C30 is a compact sports car from Volvo that is intended for young drivers who are sporty. Although compact but the most expressive designed of all Volvo, it has a stylish interior with a unique and ultra-slim Volvo center stack, four adult passenger seats and extensive baggage for easy loading.
Including a crucial sports car for Volvo, which brings to the market a new sector for cars that are compact, sporty and expressive.
Born from the style of the previous Volvo Design Concept, which was first shown at the 2006 North American International Car Show in Detroit. C30 is a modern development of Volvo’s current design. C30 has the widest shoulder and the most expressive line. The Volvo C30 is a car that will involve buyers emotionally.
Volvo expects C30 to attract young people without families. And for adventurous young people, who might just leave home and want a sleek and sporty yet functional car.
The Volvo C30 has four separate seats. The rear seat is mounted to the center line of the car, increasing the head and shoulder room.
The distinctive glass tailgate offers exceptional rear visibility, as does the large rear side window, which smoothly curves to the rear provides the benefit of a three-quarter rear view.
There is a choice of seven engines (four gasoline and three diesel), including four and five cylinder units. The gasoline range includes a 100 PS 1.6 liter, 125 PS 1.8-liter light, efficient, 145 PS 2.0-liter, plus one five-cylinder model – 230 PS T5 that can reach 0-60 mph in 6.2 seconds. Three diesel engines including a lower CO2 emissions engine 109 PS 1.6D DRIVe and 136 PS 2.0D, plus five cylinder Volvo, 2.4 liters, 180 PS D5.
Strengthening Volvo’s long-standing commitment to environmental preservation, the model with 1.6D engine will be equipped with a series of efficiency improvement features to reduce CO2 emissions to below 120 g / km and increase fuel economy. These models are marked with the DRIVe symbol to signal enhanced environmental properties. The new Start / Stop technology is also available on DRIVe 1.6D to further reduce CO2 emissions to only 104 g / km and offers fuel savings of up to 72.4 mpg.
The Volvo C30 is a compact and lightweight car with the consequent benefits of agility, performance and fuel economy. With a length of 4.25 m, 22 cm shorter than the smallest Volvo model at the moment, the S40.
The Volvo C30 is also a very safe car in an accident. Curtain airbags protect front and rear passengers, and other safety equipment including seat belt tensioners, Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS) and Side Impact Protection System (SIPS) plus SIPS and IC (Curtain Inflatable) airbags. In addition, each Volvo C30 has DSTC (Dynamic Stability and Traction Control), and ABS brakes with EBD (Electronic Brake Distribution) and EBA (Electronic Brake Aid).
Reviewing the Volvo C30 Design Concept
The story of the Volvo C30 began in 2001. The Volvo C30 design was created under the design director Peter Horbury. There is a V-angle hood, wide and protective shoulders, soft edges, a plump cut tail.
All special features are maintained for production – angled headlamps, low and wide grille, sloping roof, contoured side window shape (which narrows further towards the rear of the car, when shoulders widen), and glass truck interior that offers rear visibility very good and extraordinary comfort. Rear spoiler, mounted on the back of the roof (available on the R-DESIGN and R-DESIGN SE models and on all engine versions D5 and T5), increases downforce and is also maintained from the C30 Design Concept. Likewise the large upright tail lights that restrict the rear door of the glass and wrap both the rear shoulder and roofline. (The 1800ES, incidentally, has a completely different taillight, positioned below the rear body.)
Reviewing Volvo C30 Interior Design
The Volvo C30 has a length of 4.25 meters. The C30 is not a big car, but its spacious cabin gives the impression of a very large car. Volvo’s iconic ‘floating’ center console is now available in new material
One of the most elegant parts of interior design is the ultra-slim modern center console, similar to the revolutionary design that was first introduced in the S40 saloon. A handsome console, which seems to be floating, contains most switches and important controls and contributes to simple, simple, and very Scandinavian interior design, which does not have a lot of confusing switchgear.
The middle stack is available in three different layers. Apart from the standard Baauxite finish. The middle stack is also available in Aluminum and Aluminum Deco R-DESIGN which is available only on the R-DESIGN model.
