2011 Volvo C30 Performance

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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.

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