Volvo C30 D2 SE

FROM the second you lay eyes on the Volvo C30 you cannot fail to be dazzled by its stylish lines and beautiful crafting and then there is the look-at-me orange flame metallic paintwork that's certainly guaranteed to turn heads.

Anyone would think I'm describing the latest supercar, but the Volvo C30 is a two-door 1.6 coupe that has simply upped the stakes.

Volvo - a company more often associated with being very "safe" - has produced a streamlined coupe with all the luxurious touches you could wish for and fuel efficiency figures that will make anyone think twice about their next car.

With alloy wheels, a twin tailpipe and chromed door plates, the C30 will catch the eye of anyone with a taste for quality and once inside, the impressive design spec continues.

There is the sunburst orange trim, a floating central control stack housing the main entertainment features, a multi-function steering wheel and much more besides.

Although there is room for two adults in the back, space is a little tight, but up front the driver and passenger can sit back and enjoy the ride.

Boasting a combined fuel economy of 65.7mpg, this 1.6-litre diesel driven car really packs quite a punch.

Out on the open road, it gripped tight bends for fun and the six-speed manual transmission was both responsive and neatly grouped. Cabin noise was relatively low even at higher speeds although the ride did seem a little bumpy on slightly uneven road surfaces.

Then in and around town, the C30 cruised effortlessly and parking was a complete breeze thanks to its size, excellent all-round visibility and, of course, the rear parking sensors.

There are plenty of useful storage compartments throughout the cabin including sturdy cup holders - a must for that early morning start when you're armed with a caffeine kick.

The sloping glass tailgate - a trademark of the C30 - hides a very generously-sized boot area which is quite capable of accommodating all your luggage requirements.

And as one would expect, the C30 is crammed to bursting with safety features to protect the occupants and also pedestrians.

Admittedly, the C30 is not cheap - the test model was priced at a little more than £21,000 and that included a few optional extras such as rear parking assist, high performance audio and Bluetooth hands free system, but there is plenty of top notch spec that comes as standard.

FAST FACTS

Volvo C30 D2 SE

Price: £21,710

Mechanical: 115ps, 1,560cc, 4cyl petrol engine driving front wheels via 6-speed manual gearbox

Max Speed: 121mph

0-62mph: 11.3 seconds

Combined MPG: 65.7

Insurance Group: 20

C02 emissions: 114g/km

Bik rating: 15%

Warranty: 3yrs/ 60,000 miles

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