Volvo C30 2.0 Review
On four now

Story by Raymond Lai, pictures by Azfar Hashim
2 May 2009
 

A new four-cylinder engine makes for a more affordable C30

Volvo C30

When Volkswagen and Audi launched the DSG dual clutch gearbox back in 2003, nobody would have thought that the popularity of such transmissions will reach unprecedented heights today. So much so that demand and rave reviews have pushed other manufacturers to develop and introduce their own versions of the dual clutch transmission.

Other than the pioneering Volkswagen DSG and Audi S-Tronic systems, you can also now buy BMW models with DCT, Porsches with PDK, Mitsubishi with SST and even the Nissan GT-R with a twin clutch gearbox.

The latest car maker to introduce its own version of the dual clutch transmission today is Volvo. Its Powershift dual clutch gearbox is now available in the new base C30 we have here, and likewise for the S40 and V50 models.

So how well does this latest combination work?

 


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Engine

Engine Capacity 1999cc
Engine Type Inline 4
Bore x Stroke (87.5 x 83.1)mm
Power 145bhp @ 6000rpm
Torque 185Nm @ 4500rpm
Power to Weight 107.4 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 9.7s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 205 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 12.7 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed Powershift
Drive Type FF

Measurements

Body Type 3 Door Hatch
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4252 x 1782 x 1447) mm
Wheelbase 2640 mm
Turning Circle 11.1 metres
Kerb Weight 1350 kg
Boot Capacity 233 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 55 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs