Kelley Blue Book Value®
$6,219 - $8,400
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Not Tested
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
19 City / 27 HWY
Horsepower
227
Seats
4
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$6,219 - $8,400
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Not Tested
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
19 City / 27 HWY
Horsepower
227
Seats
4

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By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

You'll Like The 2008 Volvo C30 If...

If you’re willing to trade off a bit of conventional station wagon utility for a look that will definitely turn heads, the new 2008 Volvo C30’s approach to style, comfort and performance could...

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2008 Volvo C30 Owner Reviews

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14 Reviews
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Great style, fun to drive, expensive to maintain

2008 Volvo C30 T5 Version 1.0 M

I really like the design of my car, it looks unique and is not a very common car. The replacement parts can get a little expensive as it is a Volvo. I do my own oil changes and it is a bit different than most of the vehicles I've owned in the past, and had to buy some custom socket heads and elbows to get in and change the oil filter. I have about 140k miles on it, some issues I deal with is my sunroof leaks into the floor pan of the vehicle, leaving the carpet musty smelling after a hard rain and the inside of the windows fogged up... sometimes becoming ice in the winter. The engine mounts broke after a long trip causing the driveshafts to need replacements... very expensive. The folding plastic shield that protects the drive mode shifter broke apart and actually wedged the shifter in neutral on my way to work one morning forcing me to have to take it apart. The started is electronic and has on occasion not engaged and given me an error which usually just requires me to wait a few minutes and try again. I still like the vehicle a lot... but it's getting old and will need something new soon.

- Zachary B

A practical and zippy commuter

2008 Volvo C30

Vehicle is very fun to drive. It is cramped however, but you can still fit a great deal of stuff in it for trips of up to two people, more and it's uncomfortable. Gas mileage isn't great, but it's decent. The car has very few features, except for heated seats and aux, but I find myself not needing more. The seats are supremely comfortable. I hear positive things about Volvo reliability, however in my case there was a massive defect in the harmonic balancer at 70,000 miles that required a long and expensive engine rebuild. The car is also difficult to work on.

- Nick C

Sporty yet safe. The Volvo c30 is a fun ride, and for the price, very good.

2008 Volvo C30

The bucket seats are very comfortable, even though the car is small, it is not crowded in the front seats. The back has a surprisingly large amount of storage space and the seats in the rear can be folded down for even more. The look of the car is entirely sporty and sleek while keeping to Volvo's policy of safety. It is definitely a very fun drive and reliable as well. While not a winter car, snow tires go a long way making it easier to use year-round. My only complaint is it has unimpressive gas mileage.

- Hannah B

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Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book
$22,700 - $22,950
$25,700

Horsepower

Horsepower
227 hp
227 hp

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.5L DOHC 20
2.5L DOHC 20

Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
Optional
Optional

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry

Rain Sensing Wipers

Rain Sensing Wipers
Optional
Optional

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
Optional

Power Windows

Power Windows

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
Optional
Optional

Power Steering

Power Steering

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
42.3 in.
42.3 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
38.2 in.
38.2 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
33.9 in.
33.9 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
36.4 in.
36.4 in.

Entertainment

MP3 Player

MP3 Player

AUX Input

AUX Input

CD Player

CD Player

Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Wheels

Standard Wheels
Aluminum

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Optional

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
205/50VR17 - 205/55R16
205/50R17 - 215/45R18

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
103.9 in.
103.9 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
38.1 ft.
38.1 ft.

Length

Length
167.4 in.
167.4 in.

Width

Width
70.2 in.
70.2 in.

Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
2970 lbs.
2970 lbs.

Horsepower

Horsepower
227 hp
227 hp

Torque

Torque
236 ft. lbs.
236 ft. lbs.

Maximum Tongue Weight

Maximum Tongue Weight
200 lbs.
200 lbs.

Turbocharged

Turbocharged

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes

Performance Tires

Performance Tires

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
5 Cylinder
5 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
15.9 gal.
15.9 gal.

Combined

Combined
23 mpg
23 mpg

City

City
19 mpg
19 mpg

Highway

Highway
27 - 28 mpg
27 - 28 mpg

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
Optional
Optional

Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes

Stability Control

Stability Control

Traction Control

Traction Control

HID Headlights

HID Headlights
Optional
Optional

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
(Not Rated)

*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front

  • Side

  • Roof Strength

  • Driver-side Overlap Front

    N/A

*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety