What is it?
This is the Volvo C30 DRIVe. Although Volvo has been doing green models (such as biofuels) for years, it’s been slow to give them a catchy label like Volkswagen’s BlueMotion and Ford’s Econetic ranges. Volvo’s take on this eco-tech is called DRIVe, and the first model to benefit is the C30.
The Volvo C30 DRIVe is one of three cars to wear the DRIVe label, but has undergone a more in-depth makeover than its V50 and S40 siblings. Most DRIVe changes are visual, but several important alterations lie under the skin.
The four-cylinder turbodiesel engine’s ECU, also used by the Ford Econetic range, has been tweaked to optimise CO2 output and now produces 4g/km less than the standard unit.
The new roof spoiler, rear diffuser and distinctive alloy wheels help reduce airflow over the body, decreasing drag. Low rolling resistance tyres trim CO2 by a further 2.5g/km, as do the heightened gear ratios in 3rd, 4th and 5th gear. Even the gearbox oil has been replaced to gain a further 0.5g/km saving.
The Volvo C30 DRIVe’s grille has been partially covered and its underbody panelling flattened to aid air flow, reducing drag and contributing to the combined 14g/km fall in CO2 to just 115g/km, placing the C30 DRIVe in VED band B.