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QUALITY | 6 out of 10
Both taller and shorter drivers declared the driver seat a hit, thanks to its supportive seat bottom and artfully shaped seatback
standard suspension was jarring enough over the terrible streets in Chicago
the R-Design’s chassis changes make for a harsh ride at times
Car and Driver
two modestly sized adults actually can fit in those individual aft perches, but only if another pair of considerate sub-six footers is sitting ahead
Kelley Blue Book
Though the C30 has been with us for several years now, its interior design is still a knockout. The thin center stack panel "floats" between the dashboard and the console on the tunnel, leaving an open space behind it for storage. It's not the easiest space to reach, but the effect is still striking. The front seats are stitched in an attractive two-tone pattern, with thread colored to contrast, and soft-touch materials cover most of the points where occupants will touch the interior of the C30.
But the 2012 Volvo C30 is still a small three-door compact, and space inside is sparse. Tall drivers will want to avoid the sunroof, which cuts further into headroom that's hardly abundant to start with. The two bucket seats in the rear aren't quite sized for full-scale human adults, and those who manage to clamber back into them won't be happy. Cargo space is disappointing too. The glass rear hatch is a great style piece, but the opening is narrow and the cargo floor is high. That means that you are forced to trade off rearward visibility for storage space--a safety anomaly, especially for the Volvo brand.
The ride comfort is no more than adequate. The suspension is firm, and it doesn't absorb sudden jolts particularly well. The car can get boomy over roads with coarse surfaces, which indicates to us that the C30 has fallen behind in noise suppression and insulation compared to Volvo's other, newer and more luxurious models.
The impressive and stylish interior of the 2012 Volvo C30 is surprisingly tight for adults, with precious little rear-seat or cargo space, and the suspension and noise suppression isn't very refined.