2011 Volvo C30 Values & Cars for Sale | Kelley Blue Book (2022)

Designed to cloud the distinction between station wagon and hatchback, the 2011 Volvo C30 combines the best of both. With the inspiration for its design drawn from both a safety concept car and the classic ’70s-era Volvo 1800 ES fastback, there is plenty of heritage to satisfy even the most finicky Volvo enthusiast. Volvo, however, hopes to lure people who would otherwise purchase hatchbacks from Volkswagen and Honda. While the 2011 Volvo C30’s premium-car status and price tag places it more in line with the Audi A3, the 2011 Volvo C30’s stylish good looks easily trump the conservative A3. The styling advantage places the 2011 Volvo C30 more in league with the Mini Cooper and BMW 1 Series.

Used 2011 Volvo C30 Pricing

The 2011 Volvo C30’s Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) ranges from around $25,500 for a base 2011 Volvo C30 T5 to about $28,000 for the R-Design. Opting for an automatic transmission will bump those figures by another $1,250. Big-ticket options such as leather upholstery, a navigation system and a power moonroof can easily push either variant beyond the $35,000 mark. Before you set off to purchase, check the Fair Purchase Price on kbb.com and see what others in your area are paying. In general, the C30 R-Design is expected to fare slightly better when it comes to holding value over time than the base C30 T5; but neither comes close to the projected residual percentages for a Mini Cooper. The C30 projected values also trail those of the Scion tC, BMW 1 Series, Volkswagen GTI, and the Audi A3.

Driving the Used 2011 Volvo C30

The personality of the base 2011 Volvo C30 T5 is shifted towards those who prefer a comfortable ride over a taut, sporty suspension. If, however, your idea of a weekend well spent is one carving up deserted back roads, consider the C30 R-Design.
With a 30-percent stiffer suspension, lower ride height and upgraded wheel and tire package, the R-Design delivers quicker steering response and less body roll during aggressive cornering. Both C30 trims are powered by a turbocharged five-cylinder engine that gives them the same spirited acceleration. Even with its stiffer suspension, the C30 R-Design returns a more civilized ride than rivals such as the Mini Cooper and BMW 1 Series. However, with respect to absolute sportiness, the C30 falls behind both the Mini and BMW, as well as the GTI and A3.

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Interior Comfort

If the 2011 Volvo C30’s interior looks familiar, it’s because it is almost identical to that in the Volvo S40 and V50. With the same dash, seats and console, including the slim-line "floating" center stack, the Volvo C30’s interior doesn’t stand out in the same way the Mini Cooper or GTI do, but it is comfortable and Scandinavian chic. Aluminum accent trim covers the console, dash and doors, while seating is covered in either fabric-like T-Tek (for the base T5) or premium leather (for the R-Design). Front-seat occupants will enjoy acceptable headroom and legroom, but the rear bucket seats are not comfortable for average-sized adults. Both rear seats fold flat, increasing the Volvo C30’s cargo-carrying ability. The Volvo C30’s oddly shaped rear hatch opening inhibits loading large or bulky items.

Exterior Styling

The 2011 Volvo C30 derives its styling from both the 2001 Volvo Safety Concept Car and vintage Volvo P1800 ES fastback. This is blended with a front end very similar to Volvo’s S40 and V50. The C30’s profile is rakishly seductive. Its all-glass frameless hatch is unique, but some may find it a bit too revealing. A variety of colors and wheel choices, as well as optional body kits, make it easy to personalize the 2011 Volvo C30. Sadly, the attractive painted wheel arches and ground-effects kit that debuted with the original car are no longer offered. The base 2011 Volvo C30 T5 model rolls on 205/50 tires on 17-inch aluminum wheels, while the up-level R-Design steps up to 215/45 rubber on 18-inch alloy rims. The C30 R-Design also includes a body kit that features color-coordinated fender flares, side skirts and spoilers both front and rear.

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Favorite Features

Head-Turning Style
This modern-day reinterpretation of one of Volvo’s most memorable models has a distinctive visual presence that sets it apart from the competition.

