Volvo has introduced a fresh take on its already stylish C30 hatchback, injecting some sporty styling for the 2011 model year and improving the list of standard equipment. The original introduction of the C30 marked a major turning point for Volvo, with the pint-sized hatch proving that not all of Volvo’s models needed to be boxy and chiseled, or that they even had to prioritize practicality.
You’ll note that the C30 only comes in a three-door configuration. Additionally, the car’s design clearly makes some packaging sacrifices for the sake of being sleek, low, and rakish.
There are only two models in the 2011 Volvo C30 lineup; the $24,600 C30 T5 or the sportier $26,950 C30 T5 R-Design (pictured).
Both cars come standard with a powerful turbocharged five-cylinder engine developing a peak output of 227 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque, and this is matched to either a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic. Gear shifts in the manual can be a bit notchy so...