In back, this truly stylish, sporty Volvo looks to Volvo's 1800ES, from the early 1970s, for inspiration, with a smaller, rounded, blacked-out hatch opening. The broad-shouldered sides complement the a rakish silhouette. Large, flashy alloy wheels and lipped wheel wells with dark lower-body and window trim help give the whole design a fastback coupe look from the side.
Inside, the C30 has a design that's unlike the S40, and unlike that of most hot hatches. It's sophisticated and laid-back—a bit of a necessity, given the lower roofline—and it has the now-familiar Volvo 'floating' center stack, a thin panel housing radio and climate controls, with storage space just behind.
For 2011, the C30 line gets a subtle refresh, including a new front fascia, reshaped fenders and hood, and new headlamps, plus inside, a new honeycomb-design aluminum inlay.