2013 Volvo C30 Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality

The interior design of the 2013 Volco C30 remains a knockout, even in a class where there are several other more recently updated models. And it manages to pack in a lot of functionality with its Euro-chic cabin appeal. 

At the center of the instrument panel is a thin center stack panel that "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.

The C30 cabin has an impressive instrument panel design, but its tight seating and cargo space could be dealbreakers for some.

Look around the rest of the interior, and you may be a bit disappointed. While front-seat space is generally good, headroom is surprisingly tight with the sunroof; and the two carved-out bucket seats in back aren't really sized for full-scale human adults. Cargo space is disappointingly limited, with a high cargo floor and a narrow opening through the glass hatch--pretty much assuring that you'll block off some of your rearward visibility just in a typical grocery run.

There aren't a lot of other positives to share about the interior, once you get beyond the style points. Ride comfort is no more than adequate; the suspension is on the firm side (although soft when pressed); and the C30's interior can get boomy over coarse highway surfaces--making it a step or two behind Volvo's other models like the S60 and no better than some sharper, edgier hatchbacks in noise or refinement.

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