Fresher Volvo C30 gets sports and style options

  • Makeover freshens design
  • Optional sports chassis
  • More interior style options

The Volvo C30 is likely to become a more enticing company car choice from next year with a fresher look and the options of a sports chassis and styling kit.

The hatchback's makeover includes new headlights, air intakes and grille at the front, as well as changes to the interior including a new two-tone trim option.

Buyers have the option of further personalising their cars with the addition of an optional accessory kit that adds aluminium-look side scuff plates and front and rear skidplates.

Those looking to get the most out of the C30 on the open road can specify a 'sports chassis' option on certain models. The modifications include a lower ride height, sharper steering and improved handling.

These latest changes come hot-on-the-heels of low CO2 DRIVe eco-versions launched in summer 2009, which enables user-choosers to select a C30 that is taxed at 13% of its P11D value. For a standard rate tax payer that means a current annual bill of £413 choosing the basic 1.6 DRIVe model.

The DRIVe versions can be specified with a stop-and-start system (Volvo calls it Start/Stop) that cuts the engine in traffic for greater fuel economy - up to 72.4mpg, nearly 10mpg more than the standard DRIVe version.

The new Volvo C30 will be available in early 2010.