Long term tests

Volvo C30 T5

A change of custodian for the C30 meant it had to re-earn its badge

I couldn’t believe that I’d managed to land one of the best jobs in publishing, so when Harry said that, as evo’s new art director, I’d get to run a long-termer too, that was the icing on the cake. Then my new boss said, ‘I‘m giving you the Volvo.’

Now, I don’t want to seem ungrateful, but upon hearing that five-letter name I was momentarily disappointed – until, that is, I realised he meant evo’s C30 T5. I’m genuinely intrigued to find out what the safety-conscious Swedes’ take on a hot hatch is like, and I’ve already taken a shine to ours, having spent a good chunk of our first weekend together cleaning it. I’ll let you know what I think of the driving experience next month.

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to our exclusive new offer and SAVE 39% on the shop price, get evo for its original cover price of £3.00 an issue, plus get a FREE gift worth £20!

Running Costs

Date acquiredDecember 2007
Total mileage7943
Costs this month£0
Mileage this month1791
MPG this month27.6

Most Popular


Maserati confirms future plans as FCA/PSA flagship

A new electric GranTurismo, Alfieri super sports car and revenue-grabbing SUV all detailed in Maserati’s grand plan
14 Feb 2020
Porsche Cayman

Porsche Cayman GTS 4.0 2020 review - a cut-price Cayman GT4? 

The 2020 Porsche Cayman GTS 4.0 regains its flat-six and therefore top-billing in the class. It’s a brilliant package for those whom a GT4 is a bit to…
16 Feb 2020
Toyota Corolla

250bhp Toyota GR Corolla hot hatch in the pipeline

Following in the footsteps of the GR Yaris homologation special, Toyota’s Gazoo Racing division is to launch a hot Corolla
13 Feb 2020
Hyundai i30 N hatchback

Hyundai i30 N versus Hyundai i30 TCR

Can Dickie Meaden beat Steve Sutcliffe in a straight(ish) race? We sent them to the Circuit Nuvolari with a pair of Hyundai i30 Ns to find out.
20 Sep 2019