Volvo C30

The little Volvo that could.

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Story: Will Sabel Courtney

Model Tested: R Design

Rating: 5 out of 6

Ever peep your gaze at the logo on the front of a Volvo? Look closely and you’ll see the circle-and-arrow male symbol. Despite Volvo’s reputation as a maker of safe, (usually) slow whips, this little hatchback is a manlier manifestation.

Testosterone credit begins with what sits under the hood: a turbocharged five-cylinder that spits out 227 horses and 236 pound-feet. Those aren’t huge figures, but it’s still more grunt than any Mini Cooper puts down. Even when equipped with the five-speed automatic (one less forward gear than the stick shift), this little Volvo never feels low on power, whether cruising around town or hauling down the highway.

While the C30 R’s confidence on the open road makes it feel bigger than it is, once inside the city limits, those tiny dimensions make life a lot easier. This whip weaves through traffic like T.O. through a weak defense, and between its minuscule length and the well-designed back window, no car on earth could be easier to parallel park. The only real downside to this Volvo is the price; toss on the options and the sticker can shoot well past 30 stacks. Still, if you value moves and unconventional style above endless room and a Walmart price, the C30 is a tough car to beat.

Damage: $26,950

Power: 227hp, 236 lb.-ft.

0-60: 6.6 secs.

Gas Cash: 21 city, 30 hwy

Miles Driven: 486