When Volvo introduced the C30 hatchback several years ago, it was an attempt to inject the high-end hatchback market with a bit more panache. Today, the S40 sedan, on which the C30 was modeled, has been discontinued, and so has the line's other sibling, the V50 wagon, but the C30 is still being produced.
The 2012 Volvo C30 includes two new trim levels - the Premier Plus and Platinum options, which are available for both the C30 T5 and the T5 R-Design versions of this car. The former includes power seats in front, LED daytime running lights, and a power sunroof, while the Platinum trim has a navigational system, satellite radio, and a premium stereo. An anti-theft package and Bluetooth connectivity are now standard across the line.
Last year's C30 was given a larger grille, much like the one featured on the XC60 crossover, and that remains in the 2012 version of the car, as does its signature glass hatch, which Volvo says makes the interior of the vehicle feel more open. It also means that the center dashboard controls can be seen from people standing behind the car.
Other exterior features for the 2012 model year include 17-inch wheels on the T5 trim level, and 18-inch wheels on the T5 R-Design, as well as optional adaptive xenon high-intensity discharge headlights and headlight washers and rain-sensing wipers.
Inside the 2012 Volvo C30 you'll find bucket seating for four adults, with the back seats moved slightly more toward the interior of the car, for better forward visibility. The dashboard sports an ultra-thin panel in the center that allows access to climate and audio settings, and other interior features include dual-zone climate control, a trip computer, and a CD stereo with an auxiliary jack. The cloth seats can be upgraded to leather - for a price, and the stereo has an upgrade option as well.
The 2012 Volvo C30 is a front-wheel-drive hatchback, powered by a 227-horsepower, 2.5-liter turbocharged inline five-cylinder engine that pushes out 236 pounds-feet of torque. You'll be able to choose a six-speed manual or upgrade to a five-speed automatic transmission.
Volvo's safety features are fairly standard, and include four-wheel-disc antilock brakes, traction control and an electronic stability system, as well as side-impact and side curtain airbags. There's an optional blind spot notification system and optional head restraints for front passengers as well.
The starting MSRP of the 2012 Volvo C30 ranges from $24,700 to $31,500 depending on the trim, and the fuel efficiency is 21 mpg in the city and 29-30 on the highway.