2008 Volvo C30 Interior
Critics believe that the 2008 Volvo C30's interior is fairly comfortable, but some question whether it will appeal to the younger buyers Volvo wants to attract. "The quality is good, but it's a shame that such a youth-oriented car doesn't feel a little more sporting," says Edmunds.
Volvo has a reputation for quality and reviewers mostly agree that the C30's interior is well put together. "Inside, [optional] finely stitched leathers surround the dash," says the Boston Globe. "Even the texture is preserved. The same care is used in the seats, which have dark leather surrounding a gray insert. Again, the fine stitching gives it a look of luxury." Motor Trend agrees, writing, "Inside, the C30 coddles with an S40-esque cockpit adorned with Volvo's now ubiquitous T-Tec upholstery and floating center console, familiar effects that mesh nicely with the leather-wrapped sport steering wheel and shift knob." Edmunds likes the control layout: "There's nothing to figure out with the C30. It has simple, clear gauges right in front of you, a twist-and-turn ignition key and pictograph-identified climate controls."
Several writers, however, question whether the C30's interior is exciting enough. "The interior is typical Volvo territory with supremely comfortable seats, clear instrumentation and familiar floating console," says Road and Track. "Trouble is, the colors are on the dour side and for a car with sporting pretensions and targeting young-at-heart buyers, they're not dynamic enough.
The C30 seats four. According to Edmunds, "You can...fit four real people in the Volvo with cargo room to spare." The Car Connection thinks that the driver's seat is quite comfortable, writing, "The driving position is exemplary, catering for just about every size human being imaginable, while the position of the pedals and gearlever imbues the driver with a sense that he or she is about to drive something very enthusiast-orientated indeed." Road and Track, however, picks a couple of nits: "For a brand as thoughtful about the practicalities of life as Volvo, there are two curious omissions in the interior: a driver's seat that could and should be a couple of inches lower and, second, why don't the front seats return to their pre-set position when they've been tilted forward to allow access to the rear?"
The back seats receive mixed reviews. "Adults will find the rear accommodation adequate for short journeys," says Edmunds, "though two 6-footers will struggle to sit in tandem." Car and Driver feels that the "two rear seats are for adults, with adequate leg- and headroom for a six-footer."
Reviewers are relatively unimpressed with the 12.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the C30's back seat. "The trunk capacity is also modest," says Edmunds. "Golfers will have trouble accommodating their beloved clubs -- although it can be extended by folding down the rear seats." Some reviewers feel that the glass tailgate leaves the owner's cargo a little too exposed. "The low-set glass tailgate means that following SUV drivers also get a good look at your culinary plans for the week," says The Car Connection, "which means you have no choice but to erect the infuriating, canvas load-cover to hide your goodies from the outside world."