The rear luggage area is spacious, versatile and easy to load. Separate rear seats are folded separately, so you can have a Volvo C30 two, three or four seats. The back folds almost flat to the floor; they are completely flat when there are heavy items placed on top.
The rear glass door gives a wide and long opening area. Very low load height (807mm, or just more than two feet) increases ease of use. The luggage compartment is very large. This is 433 liters when both rear seats rise but increase to 947 liters when the rear seats are folded. As important as volume is the length of the load; with both rear seats folded, the carrier length is 1534mm, or more than five feet. Two payload covers – one standard hard and one soft which is a no-cost option – keeping cargo loads from the outside view.
Reviewing Engine Power
All C30s are front-wheel drive, which offer more predictable handling and better traction than rear drive. Transverse engine design improves space efficiency – side spatial layout requires less forward / rear space. This also increases security by creating a broad crumple zone in the engine compartment. The five-cylinder engine – which is naturally longer than a four-cylinder engine – can only be accommodated transversely because of its very compact design.
Buyers get a lot of choices with the new Volvo C30, and that includes the engine. From a four-cylinder 1.6-liter gasoline engine, to five cylinders, 230 PS T5.
The combination of light kerbweights and 100 PS, 1596cc, 1.6 engine provides a top speed of 115mph and acceleration from 0-60mph in 11.2 seconds with 150Nm of torque at 4,000rpm, emissions of 167 g / km and 40.4mpg in combination cycles.
The 1798cc engine, 1.8 gasoline increases power to 125 PS, and torque increases by 15 Nm, to 165 Nm at the same rpm. The maximum speed increases to 124 mph and acceleration 0-60 is reduced to 10.2 seconds. The emissions are 174 g / km with fuel savings of 38.7 mpg in the combined cycle.
The 1999cc petrol engine, 2.0 produces 145 PS with 185 Nm of torque at 4,500 rpm and emissions of 177 g / km. This is the best performing four-cylinder gasoline model with a top speed of 130mph, an economy of 38.2 mpg in a combined cycle, and acceleration from 0-60 which only requires 8.8 seconds.
The Volvo C30 comes with one Volvo five-cylinder gasoline engine. This engine is amazingly compact for a five-cylinder unit, and is one of the most sophisticated gasoline engines available.
The fastest Volvo C30 is 230 PS, T5. It uses the famous and popular Volvo lightweight pressure turbo, 2521cc, a five-cylinder engine. Not only is it strong in absolute performance, but its broad torque makes it very responsive to broadband. The maximum torque of 320 Nm comes from only 1,500 rpm and is available up to 5,000 rpm. The engine offers an extraordinary blend of performance and economy. The top speed is 149 mph, acceleration from 0-60 mph takes 6.2 seconds, while giving 32.5 mpg in the combined cycle.
The Volvo 2.5-liter D5 common-rail diesel engine is now one of the cleanest and most sophisticated diesel engines in the world. The latest enhancements to the D5 engine produce an entirely new driving experience with much higher performance and at the same time there has been a sharp reduction in emissions. Particle filters that do not require service are installed, making an alternative engine that is very environmentally friendly.
On the Volvo C30, the D5 produces 180 PS and a large torque of 400 NM in a very wide rotation range (from 2000-2750rpm). It comes standard with a six-speed manual gearbox with automatic Geartronic five-speed available as an option. The maximum speed is 140mph and acceleration 0-60 only takes 7.3 seconds. Despite its excellent performance, the combined fuel economy for the D5 is 45.6mpg with emissions of 164g / km.
A 1997cc, 2.0D is also available, increasing power to 136 PS and maximum torque of up to 320 Nm at 2000rpm. 2.0D comes with a six-speed manual gearbox, with Powershift available as an option.
The CO2 DRIVe sub-120g / km range shows Volvo’s ability to produce increasingly efficient vehicles with an extraordinary economy to compete with even the smallest diesel engines. With the help of special DRIVe wind deflectors and lowered chassis, the highly efficient Volvo C30 with DRIVe engine 109 PS 1.6D offers CO2 emissions of only 119 g / km, allowing customers to benefit from a low L35 tax per year C. Cycle fuel consumption now offers up to 62.8 mpg on the combined cycle.