Responsive Turbocharged Engine
Its wide, flat torque curve makes the Volvo C30’s potent turbocharged five-cylinder engine a perfect match for this petite hauler, injecting a major dose of pure driving delight whether paired with the standard manual or optional automatic transmission.

Standard Features

In addition to identical engines and transmissions, the Volvo C30 T5 and C30 R-Design also share a fairly expansive set of features. These features are highlighted by a cabin pollen filter, tilt and telescoping steering column, keyless remote entry, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, anti-theft immobilizer system, Volvo’s side-impact and whiplash protection systems and Electronic Brake Assist. A 160-watt/six-speaker AM/FM/HD/CD/MP3 audio package with auxiliary audio and USB/iPod input jacks is standard on both, as are steering wheel-mounted audio controls. The R-Design also gets fog lights, 18-inch wheels, color-coordinated ground effects, a sport-tuned chassis, and aluminum interior trim enhancements.

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Factory Options

Highlighting the 2011 Volvo C30’s options list are an automatic transmission, leather upholstery, dual xenon headlamps with Active Bending Light, Sirius Satellite Radio, and the Blind Spot Information System. The Climate Package adds heated seats, Rain Sensor wipers, electronic climate control and headlight washers. The Multimedia Package gains a 650-watt Dynaudio Surround Sound audio system and an HDD navigation system with Real-Time Traffic, remote and two map updates. Check off the Preferred Package and you’ll get power front seats, a power sunroof and Volvo’s Keyless Drive.

Engine & Transmission

Both the C30 T5 and C30 R-Design are fitted with identical engines. Volvo’s lightweight-aluminum 2.5-liter turbocharged in-line five-cylinder engine is fitted with variable valve timing that helps it make and maintain a constant 236 pound-feet of torque from 1500 to 5000 rpm. That expansive torque plateau ensures superb responsiveness, whether you back it with the base six-speed manual transmission or the optional five-speed Geartronic automatic. The latter also incorporates a manual-style "auto-stick" function. The C30 can sprint from zero to 60 miles per hour in 6.2 seconds with the manual and needs only 6.6 seconds to hit that mark with the automatic.

2.5-liter in-line 5 turbo
227 horsepower @ 5000 rpm
236 lb.-ft. of torque @ 1500-5000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/30 (automatic), 21/29 (manual)

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Is Volvo C30 a future classic? ›

The C30 started life in 2001 at the Detroit Motor Show, with the launch of the Volvo Safety Concept Car. Fast forward five years and Volvo Cars launched a future classic in Paris in September 2006, clearly borrowing the shape and design of the instantly recognisable C30 from the Volvo Safety Concept Car.

What are the common faults with a Volvo C30? ›

Older cars are also susceptible to a stability control system failure, which can be expensive to fix. The C30 has also been the subject of several recalls, along with other models in the Volvo range. These concern key items such as the brakes, steering and engine cooling.

How much does a Volvo C30 cost? ›

Volvo C30 Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Volvo C30 varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $11,300 and going to $21,890 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Does the Volvo C30 have a Ford engine? ›

Powered by inline-four and straight-five engines, the C30 is variant of the Volvo S40/V50/C70 range, sharing the same Ford C1/Volvo P1 platform.
Volvo C30
Body style3-door hatchback
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive
PlatformVolvo P1 platform
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Why was Volvo C30 discontinued? ›

In an email to Inside Line, Volvo Spokesman Jawanza Keita says, “We have made the decision to discontinue C30 production to better position Volvo for the future and the next stages of our model portfolio.” The automotive press speculates that the C30's low sales led to its discontinuation.

Is the Volvo C30 a reliable car? ›

The Volvo C30 Reliability Rating is 3.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 6th out of 17 for luxury compact cars. The average annual repair cost is $720 which means it has average ownership costs. While repairs are more common, these issues are less likely to be severe than with other cars.

How long does a Volvo C30 last? ›

It can also vary depending on the make and year of your Volvo. That being said, with the proper care the average lifespan of a Volvo is typically 20 years with over 200,000 miles.

Does a Volvo C30 have a cam belt? ›

The Volvo C30 uses a timing chain instead of a belt that would require maintenance. ...

