Review

Volvo C30 hatchback (2007-2012)

The Volvo C30 was the brand's attempt at breaking out of its reputation for building boxy and conservatively styled saloon and estate cars. It certainly made an impact when it launched in 2006 and helped to transform Volvo's image into something altogether more desirable.

Despite this, the Volvo C30 was a relatively slow seller in the UK, and after being revised in 2010 with a more rounded front end, it was dropped in 2012.

Still, the C30 offers an interesting, rare and left-field alternative to the likes of the Ford Focus and Honda Civic. Just as long as you’re not expecting bags of space, because its boot is small and there are only two seats in the back.

There was a wide range of engines, going from a 1.6-litre diesel to a 2.5-litre turbocharged petrol. Five and six-speed manual and five and six-speed automatic (called Geartronic) gearboxes were available.

The gap left by the C30 was eventually filled by the Volvo V40, which took on much of the C30's sharp styling. Thanks to its more practical five-door configuration and a bigger boot, it has far wider appeal.

Here's what we thought about the car in 2013...