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by Tim Beissmann

The 2012 Volvo C30 is now on sale in Australia. The upgraded line-up includes the new Lifestyle trim level, as well as additional standard equipment and revised prices.

 

The price of the entry-level 1.6 DRIVe has increased $840, although it is now fitted with rear park assist and Volvo’s High Performance Sound system – features that were previously options totalling $2000.

These add to the standard features list, which already includes cruise control, USB input for iPod connectivity, Bluetooth audio streaming, auto-dimming rear-view mirror and LED daytime running lights.

The new Volvo C30 T5 Lifestyle is equipped similarly to the T5 R-Design model, coming standard with Active Bending Lights, rain-sensing wipers, leather upholstery, electric driver’s seat, rear-centre armrest, and a hard load cover for the luggage area. The unique Zaurak diamond-cut 17-inch alloy wheels ensure the Lifestyle stands out from the crowd.

The sports-oriented C30 R-Design scores 18-inch alloy wheels and silver mirrors, as well as R-Design upholstery, badges, sports pedals, floor mats, front grille and sports body kit.

Two new colours have been added to the range – Hello Yellow and Caspian Blue – as well as two new exterior contrast colours: Orange Flame and Terra Bronze.

The powertrains are unchanged, meaning the 1.6 DRIVe model continues to use just 3.9 litres/100km on the combined cycle, and the 169kW/320Nm T5 models can still launch from 0-100km/h in 6.7 seconds (with the six-speed manual transmission).

Volvo Australia will be hoping the MY12 upgrades give the two-door, four-seat Volvo C30 coupe a sales boost. In the first eight months of 2011, Volvo sold 306 C30s, giving it a 4.3 per cent share of the $40,000-plus small car segment, which is dominated by the Mercedes-Benz B-Class (1654 sales, 23.1 per cent market share), Audi A1 (1135, 15.8 per cent), Audi A3 (1128, 15.7 per cent) and the MINI Cooper (1051, 14.7 per cent).

2012 Volvo C30 manufacturer’s list prices (excluding government and dealer charges):

  • 1.6 DRIVe manual – $36,990 (up $840)
  • T5 S manual – $37,490 (up $500)
  • T5 S automatic – $38,990 (up $500)
  • T5 Lifestyle manual – $39,990 (new model)
  • T5 Lifestyle automatic – $41,490 (new model)
  • T5 R-Design manual – $41,990 (down $960)
  • T5 R-Design automatic – $43,490 (down $960)
Read CarAdvice’s review of the 2012 Volvo C30.



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