All DRIVe models benefit from a lowered chassis – the height in all three models has dropped by 10mm. This lower ground clearance reduces fuel consumption at the same time by lowering the center of gravity which, consequently, has a positive effect on the handling of the car. Front airflow deflectors have also been formed into the body in front of the front wheels to help channel airflow and lower, front lip spoilers have been added.
The road wheel design is another development area and the drag force has been cut with the adoption of 16-inch diameter alloy wheels with a flush style dubbed the Diamond Cut Libra (optional upgrade to alternative alloys available). As for tires, Volvo is working with Michelin to develop compounds with uncompromising handling and wear characteristics coupled with low rolling resistance.
Further economic benefits are made by optimizing engine and gearbox management software and introducing electrohydraulic steering. There is also a Gear Shift Indicator that tells the driver the optimal time to change gears and achieve better fuel consumption. The last ingredient is the low friction transmission oil used in the gearbox. Individually, modifications may appear small, but combined they produce a dramatic effect on overall efficiency.
DRIVe enhancements are available at all trim levels including the R-DESIGN specification inspired by sports to offer low emission levels and the highest level of visual appeal. The changes specified above allow the car to maintain a full R-DESIGN bodykit including front and rear spoilers, lower door trims and side skirts and a roof and lip spoiler and five spoke 17-inch alloy wheels. The interior also carries all the known R-DESIGN features such as Flex-Tec cream and off-black leather seats, R-DESIGN center stacks and fast blue instruments.
Volvo C30 1.6D DRIVe with Start / Stop reduces CO2 emissions by up to 104 g / km
To reduce CO2 emissions by up to 104 g / km, the Volvo C30 1.6D DRIVe is also available with features of further efficiency improvements. One of them is the smart Start / Stop function that allows the engine to turn off when the car jams.
The Volvo C30 1.6D DRIVe with the same Start / Stop modification features like the standard DRIVe 1.6D car, but they also benefit from underbody body panels for better aerodynamics, closed grille, DRIVe rear spoiler, and rear diffuser.
The DRIVe model is also equipped with two smart new features. The first is the Start / Stop function that allows the engine to shut down when the car jams.
When the driver puts the gear lever to a neutral position and releases the clutch when stuck, the engine turns off. The next time the driver presses the clutch, the engine starts again. This technology has reduced fuel consumption and hence CO2 emissions of 4-5 percent in mixed driving conditions. Start / Stop technology is very effective in urban traffic, when savings can reach 8 percent.
When the car jams and the engine is shut down, some electronic systems such as air conditioners drop to the standby level to save fuel. However, the Volvo Start / Stop system continuously monitors the comfort level and automatically reactivates the AC if, for example, the temperature rises in the passenger compartment. The system does not set limits for features that focus on convenience such as sound systems or other facilities that residents want to maintain.
This innovative monitoring system is possible because of the additional small battery that supports a larger battery by providing extra power. Thanks to this extra battery, the Volvo DRIVe model also has a fast and smooth start-up feature. The audio system also remains unaffected when the starter motor is activated. This distinguishes Volvo Car solutions from other systems offered by competitors. Larger standard batteries have also been upgraded to handle up to 175,000 Start / Stop cycles.
Drivers continue to receive feedback about the status of the system through display information in the car. Start / Stop function can be activated and released via the DRIVe button on the center console and in the default settings, this function is activated.
The second new feature in C30 DRIVe 1.6D with Start / Stop is a regenerative cost facility. This charges the battery as soon as the driver releases the accelerator or the brake when the gear is activated. By utilizing the kinetic energy of the car, the alternator does not have to use diesel fuel as a power source to recharge the car’s battery. Fuel savings between 2 and 3 percent have been achieved with this function.
Two manual transmissions are offered: the six-speed manual is standard on 2.0D, D5 and T5, while the DRIVe 1.6, 1.8 and 2.0 and 1.6D gasoline engines have a standard five-speed manual transmission.
