Everybody’s talking about low CO2 levels in cars - or at least they are in the company-dominated sector where Volvo sells most of its more compact models.
Hence the Swedish company’s ‘DRIVe’ initiative, aimed at showing that you don’t need to buy a very small car to be very green. Proof comes in ‘DRIVe’ versions of the 1.6-litre diesel models in the C30, S40 and V50 line-ups. It’s the C30 we’re looking at here.
This is Volvo’s version of numerous other efficiency brands offered by manufacturers across the industry. Let’s take this C30 1.6D DRIVe as an example, Its CO2 figure of 99g/km will certainly attract attention and the fuel economy’s very impressive too, with this car achieving 74.3mpg on the combined cycle. So you can get up to 857 miles out of a tank-full. It’s a decent improvement over the standard D2 model - which it needs to be to justify the couple of hundred pounds premium that the DRIVe package will cost you.
All C30 models are stylish and genuinely enjoyable to drive while also retaining core Volvo qualities like build quality and safety. The car’s sleek looks do come at the expense of interior space and both rear legroom and luggage capacity could be better but overall, the C30 is a highly desirable alternative to other premium small cars.
Everything about the C30 1.6 DRIVe is very sensible - much like the DRIVe package itself. Thinking of downsizing to a cheaper car to lower your running costs? At this rate, you may not have to.
FACTS AT A GLANCE
CAR: Volvo C30 1.6D DRIVe
PRICE: £18,905-£21,890 - on the road
INSURANCE GROUP: 18
CO2 EMISSIONS: 99g/km [with Start/Stop]
PERFORMANCE: Max Speed 118mph / 0-60mph 10.7s
FUEL CONSUMPTION: (combined) 74.3mpg [with Start/Stop]
STANDARD SAFETY FEATURES: Twin front and curtain airbags, WHIPS seats, side impact protection system
WILL IT FIT IN YOUR GARAGE?: Length/width/height 4248/1780/1450mm.