Volvo C30 hatchback (2007-2012)

The C30 is aimed at younger drivers, and with its sleek looks it has few problems turning heads. The Volvo badge adds prestige over more traditional hatchback choices like the Ford Focus and Honda Civic. Build quality is excellent and the interior is well laid out. The downside is that the C30 makes sacrifices for its obvious style as it's not particularly practical and is only available with three doors. It makes up for these shortcomings with a good choice of engines and competitive price tags compared to other premium hatches.

The Volvo C30 has since been replaced by the Volvo V40, which shares the model's sharp looks, excellent fuel economy, and superb safety levels. Read our review of the V40 on the Carbuyer Volvo reviews page