2011 Volvo C30 RDesign Firstdrive Review Kelley Blue Book

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2011 Volvo C30 R-Design Review

Despite a distinctive that reprises elements of the classic P1800 ES wagonette debuted over four ago and an engagingly dynamic character, smallest and sportiest offering has to carve out its own market niche rolling onto the scene as a 2008 model. For 2011, Scandinavian alternative to three-door like the iconic Mini S and Volkswagen GTI gains a number of and mechanical enhancements that add new to its character. Are they enough to give the 2011 Volvo C30 T5 a up on its primary rivals?

To find we recently put the enthusiast-grade R-Design through its paces.


Volvo gave both the 2011 Volvo C30 T5 and the R-Design a facelift that brings it in line with new family found on the restyled C70 and all-new S60 Everything forward of the A-pillars hood, fenders, headlamps, and grille — has been in a way that yields a bolder and better-proportioned visual

statement while new Flame Red helps reinforce that

The R-Design cranks things up an notch with its own dedicated kit that brings even aggressive front and rear a unique grille with surround, matte-silver exterior and exclusive 18-inch alloy wrapped in W-rated 215/45 tires. Out back, 3.5-inch dual exhaust finishers the standard C30 T5’s 2.25-inch

Inside, a Swedish-modern sense of dominates, particularly in our car with its off-black leather and Flextech Save for minor flashpoints, metal sport pedals and a of aluminum accents on the dash, and steering wheel, the only color comes from an cluster that features R-Design gauges with faces and red indicator needles.

Like the standard C30 T5, passenger in the R-Design is relatively more in its nicely contoured front than in the 50/50 split rear seat. Contrary to two modestly sized adults can fit in those individual aft perches, but if another pair of considerate footers is sitting ahead. A argument holds for its cargo-toting While the C30’s all-glass looks cool, its odd shape what can effectively be slipped that portal.

And with 12.9 cu ft of basic capacity and a spec of just 20.0 cu ft, it be scoring big points with DIY freaks or yard-sale devotees.

Sharper dynamics

Like the C30 T5, the R-Design comes with a turbocharged inline-five that 227 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque, all of that peak twist on a plateau from 1,500 to rpm. Normally backed by a six-speed manual transmission, our car had the five-speed Geartronic autoshifter. Volvo admits that increases the 0-60 mph time 6.2 seconds to 6.6 ticks, the car still decidedly quick if not blindingly

Leaving the Geartronic in Drive result in some hesitation on downshifts, but engaging its manual resolves the issue nicely ensuring that you’ve got the cog for any given moment.

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Functionally, the change to the 2011 R-Design in its chassis tuning. Volvo to differentiate it both from the C30 T5 as well its 2010 counterpart by spring rates a stout 30 dialing a 20-percent increase its low-speed damping qualities and the steering 10 percent quicker. As a the 2011 iteration feels precise and responsive to all driver and now slices through even the demanding twisties with greater confidence.

The tradeoff comes in the form of impact harshness on rough surfaces, a palpable downside definitely merits consideration in any decision.

The price of exclusivity

a week of spirited driving in premium pocket rocket we away with mixed about its future fate. no question the 2011 Volvo C30 T5 has emerged from its first update even more capable and impressively turned However, it remains a decidedly funrunner, and more important, a sticker that may well a good number of would-be in their tracks. While the C30 T5 at $25,450, the R-Design kicks off at

Our rather heavily optioned car bottom-lined at $32,930—and that’s the $2,000 Multimedia Package adds Navigation and premium

By comparison, the Mini Cooper S at $23,000 and the John Cooper at $29,500 while the VW GTI, our for bang-for-the-buck honors, begins at In fairness, the Volvo has the most engine and boasts a number of standards that cost on its prime rivals. For instance, the sunroof/leather Autobahn Package and 18-inch alloy wheels to the GTI balloons its sticker up to John Works level. That price sensitivity is the real in the pocket rocket realm.

And for all of its merits, we suspect the 2011 C30 T5, and particularly the enthusiast-grade R-Design will continue to struggle to make even modest gains in this competitive

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