2013 Volvo C30

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2013 Volvo C30
2013 Volvo C30

New For 2013

Automatic windshield wipers and headlight washers are standard for 2013. A new Premier trim level includes a sunroof, a power driver’s seat with memory, a load cover, and an auto-dimming mirror. Premier Plus gains Keyless Drive and xenon headlights. The limited-edition Polestar bumps the turbo’s output to 250 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. Only 250 will be produced.


The C30 now faces increasing competition from other compact luxury cars, but it still has the upper hand when it comes to looks with its unique glass liftgate, long side glass, and chopped tail. Even though it is 8.4 inches shorter, the C30 is built on the same platform and shares a wheelbase with the S40 sedan (no longer available in the United States), so it feels quite roomy inside. The rear buckets—there is seating only for four—are spacious enough to comfortably accommodate two adults. Despite the C30’s diminutive overall footprint, there is a reasonable amount of cargo space, thanks to the hatchback body style. The C30’s interior is a fine example of Scandinavian design. Its center stack is clean and symmetrical, although there are too many buttons of the same size. The 227-hp turbocharged five-cylinder is reasonably engaging, but the driving experience leans more to the side of luxury than do some of the C30’s more enthusiast-oriented competitors, such as the Volkswagen GTI and the Mini Cooper. Shoppers looking for more substance with their style should opt for the optional Polestar upgrade that nets 23 extra horsepower. The C30 is the only car in its class to offer a blind-spot monitoring system, which shouldn’t be a surprise, since safety has long been a hallmark of the Swedish automaker.


Front, side, and side curtain air bags; ABS; and traction and stability control are standard. A blind-spot monitoring system is optional.

You'll like:

  • Cool exterior design
  • Sprightly powerplant
  • Roomy rear seats

You won't like:

  • Detached driving experience
  • Hard-to-use center stack
  • Sluggish navigation system

Key Competitors For The 2013 Volvo C30

  • Audi A3
  • Mini Cooper
  • Volkswagen GTI
Volvo C30 Electric Front Charging Platform
It appears that Volvo is investing heavily in electric car technology. Following our report last week on innovations in battery technology, Volvo has successfully completed a 17-month study on the potential of inductive, wireless charging for electric vehicles.
Volvo C30 Polestar 2010 STC Cup Title
The stylish Volvo C30 three-door hatch may be on its way out after a six-year model run, but the production manifestation of the 2001 Volvo SCC concept car won't be soon forgotten. Volvo's in-house tuning and motorsports division Polestar put together this short video compiling some of the highlights of the C30's on-track milestones.
2011 Volvo C30 Rear Three Quarter 2
Volvo has confirmed that it will stop selling the C30 hatchback by the end of this year. In an emailed statement, a spokeswoman told us today that "we have made the decision to discontinue C30 production."
2013 Volvo C30 Polestar Limited Edition Front View
The Volvo C30 hatchback never caught on in the U.S. like the newer S60 compact sports sedan, but a new special-edition model may spark a bit more interest for the 2013 model year. The $32,445 Volvo C30 Polestar edition will be limited to 250 units in the U.S., and arrives in dealerships in November.

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2013 Volvo C30 Specifications

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2.5L I5Engine
Fuel economy City:
21 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
29 MPG
227 hp @ 5000rpm
236 ft lb of torque @ 2300rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
50,000 miles / 60 months
50,000 miles / 60 months
Unlimited miles / 144 months
Unlimited miles / 60 months
50,000 miles / 60 months
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
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NHTSA Rating Front Side
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NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
IIHS Overall Side Crash
IIHS Best Pick
IIHS Rear Crash
IIHS Roof Strength
IIHS Front Small Overlap

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