The Volvo C30 is a sporty looking hatchback coupe, specially targeted at younger or first time car buyers. Volvo may have developed the C30 in order to help remove their image as a car for older, careful, more serious and as some would say it, boring, drivers.
The C30 was discontinued in July 2013, so it may be hard to get one brand new. However, even when buying as a second hand C30, you know you are getting safety, exclusive styling and responsive engines creating a sporty yet refined performance hatchback.
Although the C30 is on the more luxurious end of the scale, it doesn't come with a high tax cost. Depending on the model and engine size, your car could fall into the lower tax bracket range which could help to reduce your running costs.
To give you an idea, a cheaper model could be the Volvo SE 1.6 with the more expensive to run being the SE Sport 2.4 and the SE Lux 2.4.