Volvo has slashed the entry price for its stylish C30 hatchback to £14,995.
And in an interesting twist in the trend for diesels and downsized turbo engines, the cheapest model in the range is now a 2.0-litre petrol.
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Volvo C30 saving
The new headline figure represents a £1,300 saving over the previous £16,295 sticker price for the 143bhp petrol-engined C30. The new starting price undercuts the next cheapest model, the D2 1.6-litre diesel, by a massive £3,400.
So why the big incentive to buy what would, not so long ago, have been considered a relatively high-status, high performance model? Quite simply lack of appetite for larger, petrol-engined cars, especially with the current concerns over petrol prices. Looking at the statistics, the 2.0-litre C30 will, according to official combined figures, achieve 37.2mpg against the D2’s 65.7mpg.
CO2 emissions are 177g/km for the petrol and just 114g/km for the diesel, meaning it will cost £300 in the first year and £200 thereafter for car tax (VED) against zero and £30 per year for the diesel. The higher CO2 emissions of the petrol car also put it outside of the 160g/km write-down threshold for company cars – another example of how larger-engined models are becoming ever more expensive to run.
Number crunching aside, less than £15,000 for a brand new Volvo C30 is an good offer, especially for such a stylish car that wouldn’t look out of place alongside VW Sciroccos and Audi TTs costing £10,000 more. And it seriously outguns and undercuts rivals like the Renault Mégane Coupe, the cheapest model in that range being the £16,255 1.6 110 petrol.
The standard specification is generous, too: 16-inch alloy wheels, climate control, stability control and a CD player with aux-in socket are all included. And with that saving on the list price, there are all manner of further options you could indulge in…
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