2011 Volvo C30 Price, Review & Picture – New Car Reviews, Newly standard on the C30 T5 R-Design is a new sport suspension with firmer springs and shock absorber damping, and a quicker steering ratio. Both the T5 and T5 R-Design have received all-new front styling for 2011 which includes a new fascia, fenders, reshaped headlights, honeycomb grille, and a more prominent Volvo badge. Orange Flame metallic has been added to the exterior color palate, as has an Off Black/Blonde interior trim.

The 2010 XC90 is an SUV and it is the flagship vehicle for Volvo. The 2010 models have only had a few small changes to their design. The XC90 is offered with either a 3.2 Liter inline six churning out 311 hp or it comes with the 4.4 Liter V-8. The XC90 has a single gearbox: the six speed automatic tranny. The SUV has an AWD option when the consumer gets the 3.2 variant, and AWD is a standard with all V-8 engine options.

This SUV is a seven seater, three row vehicle. It has a nice list of features and plenty of safety specs too: a tradition from Volvo. It has a subpar fuel economy though and only gets 15 miles per gallon combined. It uses regular unleaded fuel, so at least it runs on the lowest priced gas. The 3.2 variant only offers 18 mpg combined in the all wheel and front wheel drive variants. The XC90 is a conservative option. If you want a vehicle with greater styling, you can choose the R Design in the 3.2 variants.

The C30 has always been a polarizing design, punctuated by its excessively large, ovoid glass rear hatch (a design cue cribbed from the classic Volvo P1800). In an effort to spice things up out front, the C30 has received a much more aggressive nose for 2011 model year, including reshaped fenders, elongated, flared headlights and a sportier grille. As is the case with its Volvo stablemates, the C30′s interior is a study in Swedish restraint and elegance and features a version of Volvo’s signature waterfall-look center stack as its central attraction. Select the R-Design trim and you’ll get leather seats with an embossed logo, watch-look instruments and an R-Design steering wheel and pedals.

Previous C30s been slightly schizophrenic performers, offering solid measured performance (for instance, a 6.6-second sprint to 60 mph for the manual transmission model) while lacking the tactile feel to match it. The 2011 R-Design’s sport suspension intends to correct that with 30-percent stiffer springs, firmer shocks, and a 10 percent quicker steering ratio.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s testing has resulted in the C30 earning a ‘Good’ rating for front, side, rear and rollover tests (no data is available from the NHTSA). In addition, the C30 includes Volvo’s Whiplash Protection Seating System, while blind spot detection is optional.

Bodystyles: 2-door hatchback
Engines: 2.5L turbocharged I-5
Transmissions: 6-speed manual, 5-speed automatic
Models: T5, T5 R-Design

EPA Fuel Economy
T5 and T5 R-Design: 21 mpg city/29 mpg highway (manual); 21 mpg city/30 mpg highway (automatic)

Price : $24,600 – $26,950