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Volvo Sporty Cars Guide

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Volvo C30

Year: Starting at $25,500 MPG 21-29 Since its American debut in 2008, buyers have embraced the Volvo C30 as a bellwether of Scandinavian design. External proportions and details are just right, and the interior is impeccable. With a lusty, turbocharged five-cylinder engine producing 227 horsepower, your choice of a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission, and the sophisticated suspension, the C30 is a delight to drive. It seats four, just like a Porsche Panamera, but you won’t feel anything is wasted. The C30 is available in T5 and T5 R-Design versions, each with Premier, Premier Plus, and Platinum trim levels. The Platinum includes power-operated front seats and sunroof, keyless start, active Xenon headlamps, navigation, and a killer sound system. The C30 Polestar Limited Edition makes its debut in October, but only 250 examples--all in the same hue of Rebel Blue--will reach American showrooms. Polestar is Volvo’s performance subbrand, similar to M at BMW and AMG at Mercedes-Benz; revisions to the engine result in 250 horsepower, and the car rides on unique matte black seventeen-inch wheels. Premier Plus trim is standard for the Polestar, with Platinum optional. The C30 is expensive to build in Belgium for U.S. sale, but Volvo’s loss is our gain. …
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Volvo C70

Year: Starting at $41,200 MPG 18-28 One of the first in the current wave of folding-roof convertibles, the Volvo C70 hasn’t seen many changes since its debut in 2006, yet it remains desirable. The gracefully drawn lines give the car a timeless elegance, while the folding hard top supplies all-season practicality. (There’s even an available Climate package with heated front seats and an interior air quality system.) At the touch of a button, the top goes through its contortions in thirty seconds. With a 227-horsepower turbocharged five-cylinder engine, a reasonable amount of power is on tap, making the C70 fun to drive. A five-speed automatic is the only transmission available. The available Dynamic package adds eighteen-inch wheels, active Xenon headlamps, and a sport steering wheel with aluminum inlays. For a broad upgrade in performance and luxury, add the Inscription package, which first and foremost boosts the engine’s output to 250 horsepower. The Inscription also includes gloss black trim rather than bright pieces, black wheels, a leather-covered dashboard, and rich leather upholstery. T5, Premier Plus, and Platinum trim levels are offered. The latter adds a premium sound system. With the C70’s emphasis on safety and value, it’s no wonder the car has a loyal following, even though “Swedish convertible” used to be an oxymoron. …
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Volvo S60

Year: Starting at $31,900 MPG 21-30 How is it that, while so many car companies struggle with the task of fielding a worthy compact sport sedan, Volvo easily scored a win with the S60? The company’s bestseller holds its own against tough competition, providing American buyers with an appealing alternative. Now available with all-wheel drive, the T5 is the base model, succeeded in the range by the T6 AWD and the T6 AWD R-Design. Like the optional engines in the C30 and C70, the T5’s turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine makes 250 horsepower. The T6 AWD has a 300-horsepower 3.0-liter turbocharged six (325 horsepower in the R-Design model), and all-wheel drive is standard. A six-speed automatic transmission is included with all models. Trim levels are Premier, Premier Plus, and Platinum. The latter adds navigation, a premium sound system, a backup camera, an integrated garage door opener, and active Xenon headlamps. Front and rear parking assistance is available on the R-Design. The S60 keeps up in the technology race, too, adding the standard Personal Car Communicator, first introduced in the S80, which knows from a distance if the car is locked and, thanks to a heartbeat sensor, if an intruder is inside. It even turns on all lights as you approach your car. …
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