BMW’s sports activity vehicle designation for its X-series). While today’s models are much better than their forbearers, picking the best SUV/crossover is not as easy as it once was.

CarReview believes the current market has some great SUVs that do something better than the rest. To select the top 5, contributors used criteria that align with the original vision for the segment.

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2010 Volvo C30 R-Design Review – A Saint for the 21st Century

Tuesday September 7th, 2010 at 12:99 PM
Posted by: the911guy

By Dan Tsuchiya


  • Overall attractive styling that brings back the P1800 for the 21st century
  • Zippy engine with power that comes on very early utilizing great torque
  • Built for cold weather
  • Tight cornering prowess always has you looking for the next turn


  • Front seats a bit narrow on the bottom half and no headrest adjustment
  • Price with options getting close to a 1-series BMW
  • Not built for warm climates
  • With good handling comes a stiff suspension

Few shows were as popular in Britain in the 1960s as “The Saint”. The show starred Roger Moore as Simon Templar, a spy with a penchant for gorgeous cars. The classic image of Roger Moore driving his Volvo 1800 sports car in the 1960′s TV show, “The Saint”, endures even today.

On the other side of the Atlantic, hatchbacks have never been largely accepted in the United States except when they were disguised as sports cars like the XKE, 240Z, RX-7, and Pinto (sorry scratch that last one). The Volvo C30, which is a peppy little four seat hot-hatch, comes in deep into competitive territory with the Mazdaspeed3, WRX, GTI, and even the tidy little MINI Cooper S. We would like to think that the Volvo C30 can stand up to its peers, but you be the judge.

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Volvo's Collision Avoidance System Fails, Result Is A S60 Swedish Pancake

Tuesday May 11th, 2010 at 8:55 AM
Posted by: michael.leroy

2011 Volvo S60 CrashHuman error is likely to blame for new safety system failure

Volvo has been touting its collision avoidance system on the new 2011 S60, but there is one problem, in a recent test the system didn’t work. With no driver on board, the S60 slammed into the back of a truck. Evidently the failure was a result of the avoidance system being disabled.

In Volvo’s defense, the system was working perfectly earlier in the day. During the last test, a crash-test-dummy was stuffed into the driver seat and sent on its way. Volvo is claiming the car’s battery was not working right and as a result the system was disabled. Perhaps the system is disabled when the battery is low?

Video of Volvo’s “oopsy” after the jump

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