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in 2009 Upscale Small Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $12,081 - $13,696
Original MSRP: $23,800 - $25,950
MPG: 19 City / 28 Hwy
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2009 Volvo C30 Interior

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Reviewers mostly agree the Volvo C30's interior is high on quality and comfort, at least for the front passengers. But several question whether the cabin's design is exciting enough.

  • "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." -- Motor Trend
  • "I had a chance to admire a slickly functional interior with details like this that reminded me of why Swedish furniture design ranks among the very best." -- About.com
  • "With its two individual rear chairs pushed toward the center of the car, the C30 is strictly a four-seater. While it's positively commodious compared to an Audi TT, this is not a family car." -- Edmunds

Front Seats

Reviewers find that it's tough to return your front seat back to its original position after tilting it forward to give the rear passengers access. Still, the C30's cushioning and support in the driver and front passenger's seat is very good.

  • "Seats are firm yet comfortable and nicely bolstered for spirited cornering." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Finding an optimal driving position is easy for any body type, thanks to the C30's super-comfortable seats and telescoping steering wheel, though the lack of seat bolstering will become apparent when the C30 is driven hard on a curvy road." -- Edmunds
  • "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?" -- Road and Track

Rear Seats

Two tall adults won't thank you for sitting them in the Volvo C30's rear seats, but the space provided is similar to the dimensions of other upscale small cars.

  • "Rather than attempt to shoehorn a fifth passenger into the C30, Volvo instead chose two rear bucket seats. Rear seating is comfortable with plenty of adult-sized headroom, even though legroom may be a bit cramped for taller folks." -- Edmunds
  • "Entry and exit require contortions." -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

Auto critics like the 2009 C30's interior features and design. According to reviewers, the material quality is top-notch and the instrument panel is contemporary and convenient for drivers.

  • "The instrument panel is a model of simplicity, with just two large dials facing you while you work; all else is handled by warning lights. Climate and sound system controls reside in an attractive vertical stack." -- About.com
  • "Big knobs and buttons allow convenient condition of ride, audio, and climate functions from a floating control panel that is wafer-thin. It descends from the upper dash to the shifter." -- The Boston Globe
  • "Cabin feels upscale, with well-assembled, high-quality materials and fine control movement." -- Consumer Guide

Cargo

The C30 comes with 12.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat that does little to move auto writers.

  • "Cargo room…isn't as laudable." -- Motor Trend
  • "Stowage space is compromised when the rear seats are in place; when folded, it increases substantially." -- Road and Track
  • " My first act was to remove two bottles of water that Volvo kindly placed in the cupholders. Located directly behind the gear lever, they made it impossible to shift. 'Talls' aren't going to work in this car, friends. " -- About.com