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Volvo's 'Baby' Coupé, the C30 was about to change our minds about what a good small car could do.
Playing about with an online viewer which allowed me to have a rotatable 360 degree view of Volvo's latest C30 made me think of that old sketch of what is in one orientation an old woman and when viewed the other way up, a beautiful young girl.
First ImpressionsViewed from directly ahead, the C30 looks almost identical to much of the rest of the range of saloons and estates, with its distinctive Volvo grille and elegant lines. However, a quick tweak of the mouse metamorphoses it into something completely different.
Let's not pretend otherwise, this car is a car for two people, with a facility to allow two extra people to climb into the back once in a while if needs be.
On the Open RoadBut... and this is where the C30 redeems itself, once out on the open road the C30 impresses enormously. It is so comfortably at home when stretching its legs at 70 that the miles are literally eaten up effortlessly.
Load-LuggingThe rear load bay is quite deceptive. Because of the very obvious taper of the coupé load bay, the initial impression is that it is very limited, yet we were able to load a surprisingly large amount of luggage in there on the way to Heathrow, and actually fitted a gent's bicycle in there on the way back from Southampton. Access isn't as easy as it perhaps could be because the rear window is the actual hatch itself, but nevertheless it will still swallow up a surprising load. Maybe not the best for the paraphernalia that accompanies your average baby, but if our offspring were still little ones I definitely wouldn't choose the C30, purely on the issue of access to the rear seats - long before load carrying capacity was ever taken into account.
All things considered, the C30 is a fantastic, enjoyable, economical car to drive and the open road puts it right in its comfort zone, but as a baby-carrying runabout I would say to reassess straight away and look at the similarly-priced S40 instead.
Model Driven: C30 1.6D DRIVe SE Stop/Start 5SP
Price OTR £20,495
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