Volvo has decided to create a new regular production R-Design model for 2009. The C30 R-Design becomes the top model in the range, featuring Off Black Flextech/Creme premium leather seating surfaces with embossed R-Design logo, a special front grille with matte silver surround and R-Design logo, matte finish outside rearview mirrors, and R-Design watch dial instrument cluster, unique aluminum inlays, R-Design sport steering wheel and sport pedals.

A new Preferred Package, offered on both the T5 and R-Design includes a power driver’s seat, front fog lights, trip computer, leather parking brake cover, Keyless drive and Dynaudio sound system.

C30 is built with a solid body with generous front and rear tracks and a relatively long wheelbase contribute to giving it inspiring and stable driving characteristics. The chassis, with MacPherson front wheel suspension and a Multilink rear axle, is optimized to provide control and precise response to the driver’s inputs.

The C30 is powered by a turbocharged 5-cylinder engine that produces 227 horsepower. Driving enthusiasts will appreciate that the C30 is 8.5 inches shorter and weighs around 320 pounds less than the S40 sedan. While the C30 may be shorter, there is still plenty of room for four adults and all their stuff.

Base model estimated mpg: 19/28

Estimated starting price: $23,800

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