Is Volvo C30 AWD? ›

In 2010, Polestar Performance released the C30 Polestar concept with 405 horsepower and AWD. The K26 turbo, Haldex AWD and body styling stirred up lots of chatter on the ol' interwebs. This car sparked a ton of talk on the only pure C30 forum in the world, C30Crew.com as well.

How fast is a Volvo C30 T5? ›

Acceleration and Power

"The C30 T5 is respectably fast -- 0 to 60 mph in an estimated 6.4 seconds and a top speed of perhaps 149 mph," says Car and Driver.

What gas does a Volvo C30 T5 take? ›

Fuel Requirements. Volvo recommends premium, 91 unleaded octane or higher for optimum performance, but your Volvo can run on regular 87 unleaded octane without affecting engine reliability. It is safe to use fuel containing up to 10% Ethanol in your Volvo.

Is the Volvo C30 based on a Ford Focus? ›

These forces swamp the fact that, under its shapely skin, the C30 is really a Ford Focus that has been Volvo-ised. All its four-cylinder engines - petrol units of 1.6, 1.8 and 2.0 litres, plus 1.6 and 2.0 diesels - are as found in the Fords.

When was Volvo C30 discontinued? ›

The C30 acted as Volvo's entry-level car from 2006 to 2013, when it was discontinued and its role was taken by the V40 hatchback and later by the XC40 crossover.

How many Volvo C30 were made? ›

Between 14 April 1927 and 31 July 2022 Volvo Cars produced 23,040,449 cars.
C30 Totals2006-2014192,024
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Is Volvo C30 rare? ›

The Volvo C30 was also a subdued performer

However, only 250 units were ever sold in the U.S., so it was pretty hard to get ahold of one.

How long does Volvo engine last? ›

Volvos can last over 200,000 miles.

This means you must keep up with a regular maintenance schedule if you want to make it to the 200,000-mile club.

What engine is in a Volvo C30? ›

The C30 was shorter than the Volvo's S40 sedan. Under the hood, the C30 was equipped with a 2.5-liter engine that developed no less than 227 hp. The power was sent to the front wheels through a 6-speed manual or a 5-speed automatic transmission. Two trim levels were offered with the C30, the T5 and the T5 R-design.

Are Volvo C30 expensive to maintain? ›

How Frequently Does a Volvo C30 require maintenance? Overall - the Volvo C30 has yearly car maintenance costs total to $720 .

Is Volvo insurance expensive? ›

Volvos are often some of the least expensive luxury cars to insure. The average monthly cost for auto insurance for Volvo owners is $157 and about $1,848 a year. While lots of factors go into determining your insurance rate, the make and model of the vehicle you drive is one of the biggest.

Will Volvo bring back the C30? ›

Unfortunately, we believe the automaker has no plans to go below the XC40 so this resurrected C30 will most likely remain just a fiction.
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Are Volvos good with high mileage? ›

That being said, Volvo Cars is among the top brands when it comes to longevity. Among the factors mentioned above, regular maintenance and driving style can make a huge difference. Overall, expect to see your Volvo vehicle last for over 200,000 miles if you give it proper care each year.

Are Volvos expensive to repair? ›

Are Volvos Expensive to Service? While the Volvo brand is listed higher in cost on a list created by Your Mechanic Inc., Volvos are more affordable to maintain than other luxury brands. Over a ten-year period of ownership, Volvo models cost an average of $100 more to maintain than Audi models.

Does Volvo need premium gas? ›

Volvo recommends using premium gasoline, which has an octane of 91 or higher. However, this isn't a requirement. Gasoline with an octane of just 87 can be used without affecting the reliability of your engine.

How often should you change the timing belt on a Volvo C30? ›

Volvo recommends that the timing belt in their models be replaced every 60,000 to 100,000 miles. If left unreplaced, the timing belt will eventually stretch to the point where it snaps, which will cause catastrophic damages to your Volvo's engine.

When Should timing belt be replaced on Volvo C30? ›

Typically, manufacturers will recommend a belt change every 80,000 to 100,000 miles.

