If you enjoy driving, the R-Design is a different car than the regular C30. Great power (225hp), tight steering, firm suspension, quality can be felt and wind noise is almost nonexistent. I would recommend this car for the enthusiast but it's not a convenient family car because rear seat access is not something you want to deal with regularly. Rear tires wear quickly but if your alignment shop is really good, rear settings can be altered slightly to help with that. Factory brake pads are good but dust the rear wheels heavily and I am happier with EBC Red pads on back and will probably go to them on front also. Water in floor (frt or rear) could be sunroof drains in A pillars (short tube or plugged @ firewall) search youtube or Volvo forums.
2009 Volvo C30Sean Cromer - Austin, TX05/08/2017
Safety and performance
First Volvo, loving the decision to buy!
2008 Volvo C30J - Charlottesville, VA07/11/2014
This car has great handling, has pretty good gas mileage (between 26 - 30 mpg) and is a real pleasure to drive. I have a 6-speed manual transmission that has plenty of pep and power. The rear seats fold down flat so you can put larger items in the car, though it looks small upon initial inspection. I would not recommend this car if you have small children, because it is a 2-door, and getting car seats, children,, etc., in and out would be painful. It is a solid performer, and I am really glad I bought it!
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