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The 2011 Volvo C30 doesn't have the edgy feel of a sports car, but most will like its smooth power delivery and docile handling.
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Torque is impressive, and the mill shines in the middle of its power band.

the C30's automatic spoils the fun more than most

Though the Volvo doesn't blow you away with its power--an enthusiast's car it is not--it does feel confident during freeway passing maneuvers and...back-road blasts

the C30’s manual, with its rubbery shifter and feedback-free clutch, doesn’t add any driver involvement
Car and Driver

Leaving the Geartronic in Drive does result in some hesitation on full-throttle downshifts, but engaging its manual mode resolves the issue nicely
Kelley Blue Book

You won't find the 2011 Volvo C30 twitchy or incredibly nimble; overall, compared to what you might expect given the interior it's tuned to feel like a slightly larger, more mature coupe. Power comes in a remarkably linear fashion from the proven 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine, here turbocharged and producing a healthy 227 horsepower. Its peak torque of 236 pound-feet of torque is reached at just 1,800 rpm, so it does very well with the automatic; the standard six-speed manual is also pleasant but a bit notchy.

Because the C30 sends a lot of power to the front wheels, it can scramble side to side a but when accelerating hard on bumpy surfaces at low speed, but overall the C30 handles in a solid and secure way. The C30's long wheelbase lends a stable feel, and relaxed highway cruising, and the steering has a longer ratio compared to other hot hatches—meaning it's less twitchy. At the same time, even with the R-Design package, which adds a stiffer suspension and slightly quicker steering, the feeling of heft, the less sensitive steering, its noticeably nose-heavy layout, and a rather firm suspension conspire to make the C30 feel a little less nimble than other cars its side—even if it delivers when you push it into action.


The 2011 Volvo C30 doesn't have the edgy feel of a sports car, but most will like its smooth power delivery and docile handling.

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