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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