The 2010 Volvo C30 offers an interior that's very impressive in terms of design, materials, and trims but impractically confined for some needs. Such is the sacrifice for fashion.
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 front bucket seats are firmly bolstered, which may "prompt complaints from the broad beamers among us," according to Car and Driver. Shorter people might find an unusually long reach to access the shoulder belt, especially with the seat adjusted forward. ConsumerGuide notes that there's "ample headroom and legroom" in front, and the seats "are firm yet comfortable and nicely bolstered for spirited cornering." TheCarConnection.com's editors have suggested that the restrictive moonroof design could make the difference.
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, according to the experience of TheCarConnection.com. That makes us wonder what Automobile Magazine was thinking when it declares that the “bucket-style back seats are actually roomy enough to comfortably seat a six-footer.” Other reviewers are more in line with what we've seen. Edmunds notes that a pair of six-footers will "struggle to sit in tandem." Car and Driver specifies that there's space for two passengers in the back as long as "their inseam doesn't stretch more than 30 inches."
The cargo space is a bit disappointing, too, with a narrow opening through the glass hatch and a high cargo floor. Trunk capacity is modest, and golfers will have problems stowing their clubs, although the rear seats fold down to increase cargo space. And the small, oddly shaped glass hatch resists loading and unloading. ConsumerGuide points out that the hatch "leaves cargo plainly visible from the outside—and no cargo cover is available." Kelley Blue Book reports, "Folding the seatbacks increases cargo capacity from 12.9 to 20.2 cubic feet." Motor Trend estimates the cargo space to be smaller (8.2 cubic feet) with the seats folded up and larger (30.9 cubic feet) with the seats folded down.
Reviewers don't leave many comments about materials and build quality for the 2010 Volvo C30, but Motor Trend declares that the interior is "an aesthetically and ergonomically pleasing place to conduct the business of driving."
In following, the C30 has a heft that make it feel more secure but less nimble than some small cars; the suspension is quite firm, though, resulting in jarring jolts over potholes and some boominess on coarse surfaces. Especially with the R-Design's stockier wheels and tires, Volvo’s tuning "makes for an always-firm ride with abrupt vertical motions over sharp bumps," says ConsumerGuide.