The five-speed Geartronic transmission, which can be driven either as a conventional automatic or sequential manual without clutch, is available as an option with D5 and T5 engines.
Introduced as an option for 2.0D in early 2008, the Powershift gearbox is a six-speed unit featuring twin wet clutches to provide convenient gear changes from fully automatic transmissions with manual performance.
Operating as two manual parallel gearboxes, Powershift has twin wet couplings that work independently of each other. One clutch controls odd teeth (1, 3, 5 and backwards) while the other handles even ratios (2, 4 and 6). Both grips operate alternately with one pulling while the other releases, like a slip clutch. This means that at the same time when the engine gets full power and maximum thrust in the first gear, the second gear is placed ready to be activated. And when the second gear has been activated, the third gear is prepared, and so on. This provides continuous power flow without interruption in power transmission or loss of torque. This results in very fast and smooth gear changes while maintaining acceleration that allows 0-60mph to be achieved in nine seconds on the Volvo C30.
Apart from the convenience of gear changes and high performance, Powershift also contributes to producing improved fuel efficiency. Powershift Automatic offers combined fuel consumption of 47.9mpg in combined cycles and CO2 numbers 156g / km.
“Lower fuel consumption allied with increased comfort and higher performance sounds like an impossible equation. But with Powershift, we have shown this is very possible,” said Magnus Jonsson, Senior Vice President, Research & Development, Volvo Cars.
Powershift gives the driver an automatic transmission that allows sequential search, as is the case with Volvo Geartronic transmissions. The difference is that with Powershift even manual searches occur without losing time or power. Also, unlike conventional automatic transmissions, the Powershift does not require a torque converter, planetary gears, or some wet couplings, nor are there additional torque losses brought by these features.
DYNAMICS DRIVING: CHASSIS, STEERING AND BRAKES
The new Volvo C30 is a compact and lightweight car. The length is only 4.25 meters, 22 cm shorter than the Volvo S40, for example, and also about 50kg lighter with 1339-1491kg curb weight.
Light weight gives extra agility to the car and reduces fuel consumption. “This light weight is one of the goals for the Volvo C30,” said Mr Abrahamsson. “It would be very easy to hoard pounds. Heavy cars are often better at collisions, so it also allows us to meet our strict safety goals. We refused. Light weight is an important element in C30 agility and sportsmanship. With its very rigid body thanks, we also launched what I believe to be the safest compact car in the world – an achievement. ‘
The suspension is fully independent faster than the other Volvo to help agility, and the electro-hydraulic rack-and-pinion steering wheel has a sporty feel to increase the driver’s feedback.
Fully independent suspension improves handling but also helps drive comfort. The Volvo C30 uses a MacPherson spring struts at the front, a geometry designed to produce fast and precise steering. The rear suspension is a sophisticated multi-link. This fully independent setting allows a small level of passive rear wheel steering when cornering to improve stability and control. Anti roll blades, to ensure flat and arranged handling, installed in front and rear.
Electronic controls improve security and dynamics on the road
Various electronic controls complement the fine-grained mechanical settings. DSTC (Dynamic Stability and Traction Control) is standard on every Volvo C30, preventing wheel spin or skidding by braking wheels that lose traction (up to 25 mph) or, above 25 mph, by reducing engine power. The sensor detects slippage. The corresponding wheel is then slowed to restore control. In each case, the driven front wheels do not have more power than can be safely transferred to the road.
ABS (Anti-lock brakes) are standard on all Volvo C30s with EBD (Electronic Brake Distribution) and EBA (Electronic Brake Assist) to better ensure that the car has maximum calm in the emergency stop and stops as short as possible.
All Volvo C30s get front ventilated disc brakes and solid rear discs. Ventilation helps cool the brakes, and increases braking performance at high speeds or during repeated stops. Models with higher performance (T5 and D5) get 300mm ventilated discs in front, while other versions get 278mm ventilated discs on the front.
