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STYLING | 9 out of 10
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.
Car and Driver
a bolder and even better-proportioned visual statement
Kelley Blue Book
The design of the 2013 Volvo C30 is by no means fresh, but it's worn well. Thanks to a mild restyle a couple of years ago, it's kept up to date with a mild frontal restyle bringing new headlamps, reshaped front fenders and hood, and a revised front fascia.
Part of the reason the C30 manages to look so good, year after year, is that it owes a lot to its design inspiration--the 1800ES two-door sport wagon of the early 1970s. With its entirely unique sheetmetal, and its role as the only two-door hatchback in the Volvo range, the C30 carries that torch.
You can also see some of that retro-futuristic design inspiration in the C30's all-glass rear hatch, complete with a shoulder line over the rear wheels. The effect is a rakish silhouette that's distinctive and appealing. Contrasting trim helps outline the wheel wells, and large wheels give the look of a fastback coupe more than the upright three-door hatchback it arguably is.
The interior design of the 2013 C30 remains a big part of its charm. With Volvo's now-familiar "floating" center stack holding the sound system controls as well as those for the climate system, leaving room for a clever storage space just behind that panel and atop the shift tunnel, there's space for all sorts of smaller items, mostly out of view. And the modern and sophisticated themes are kept up inside with clean, simple aluminum trim inlays with a honeycomb pattern.
The racy shape and retro cues of the 2013 Volvo C30 will charm, even against some of the latest hot-hatch models.