in 2012 Upscale Small Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $17,515 - $22,128
Original MSRP: $24,950 - $31,850
MPG: 21 City / 29 Hwy
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2012 Volvo C30 Interior

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Not all reviewers think the 2012 Volvo C30’s cabin is made with the best materials, but the C30 is well-equipped for the class. Aesthetics aside, the C30 isn’t as useful as other hatchbacks because the back seat is cramped, and there isn’t much cargo space.

  • "Cabin feels upscale, with well-assembled, high-quality materials and fine control movement." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Materials quality is decent but not great, as there's a fair amount of hard plastic lining the cabin." -- Edmunds


Test drivers think seating comfort in the C30 is a mixed bag. Up front, there’s plenty of headroom and legroom for two adults, and the seats are comfortable. The two rear seats, however, are a different story. Some test drivers say tall adults won’t have enough headroom or legroom, but others say the rear seats are particularly spacious and comfortable for the C30’s size.

  • "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
  • “Multitude of seat adjustments." -- Cars.com
  • "C30 has ample headroom and legroom. Seats are firm yet comfortable and nicely bolstered for spirited cornering. A standard tilt and telescopic steering column helps tailor good driving position. … (Rear seat) headroom is just adequate for those under 5-foot-6, and legroom is cramped if front seats are set far back. Entry and exit require contortions." -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

The C30 comes with Bluetooth, HD radio, an auxiliary port, a USB port for iPods, steering wheel-mounted audio controls and an audio system. These standard features are very good for the class, but reviewers say some shoppers may find the buttons on the dash hard to use because they are small and have hard-to-read labels.

A navigation system is optional, but like the systems in many Volvos, test drivers say it’s hard to use.

  • "The gauges are large and legible. The controls are well marked, though some testers complain of too many look-alike buttons, which can be hard to locate at a glance." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Instruments' thin numerals hard to read at a glance." -- Cars.com
  • "Most controls are straightforward and attractive, but the confounding optional navigation system has a steep learning curve." -- Edmunds


Reviewers say the 2012 C30’s cargo area and interior storage isn’t useful. There’s 12.9 cubic feet available behind the rear seats and 20.2 cubic feet available with the rear seats folded. The small hatchback opening makes it difficult to load items.

  • "Minimal, even by small hatchback standards. Rear seatbacks fold easily, though the load floor isn't flat and the rear hatch opening is tight and oddly shaped. Some testers disliked the C30's all-glass hatch, which leaves cargo plainly visible from the outside. Small-items storage space is also subpar." -- Consumer Guide
  • “Small cargo area opening for a hatchback." -- Cars.com