Does 2009 Volvo C30 have timing belt or chain? ›

Our answer:

No, that car uses a timing chain, which should be maintenance free.

What engine is in a Volvo C30 2.0 D? ›

It's a front-wheel drive front-engined 3-door compact coupé with 4 seats. With 134 BHP, the turbocharged 2 Litre 16v Inline 4 diesel engine accelerates this C30 2.0D to 62 mph in 9.4 seconds and on to a maximum speed of 130 mph.

Who designed Volvo C30? ›

Volvo's chief designer, Simon Lamarre, has launched a blog talking about his experiences with creating the exterior of new C30. Set to be sold as a 2007 model, the C30 made its public debut in Paris last week.

When did Ford take over Volvo? ›

Ford paid $6.5 billion for Volvo in 1999, part of a luxury brand acquisition binge that included Jaguar and Aston Martin.

How fast can a Volvo C30 Go? ›

It's a front-wheel drive front-engined 3-door compact coupé with 4 seats. With 227 hp, the turbocharged 2.5 Liter 20v Inline 5 gasoline engine accelerates this C30 T5 to 62 mph in 6.7 seconds and on to a maximum speed of 149 mph.

Is the Volvo C30 T5 front wheel drive? ›

On this page, you will find all the key specs for the C30 from overall fuel efficiency in MPG and its top speed in MPH, to running costs, dimensions, data and lots more.
Engine Size2521cc
Fuel TypePetrol
Gearbox6 Speed
DrivetrainFront wheel drive
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How much does a Volvo C30 T5 weight? ›

3,200 lbs.

Can you mix regular and premium gas? ›

Can I mix premium and unleaded gas? Yes, drivers can mix the two types of fuel. The combined gas types will result in an octane level somewhere in the middle — something the vehicle “will survive,” according to The Drive.

Does 93 octane make a difference? ›

So is Higher Octane Fuel More Efficient? In a word, no. On its own paying for premium gasoline does not make your car run better or get greater gas mileage. Giving your car the fuel it requires to run smoothly and efficiently, without damage to the engine, does make a difference in your fuel mileage.

Are Volvos reliable? ›

Reliability Ratings

In 2020, the Volvo brand was number 16 in the rankings and a high score of 93.8%. For comparison: Ford scored 93.7% and was ranked 18.

Does Ford Focus use Volvo engine? ›

Called Focus ST, and available in either three or five-door hatchback variant, the car uses the Volvo Modular engine, a turbocharged 2.5 L 5-cylinder engine producing 225 hp (168 kW; 228 PS).

Which Volvo has same engine as Focus ST? ›

The T5 version packs a warbly 2.5-litre inline-five engine, the same brilliant unit that Volvo lent to Ford for the Mk2 Focus ST and RS. Early versions have 216bhp, which was later raised to 226bhp.

Who owned Volvo? ›

Volvo Cars

Is a Volvo C30 a compact car? ›

The new Volvo C30 is the smallest and most expressive car in Volvo's model range. With a compact and solid body, sporty chassis, and powerful engines, it offers a very dynamic driving experience.

Is the Volvo C30 a hot hatch? ›

Volvo has redesigned its C30 hot hatch. The good news is that there's a new sport chassis option that 'gives the C30 a significantly sharper ride', apparently.

Will Volvo bring back the C30? ›

Unfortunately, we believe the automaker has no plans to go below the XC40 so this resurrected C30 will most likely remain just a fiction.
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How many Volvo C30 were made? ›

Between 14 April 1927 and 31 July 2022 Volvo Cars produced 23,040,449 cars.
C30 Totals2006-2014192,024
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Who designed the Volvo C30? ›

Volvo's chief designer, Simon Lamarre, has launched a blog talking about his experiences with creating the exterior of new C30. Set to be sold as a 2007 model, the C30 made its public debut in Paris last week.

What is R design on Volvo C30? ›

And if looks are important, R-Design trim is the one to go for. This specification includes a purposeful bodykit and larger alloys, while lowered sports suspension gives the car a more athletic stance than the SE and SE Lux models.


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