Facelifted car due on sale in early 2010
17 September 2009

This is the facelifted Volvo C30, which has been revealed at the Frankfurt motor show.

The front and rear of the car have been redesigned, taking cues from the S60 concept and the recently revealed C70.

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Front-end changes include new panels for the wings and bonnet, and a larger Volvo logo in the restyled honeycomb grille, in line with all the other current models. The air intake has also been enlarged to reflect the design of the XC60's.

The rear has also been tweaked, and buyers can specify the rear bumper assembly in the car's body colour or an alternative colour.

Buyers of all engine variants except the 1.6D DRIVe stop-start model can also opt for a new Sports chassis, which Volvo describes as giving the car "a sharper ride". Changes include sharper steering, a tighter steering ratio that gives a 10 per cent faster response to inputs, increased spring stiffness (up by 30 per cent) and stiffer dampers.

Volvo is also making the polished stainless steel exhausts visible on T5 and D5-powered models, adding metallic orange to the colour choices, and offering two new wheel options, one of which is white.

Interior changes include a range of new upholstery colours.

The C30 can also be specified with a new styling kit, which includes a fog lamp surround and front and rear skidplates.

There are five diesel options, ranging in power from 107bhp to 177bhp, and three petrols, ranging from 99bhp to 227bhp. These include two DRIVe eco models powered by the 1.6-litre diesel engine. The version with stop-start averages 72.4mpg and emits 104g/km of CO2, while the version without the system averages 62.8mpg and emits 119g/km.

The facelifted car will go on sale early in 2010, with prices announced nearer to that date.

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8 September 2009

It will take more than a new set of lights and orange paintwork to transform this car. Our 2007 C30 D5SE looks superb already, but the looks are all too flattering. There is no sense of flair in the cornering, the engine is not anywhere near as good as the pre EU4 163bhp variant, and that darned floppy parcel shelf drives me mad. Economy is a joke, we get between 30-35mpg with our Geartronic 5 speed version, but my similarly sized BMW 135 M Sport can virtually match that with a 3 litre petrol engine. The ride is already too hard, so who'd want the new sporty set up? Not me. The steering lock is dreadful, and for such a small car it takes ages to wash all those plastic design features. In addition there have been 5 visits to Volvo dealers to sort faulty airbags, and we have only done 12,000 miles. If you want a good Volvo get a V70 or 240 estate. Otherwise try something like a Focus which will reward you far more. Disenchanted of Devon [quote Autocar]This is the facelifted Volvo C30, revealed ahead of its public unveiling at next week's Frankfurt motor show next week.

The front and rear of the car have been redesigned, taking cues from the S60 concept and the recently revealed C70.

See the Volvo C30 picture gallery

Front-end changes include new panels for the wings and bonnet, and a larger Volvo logo in the restyled honeyco...Read the full article[/quote]

8 September 2009

The C30 has always been a good looking car. I little weak in the front end but this new styling is better. I assume this will be the look of C40 and V50 as well. The problem has always been that it never drove as well as it looked. Volvo has never been truly been able to crack the ability to make a good handling car. The C30 was is a slight improvement. However it seems odd that being owned by Ford and having access to one of the best suspension engineering of any FWD car on the market today(Mondeo and Focus) that this did not trickle down to Volvo. This is more surprising in that this is a shared platform with Ford and Mazda. Further Volvo has always focused on safety. Is not driver avoidence part of safety!? It really is no excuse. Perhaps this new revised sport package will address some of these failings with version 1. The hard ride could certainly be engineered out. One should not have to go to an after market tuning firm to make this an enjoyable drivers car. On looks alone it deserves a chassis on par or better then a GTI. It is certainly a much prettier car. I even like it better then the Scirocco in looks. The redesign has more agressiveness mixed in with more maturity to my eyes. Overall a good effort. Lets keep the fingers crossed for the supension updates.

8 September 2009

Well done Volvo, you've just bolloxed your two best looking cars with this stupid new droopy front end.

It doesn't bode well for the new S60 then.

Mr C30 owner - I take it you didn't bother driving a C30 before ordering one then ?. You could have picked up most of those issues with a 20 minute test drive.

8 September 2009

Looks ok for a hatchback...

8 September 2009

Terrible! it now looks like its Focus cousin. (not saying Focus looks bad but a Volvo cost a lot more so should be distinct)

Have driven plenty of S40/V50's which I presume have similar ride and handling and whilst OK'ish they would not make my wish list. Too firm and a bit wooden.

Harder settings will just make it worse. Autocar recently tried a revised S80 and found that Volvo could do a sorted suspension if they tried, praising it a lot for ride and handling. Did those engineers go away on holiday?

8 September 2009

Volvo doesn´t know where to go with its styling and it becomes more and more distasteful. For a company which I really liked as a kid, it´s a shame, same with Saab, the americans just ruined both companies.

8 September 2009

Volvo's current problems are completely of their own making, anyone who dealt with Volvo as part of PAG will know they are a law unto themselves - Ford had nothing to do with it at all, apart from gifting them some wonderful platforms that Volvo engineers can't tune properly.

8 September 2009

[quote Autocar]This is the facelifted Volvo C30[/quote] It's difficult to tell if this is any better than the Mk.1 as I've only ever seen one on the road. I don't know if the C30 is one of Volvo's best sellers or not, but from the evidence of seeing only one on the road where I live, I guess it is not. I liked the original's looks when it came out and I guess this is an improvement but if they have not changed the inadequate / awkward boot arrangements, it won't be for me. I'd rather have a Scirroco.


Enjoying a Fabia VRs - affordable performance

8 September 2009

Well done Volvo , a really good update ! I really like the way they have continued the styling link to the 80's 480 and the "saint' coupe of the 60's . A design classic that will age well .

8 September 2009

I think this looks stunning. I've always liked the C30 looks (bar slightly too wide hips at the back?) and I think the facelift has made it look even better. Also love the new colour (now I'm sounding like my wife).

It is a shame that the c30/s40/v50 doesn't ride and handle quite as it should, if they had slightly more rear legroom, a slightly softer ride and more steering feel they would sell even better (the v50 seems to have done well).

As for c30 sales figures - I saw many every day around the roads where I lived - they seemed popular.

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