"Just purchased 2008 C30 R"4.5 starson by ianrosk
Stereo (quality of sound, ease of use)
Younger look and feel for Volvo
Cons: Options add up quickly
Auto-stick is not very predictable
Backseat headrests impede on visibility
Still running premium fuel
Summary: I just purchased a 2008 C30 R from a dealer trying to clear out the last of the 08's. Unfortunately I was not able to customize the car, but was able to negotiate a very well equipped car for the 'staring at' price for the C30.
I drove one of the base models around for a while and really enjoyed the feel and performance of the car but was very disappointed with the quality of the seats and console. My wife agreed and really wasn't interested in the car until I told her about the R edition.
The R Edition uses top grain leather for the seats and metal for some of the accents and console (as opposed to what appears to be cheap painted plastic). I believe the exterior uses a sportier body kit, painted to match the car and some stainless (rear view mirrors, front grill). The available upgraded stereo should satisfy just about anyone.
I am not sure if I would have bought this car without getting a great price on the R design. By the time you add the options you would expect from a Volvo, this car can easily list for 30k. If you can find the options you want for a price that works, this is a really cool car that offers some safety and options that were previously not available in a car with this stature without looking to BMW and MB.
Hopefully Volvo's pricing will be more successful than BMW and MB have been in this class.