Exceptional torsional rigidity improves handling and safety
The monocoque steel body of the Volvo C30 offers excellent torsional stiffness, important for good handling, agility, safety and long life. This lack of ‘flexibility’ allows the sophisticated suspension of the car to do its job well and is an important factor in handling the high speed precision and stability of the car. The sophisticated body design includes the use of high strength materials, including Ultra High Strength Boron steel. This not only increases rigidity, for the sake of handling, they increase the strength of the car, with the benefits of safety and longevity associated.
Volvo is famous for its security. This commitment is as old as the company itself. As Assar Gabrielsson, one of the founders of Volvo, stated: ‘Cars are driven by people. The guiding principle behind everything we make at Volvo, therefore, is – and must be – safe. ‘Volvo has been responsible for some of the most important safety innovations including three-point seat belts (1959), front head restraints (1968), and side airbags (1994).
Like all Volvo, the C30 was developed and tested extensively at the world-renowned company Safety Center in Gothenburg, Sweden, to ensure class-leading safety.
The aim with the Volvo C30 is to match the safety of the larger Volvo S40 (22 cm, or 8.5 inches), one of the safest small sedans in the world. “We were fortunate to use the entire front end structure of the Volvo S40 and V50 Sportswagon sedans,” said Hakan director Abrahamsson. “That ensures that all front-end security issues are taken care of.”
More difficult to engineer is the safety of the rear, because the Volvo C30 has a shorter tail than the sedan.
However, due to the careful use of various levels of steel, including very high strength steel, and a carefully designed deformation process, the Volvo C30 offers the same high level of rear end protection. The rear side members are very important tools: they are designed to absorb most of the impact forces in the early stages of an accident.
Like all Volvo, car structures are divided into different safety zones and different steel classes are used in different areas.
Low-speed deformation zones – the front and rear of the car – can absorb low-speed accidents without damaging the rest of the body structure. The jam box can then be replaced, reducing repair costs.
High-speed deformation zones include members of the lower and upper sides. Made of high strength steel, they are able to absorb very high energy levels – as they should, because there is less space for progressive deformation before reaching the cabin. Upper side members provide significant protection in accidents, especially with larger vehicles.
The reserve zone, around the front pillar, is made of extra high strength steel and acts as a safety guard. This section is very stiff and prevents potentially dangerous objects, such as the front wheel, from entering the cabin area. In addition, rigid cross members connect the A pillar and the lower side members. They form a rigid three-way attachment, which maintains cabin integrity in severe impact.
Compact transverse engines contribute to safety
The machine plays an important role in accident protection. Transverse mounted machines have the advantage of being attached to a longitudinal unit, or fore-aft. They are less likely to enter the cabin area in severe frontal impact, and the forward motion around the engine gives the accident protection system more opportunities to work well, especially in deformation. In addition, the Volvo engine is very compact. The five-cylinder engine is especially neat in its exterior dimensions. In a frontal collision, the engine can be pushed backwards by 150mm before the block makes contact with a very strong cross section near the cabin bulkhead. In such collisions, most parts – including potentially dangerous batteries – move to a predetermined position.
Leading impact protection in class
Apart from a very strong body, the Volvo C30 is equipped with sophisticated safety equipment to protect all occupants. Safety features are all standard throughout the range, Volvo does not believe in two-level safety standards.
Two ‘smart’ front actuation airbags, deployed in two stages depending on the severity of the impact. This reduces the possibility of facial injuries caused by airbags that hit the occupants too hard. Side airbags play an important role in protecting the chest and hips. On the Volvo C30, they are mounted on the outer edge of the front seat, not on the door, so that it is always positioned safely next to the passenger side, regardless of the position or angle of the seat.
A rubber curtain is placed on the headlining, protecting the front and rear occupants. As a side effect, the curtain will expand in several thousand seconds and keep increasing for about three seconds to provide maximum protection.
Airbags are equipped with three-point seat belts with tensioners, mounted on all four seats. Tensioners are activated within a few thousand seconds after a collision and tighten the belt for maximum protection. The front seat belt then ‘gives’ a little so that the driver and passenger of the front seat are protected by the front airbag in a controlled manner. Seat belt reminder systems are installed in the front and rear seats.
