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Volvo C30 DRIVe - 64.2mpg, and CO2 emissions of just 115g/km.

posted on Jan 08 2009 by Jon Bardill

Volvo C30 DRIVe - 64.2mpg, and CO2 emissions of just 115g/km.

Most Hybrids and Eco Green Cars can be not the hottest looking cars right Wrong, just look at this Volvo C30 DRIVe It gets lowered suspension, a multi-spoiler rear and large, glinting alloys, making it every inch a sporty range-topper. Its surprising to actually discover it's Volvo's Eco Green Car. It's the C30 DRIVe - Volvo's Prius-beater. Rather than using hybrid technology to save fuel, this Volvo C30 DRIVe takes the Volkswagen Bluemotion approach. Simply improve on what you've got instead of developing expensive new technology. Volvo has fitted longer gear ratios, low-resistance tyres and a gearchange indicator on the dashboard. In addition to this the power steering saves a tiny amount of fuel and the different gearbox oil has an even smaller, but still useful savings. Contract Hire this Volvo C30 DRIVe and you will notice that the biggest changes are to aerodynamics with the underbody now totally smooth, so it has less resistance to airflow. Fitted with a special rear spoiler, a bespoke bumper with built-in diffuser and alloy wheels are a unique 'airflow' design - all to ensure the C30 passes through air as cleanly as possible.

You would think that the engineers have made significant changes to the 1.6-litre turbodiesel engine, surprisingly it is pretty much unchanged. The main differences are modifications to the electronics making it run smoother at low revs. 3rd to 5th gears are now 'longer'which means the engine spins fewer revs at speed. This is good for economy, but often not for response. Luckily, this engine has clean pull at low revs.

This Volvo C30 DRIVe responds well to acceleration and never feels like it's under performing. The fact is it's actually faster to 62mph than the outgoing non-DRIVe version. This is because 1st and 2nd gears have been made a bit sportier, so the gaps to the higher gears are spread out better. An inherently smooth-revving engine, it's refined and pleasant to use which makes this Volvo C30 DRIVe an indeal car leasing option. Volvo engineers have lowered the suspension by 10mm. This helps this Volvo C30 DRIVe pass through the air more smoothly. It also makes it a bit sportier through the corners, though it's still no Ford Focus - despite being based on that car (Ford being the owners of Volvo).

The Volvo has a more easygoing approach, with stable assurance its watchword, rather than on the limit thrills. This Volvo has deep, dished seats are great to sit in, and the C30 has a spot-on driving position. The stubby gearlever is also racy and the dials are clear with the famed thin-panel centre console is as cool as ever to look at. The DRIVe comes in to its own with the electronic gearchange arrow in the dial pack. This blinks when it's time to change gear which will have you in 4th at little more than 30mph. Because of the gear ratios, that's around 1200rpm.

The Volvo C30 DRIVe changes improve economy by 10 per cent. That means an overall fuel consumption figure of 64.2mpg, and CO2 emissions of just 115g/km. For more information about the Volvo C30 DRIVe, please speak to the Car Leasing Team and see all of our latest contract hire and car leasing prices on our website at