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With a racier shape than nearly any other small hatchback, and an especially handsome hatch, the C30 won't disappoint stylistas inside or out.
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an unabashedly adorable, uniquely tailored package

The 2011 nose job in concert with the R-Design package almost managed to convince us that the C30 is a real hot hatch.
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a bolder and even better-proportioned visual statement
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From the front, it's easy to peg the 2011 Volvo C30 as a truncated, hatchback version of the S40 sedan and V50 wagon. Indeed, they're related, but those similarities only do hold from the front. The C30 has unique sheetmetal all around, and from the rear it's nothing like those other more conventional-looking models.

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.


With a racier shape than nearly any other small hatchback, and an especially handsome hatch, the C30 won't disappoint stylistas inside or out.

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