What is it?
The new R-Design Volvo C30. Classified as an option rather than a trim level, adding R-Design will cost an extra £500 and gets you a host of design tweaks, the most significant of which is the two-tone leather interior and external body kit. The R-design model we're testing is the C30 T5 SE Sport.
What's it like?
The R-Design kit itself is a worthwhile option if you want your C30 to look particularly sporting inside and out. As well as the R-Design badges, you get a rear roof spoiler to match your colour-coded body kit, and on the lower SE trim level you get unique 17-inch alloys, although the SE Sport model tested here keeps the 18-inch design that is standard with the trim level.
It comes as no surprise that this engine - also used in Ford's Focus ST - mated to a six-speed gearbox gives the C30 considerable pace, albeit without the involving dynamics of the Ford.
The cabin is quiet, the engine refined and the interior pleasant – especially with the black and cream leather and subtle console design you get with the R-Design option breaking up the greys of the dashboard.