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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Reliable fuel consumption data for comparison purposes is not available for this model.

Fuel economy

A more stringent standard for fuel economy (WLTP) was introduced from September 2017, and this model was not required to undergo that test. Its fuel economy measured under the previous test system was 30 - 78 mpg. However these figures are less likely to be achievable in real world driving and so should never be compared to another car's mpg which was measured under the newer, more realistic WLTP system.

There's not too much to worry about when considering Volvo C30 running costs. It should hold on to its value well thanks to a good standard specification and it Volvo's strong reputation for reliability. Expect R-Design models to retain around half their original price at three years old, although other versions are more likely to be worth about 40 per cent of the initial price.

Running costs on the diesels and smaller petrols are economical with the early 1.6-litre diesel returning 57mpg on average, however, the later DRIVe versions are capable of more than 60mpg, while those available from summer 2009 with stop-start offer up to 72mpg.

Volvo C30 emissions are fairly impressive. Setting aside the slower-selling larger engine models, the C30 range - particularly from December 2008 - offers a good range of low-emission models for anyone who feels guilty about how much CO2 their cars produce when they drive. Under the DRIVe banner, CO2 emissions of the 1.6D were reduced from 129g/km at launch, to 119g/km.

The second phase of DRIVe, launched in summer 2009, offers an optional stop-and-start system, which shuts down the engine when stopped in traffic, to achieve just 104g/km.

Volvo C30 reliability isn't quite as good as you might expect from the Swedish firm. While Volvo has a good track record for reliability, the C30 hasn't proved completely trouble-free and there have been several recalls since the end of 2007, many to do with potential braking problems. Volvo dealers have a good reputation for customer care though, so any faults should be dealt with quickly and efficiently.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £0 - £325
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Insurance group 14 - 34
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