After years of driving Volvo sedans I looked for something sportier in the Volvo family in my price range. I chose the C30 T5, the C70 coupe was my next choice. It came with 18" wheels and low miles and was in good shape. The sacrifice is size and storage. But for a daily commuter and the occasional road trip it is perfect if you don't need a lot of space. From my research on maintenance it is relatively inexpensive compared to higher end hatch coupes. The interior finish is pretty basic but ergonomically it is very comfortable. It's kind of low so getting in and out took some getting used to. Overall, I like the unique styling, handling and value for a car in this category.
I just purchased a 2011 Volvo C30 T5 R-Design about a week ago and I love this car. I traded in my SUV which I also loved, but because was tired of driving around in a vehicle that required premium gas and I averaged 17 miles to the gallon I was ready for a change. I researched this vehicle and once I stumbled upon one I purchased it. This car is unique on the inside and out, I feel very safe in it even though it is smaller than my previous vehicle, it is definetly a head turner because they are so rare. You will not be disappointed!
Not saving a whole lot on gas. Getting only about 22.5 per gallon. Expecting around 28-29 per gal as advertised. even if you do your own maintainence, Chou can't reset the computer that reads, maintanence overdue, which is a little bothersome. Not a whole lot of room, passengers must navigate out of the backseat like they are going through some sort of obstacle course having to get passed the narrow opening which the seatbelt is in the way so it's easy to get tangled up. Other wise, great power, easy to maneuver and park. Engine noise is loud and you can feel every little bump. The car sits so low that it makes the ordinary driveway seem like a steep mountain that if not handled correctly, the front end scrapes.