Make / Model Search

New models - Volvo - C30

First drive: Volvo trims engine, price of C30 diesel

More affordable: A smaller, four-cylinder diesel engine has cut the entry price for diesel power in the Volvo C30 hatch.

New 2.0-litre engine makes diesel power more affordable in Volvo C30 hatch

1 Dec 2009

AN engine swap means the diesel version of Volvo’s youth car, the C30 hatchback, is now far more affordable.

Until now, the only diesel C30 was the high performance D5 version, which cost a hefty $44,950.

By replacing the T5 five-cylinder with a new 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel, Volvo Australia has managed to position the diesel C30 at $37,950 plus on-road costs.

This brings the diesel option within $1500 of the base 2.4-litre petrol variant.

The introduction of the new 2.0-litre diesel represents the last change Volvo will make to the C30 before a facelifted version is introduced next March.

Volvo will use that opportunity to release a super efficient 1.6-litre diesel C30 with a predicted fuel consumption figure of just 3.8 litres per 100km.

The just-introduced 2.0-litre diesel will be available exclusively with the new six-speed dual-clutch Powershift automatic transmission developed by Getrag and Volvo.

The new diesel is a 1997cc four-cylinder with twin overhead camshafts and Volvo’s second generation common-rail high-pressure injection system, operating at 1600 bar and running an 18.5:1 compression ratio.

18 center image With an alloy cylinder head and a cast iron block, the engine produces 100kW at 4000rpm and 320Nm of torque at 2000rpm.

The new six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission helps to keep the fuel consumption down.

Volvo estimates this transmission uses eight per cent less fuel than a comparable torque converter-type automatic.

Fuel consumption for the C30 2.0D comes in at just 5.9 litres per 100km, and the emission rating is 156g/km.

Those figures are more impressive than the 0-100km/h sprint time At 9.5 seconds, it is not quick in anyone’s language.

The C30 2.0D runs the same level of equipment as the entry-level petrol model, the S.

That means it has cloth interior trim, climate control, a multi-function trip computer, a single disc CD player with steering wheel-mounted controls, an aux input, aluminium interior highlights, a leather wrapped steering wheel and gearshift surround.

It sits on 16-inch alloys wheels and has a space-saver spare wheel.

As you might expect, the C30 comes loaded with safety gear including electronic stability control, front, side and curtain airbags as well as active headrests.

Other cars to take the new 2.0-litre diesel instead of the D5 diesel include the S40 sedan and V50 wagon.

Volvo Cars Australia managing director Alan Desselss said the new diesel was a more appropriate these cars.

“The new diesel is less expensive and it is now where the market wants it to be,” he said.

“It is more of a frugal engine than a performance-focussed one.”

Despite the appeal of the affordable and economical diesel variant, Mr Desselss is not expecting a surge of interest in the C30, S40 or V50.

“We don’t think it will change the volume very much,” he said.

Volvo says diesel take up is about 15 per cent for the C30 and 10 per cent for the S40 and V50.

2009 Volvo C30 2.0D hatch pricing:
2.0D (a) $37,950

Quick tests

Read more

GoAuto can help you buy a new C30

Customer Terms and Conditions – New Car Lead enquires


This is an agreement between GoAutoMedia Pty Limited ACN 094 732 457 of PO Box 18, Beach Road, Sandringham, VIC, 3191 (“we/us”), the owner and operator of the GoAuto.com.au website (“the website”) and the person wanting GoAuto.com.au to provide them with a lead for the purchase of a new car (“you”).

By completing a New Car Lead Enquiry, you agree to the terms and conditions and disclaimers and acknowledge the policies set out below.

Terms and Conditions

  • In order for us to effect a lead you must you must complete a New Car Lead Enquiry (“Enquiry”).
  • We will call you as soon as possible after you complete the Enquiry and certainly no later than the next business day. When we call, we will discuss with you your new car requirements.
  • You consent to our passing on the Enquiry and your requirements to an appropriate authorised motor car dealer as a lead.
  • We will contact you again in approximately eight days following your initial enquiry to check on the progress of the Enquiry.
  • While we will provide the dealer with the Enquiry and details of your new car requirements, we take no responsibility for what happens after passing on that material as a lead.
  • You acknowledge that we are a new car information service providing new car editorial information, pictures and prices to our customers as a guide only. Any new car prices published on the website are the manufacturers’ recommended retail prices and do not include delivery charges and on-road costs. Any authorized motor car dealer to which we pass on your Enquiry as a lead will provide you with full details of the price at which the vehicle will be sold to you.
  • You acknowledge that we do not sell motor vehicles. Any sale of a new car to you by a dealer after we have passed on your Enquiry to that dealer as a lead, is a sale by that dealer not by us.

Privacy Policy– New Car Lead Enquires

  • We take privacy very seriously. We understand that you will only complete an Enquiry if you can trust us to protect your personal information and use it appropriately. Our policy is to ensure that the personal information collected when you make an Enquiry is only used for the purposes of connecting you with an authorised motor car dealer.
  • We do not on-sell information collected from you or any other customer.
  • From time to time, we may email you with information or promotions that may be relevant for car buyers. You will continue to receive communications from us unless you tell us that you do not want to receive any advertising or promotional information in the future by unsubscribing from these communications.
* Denotes required field
** Australian inquiries only

Click to share

Click below to follow us on
Facebook  Twitter  Instagram

Volvo models

Catch up on all of the latest industry news with this week's edition of GoAutoNews
Click here