The C50 is a five-doors version of the Volvo C30. It will be unveiled at the end of 2008 and will compete with BMW 1-Series and Audi A3 Sportback. The C59 will go on sale in early 2009, costing around £500 more than the three-door version.
It will have the same wheelbase as the three-door, so there won’t be much more room inside. However, improved back access and versatility will appeal to families, while the extended rear overhang will provide a little more load space. At the front, a modified bumper and grille will further differentiate the C50.
Under the hood there will be the same engines as in the C30: an entry-level 100bhp 1.6-litre petrol and a range-topping 217bhp 2.5 five-cylinder turbo T5.