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Volvo C30 T5

Our C30 made light work of a 280-mile trek for new staffer Stephen Dobie

As evo’s 21-year-old new boy, I’m just the sort of person Volvo wants the C30 to impress. And after spending a good chunk of the month behind the wheel of art director Lang’s T5 version, I think I’m sold. Plenty of mates were fans too, and I was amazed by how many appreciative nods it gets in traffic.

I’m not sure how well it would work without the T5’s R‑design kit, though – or its 2.5-litre turbo motor, for that matter. Its smooth delivery may be at odds with the C30’s wild looks, but it made easy work of a 280-mile trek from Heathrow to home in Sunderland.

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Running Costs

Date acquiredDecember 2007
Total mileage11,845
Costs this month£0

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