SIPS (Side Impact Protection System) prevents side intrusion by eliminating many side impact forces through protective beams, pillars, floors, roofs and other body parts.
WHIPS (Whiplash Protection System) prevents neck and back injuries in rear-end collisions, and is now standard on all Volvo. In the rear end crash, the entire front seat backrest automatically moves to the rear to prevent neck and back tension.
Round edges reduce risk for pedestrians and cyclists
Volvo is not a sharp car; it’s not a style philosophy. This helps reduce injuries to pedestrians and cyclists. Although the Volvo C30’s style is more aggressive and sporty, the front bumper is still softly rounded to provide maximum cushioning when it comes to hitting pedestrians or cyclists. The energy-absorbing properties of a specially designed bumper also reduce foot injuries.
The deep chin spoiler is also a big security asset. This ensures there is little chance that every victim of an unfortunate accident goes under the car. Instead, someone will be thrown onto the car – on the front bumper and hood, specifically designed to cause minimum injury.
The main safety features prevent accidents
Volvo does its best to protect everyone from accidents. What’s more important is trying to prevent accidents from the start. The Volvo C30 is full of features that avoid accidents. These include agility, superb brakes, superb steering, and a number of electronic accident avoidance features that stop slippage and slides.
DSTC (Dynamic Stability and Traction Control) is standard on every Volvo model and prevents wheel spin or slippage with wheel braking that loses traction or by reducing engine power.
ABS (Anti-lock brakes) are standard. EBD (Electronic Brake Distribution) and EBA (Electronic Brake Aid) ensure the car stops at the shortest distance possible and with the maximum number of controls in an emergency.
The Volvo C30 also has excellent visibility, a real advantage for safety. Behind, and behind three quarters, visibility is assisted by a deep glass tailgate and contoured side glass. In addition, the Volvo C30 can be equipped with a BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) that uses a camera mounted on the side door mirror to register if there are other vehicles at the blind spot. A warning light near the mirror tells the driver.
IDIS (Smart Driver Information System) is also standard. This continuously monitors steering wheel movements, accelerator pedal movements, braking control and indicators, and knows how busy the driver is. If IDIS concludes that the driver is fully charged, less important feedback – such as certain warning controls or incoming calls to integrated phones – will be delayed.
The Volvo C30 security system was jointly developed with security experts at Thatcham. C30 is equipped with various features designed to protect against theft, theft, or attack. Electronic immobilizer does not allow to turn on a car without the right key. A dead end makes it difficult to break. Cars are identified with ‘anti-theft’ signs, and audio equipment is an integral part of on-board electronics.
Sophisticated locking systems can be programmed individually through the car’s menu system so that a single ‘blip’ opens all doors or belongs only to the driver. The doors can be locked automatically when the car moves away.
The ‘safe house and approach’ lighting system allows the driver to turn on the lights inside, side marker lights and rearview lights as he approaches. When leaving the car, the headlamps can illuminate the road to the front door before turning off automatically.
The ‘Volvo On Call’ system is a sophisticated telematics program that uses an integrated cellphone and a built-in GPS satellite unit to ensure assistance is available. If the airbag is used in an accident, the Volvo On Call system automatically calls emergency services. Satellites tell you your actual location even if the driver can’t do it. Pressing the red SOS button on the integrated phone makes you go directly to emergency services. If the car breaks down, the ‘Volvo On call’ button directs you directly to the Volvo operator. Vehicle tracking is also available.
The Volvo C30 is made at the Volvo Car Corporation Ghent factory in Belgium, along with the Volvo S40, V50 Sportswagon and XC60. Recently, more than 340 million euros (L230 million) have been invested to make the plant more efficient and environmentally friendly. In each case, substances and processes have been chosen to minimize ecological impacts. These include CFC-free materials, water-borne paint, and pre-treatment of chromium-free body materials.
All materials used in making Volvo C30 have been carefully selected. Eighty-five percent of cars, by weight, can be recycled. Recycled fiber and wood fiber are used in some interior trims, and all plastic components are given special marks to help recycle.
Gallery of 2007 Volvo C30 Specs and Review
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