TheCarConnection.com experts are impressed with the optional features available on the 2009 Volvo C30, but several of them—such as Bluetooth, satellite radio, and cruise control—should be on the standard-equipment list.
The 2009 Volvo C30 is available in two trim levels: the T5 and T5 R-Design (replacing the 1.0 and 2.0 respectively). The T5 features a new Preferred Package that includes power driver's seat, front fog lights, trip computer, leather parking brake cover, Keyless Drive, and Dynaudio sound system. The R-Design is the luxury model, and it's recognizable by its many special items, such as upholstery with embossed logo, watch dial instrument cluster, grille with matte silver surround, a sport steering wheel, and sport pedals.
The T5 version comes with 205/50R all-weather Michelins mounted on 17-inch alloy wheels and a softer suspension that won't have you reaching for a kidney belt on pothole-riddled roads. "You'll get sure-footed reflexes paired with no-complaints ride smoothness, at least on the acne-free blacktops," says Car and Driver. The T5 R-Design has higher-rate springs, shocks, and sway bars, plus stiffer 215/45 tires mounted on 18-inch hoops. Expect a stiff, more jarring ride, but those who like to feel the road will opt for this package.
According to Kelley Blue Book, the Volvo C30 has standard air conditioning with cabin pollen filter, tilt and telescoping steering column, a driver information system, keyless remote entry, and anti-theft immobilizer system all standard issue. The T5's 160-watt/six-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio package is replaced in the R-Design by a 650-watt/10-speaker setup that includes a six-month subscription to Sirius Satellite Radio. Both audio systems feature an auxiliary input jack. The R-Design also gets unique bodywork, chassis, and interior trim enhancements. A navigation system is optional, as is a Dynaudio sound system.
As Car and Driver says, "Volvo offers a long list of ways to make your C30 more expensive, including a custom-build program in which you ante $300 for a special menu that allows you to pay still more for a la carte items."