The personality of the base 2011 Volvo C30 T5 is shifted towards those who prefer a comfortable ride over a taut, sporty suspension. If, however, your idea of a weekend...
well spent is one carving up deserted back roads, consider the C30 R-Design.
With a 30-percent stiffer suspension, lower ride height and upgraded wheel and tire package, the R-Design delivers quicker steering response and less body roll during aggressive cornering. Both C30 trims are powered by a turbocharged five-cylinder engine that gives them the same spirited acceleration. Even with its stiffer suspension, the C30 R-Design returns a more civilized ride than rivals such as the Mini Cooper and BMW 1 Series. However, with respect to absolute sportiness, the C30 falls behind both the Mini and BMW, as well as the GTI and A3.