in 2011 Upscale Small Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $15,639 - $17,454
Original MSRP: $24,700 - $27,100
MPG: 21 City / 29 Hwy
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2011 Volvo C30 Interior

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The 2011 Volvo C30’s interior remains relatively unchanged from 2010. Critics generally praise the C30’s intuitive and eye-pleasing interior design. Reviewers do note, however, some low-grade materials in the cabin. Critics credit the C30 for its comfortable seating all around.

  • "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
  • "Materials quality is decent but not great, as there's a fair amount of hard plastic lining the cabin." -- Edmunds


Seating comfort for all four passengers in the C30 is very good. In particular, back-seat passengers enjoy comfortable bucket seats -- a departure from most hatchbacks’ rear bench seat. Unfortunately, backseat legroom, as in most hatchbacks, is lacking in the C30.

  • "Instead of the typical bench seat, the C30 has two bucket seats in back. Each seat cradles the body like an embrace - some of us even felt that these are among the most comfortable rear seats we've ever experienced." -- Edmunds
  • “Volvo provides comfortable seats in the C30 and puts padding in the right places - like where your elbows are." -- Cars.com

Interior Features

As an entry-level luxury car, the 2011 C30 is equipped with an appropriate list of interior features. These include a trip computer, Bluetooth, HD radio and a USB plug for an iPod or other music device. A navigation system is optional.

  • "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
  • "Inside the Volvo's cabin is a handsome (if not also a bit plain) dashboard with a two-gauge instrument cluster, monochromatic LCD display for stereo information, and a floating center console with audio and climate controls." -- CNET
  • "Most controls are straightforward and attractive, but the confounding optional navigation system has a steep learning curve." -- Edmunds


The C30 provides 12.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat, which pales compared with competitors. The Volkswagen GTI has 15.1 cubic feet of cargo room. The Audi A3 offers more space than the VW GTI and Volvo C30: 19.5 cubic feet with the seats up and 39.0 cubic feet with the seats folded. 

  • "When it comes to usefulness, Volvo’s slant-back hatch falls short on stuff-swallowing ability, too, with just 20 cubic feet behind the front seats with the rears folded; the Mini can eat 24 cubes, and the GTI will scarf 44." -- Car and Driver
  • "The cargo area behind the rear seats is small. I could carry a week's worth of groceries pretty easily, but if I had to buy food for more than one person I'm pretty sure I'd have to fold the seats flat." -- Cars.com
  • "The shallow cargo area can really only hold one large suitcase, limiting the hatchback’s long trip usefulness, a shame given its impressive roadability.”-- Left Lane News