2011 Volvo C30 Comfort & Quality

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The C30 manages to wow with its interior design, and it's not just the appearance that's impressive. The 'floating' center stack, a thin panel where radio and climate system controls are located, allows an open space with storage just behind. Front seats have an attractive two-tone look, with contrast stitching, and there are soft-touch areas for the elbows.

However, the interior is tight; tall drivers might find themselves surprisingly short on space, as the sunroof cuts precious headroom. The rear seats—configured more as two separate contoured positions with scaled-down proportions—are snug, and adults will complain even if they can wedge in. The cargo space is a bit disappointing, too, with a narrow opening through the glass hatch—and a high cargo floor that doesn't make much of it usable if you want rearward visibility. Such is the sacrifice for the fashionably low packaging.

Ride comfort isn't so great either. The underlying firmness of the suspension results in jarring jolts over potholes and some boominess on coarse surfaces—exposing that noise insulation isn't quite up to the standard of Volvo's other vehicles.

The 2011 Volvo C30 offers an interior that's very impressive in terms of design, materials, and trims but impractically confined for some needs.

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