The 2013 Volvo C30 T5 R-Design is a fun and stylish little hatchback in its own right, but the performance, tech, and value of this Polestar limited edition all fall short of the competition.
In a world of automotive sameness, Volvo stays different and cranks up the apps with Sensus Connect.
The 2012 Volvo C30 R-Design, enhanced by the Polestar power upgrade, offers excellent driving performance. Solid cabin electronics are marred by a confused interface.
The 2012 Volvo S60 R-Design does little to justify its extra cost over the standard S60, but otherwise makes for a comfortable, premium sedan with modern tech amenities.
The C30 R-Design Polestar has an uneven package of cabin tech and complicated layers of trim.
The Volvo C30 is like your friend who is smart, stylish -- and a Luddite!
Volvo gives its C30 the hot hatchback treatment with its R-Design sport tuning and Polestar power upgrade. This retro-looking car also features a premium interior, although the cabin tech remains basic.
CNET reviews the 2012 Volvo S60 R-Design, a safe sedan with impressive tech, along with a tuner package boosting power and adding cool wheels.
The Volvo S60 is a very nice car, a reasonable competitor to the BMW 3 Series, but the R-Design label adds little to the car, besides a little more power and a higher price tag.
Volvo pushes safety in the form of collision prevention in the XC60, a five-passenger SUV, by fitting it standard with the City Safety system. The XC60 is a practical car, with good mileage, reasonable power, and an easy driving character.