Compare 2009 Volkswagen GTI vs 2008 Volvo C30

2009 Volkswagen GTI
2008 Volvo C30
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2-Door HB Manual
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door HB Manual 21 31 $21,656 $23,230
2-Door HB Manual PZEV 21 31 $21,656 $23,230
4-Door HB Manual 21 31 $22,211 $23,830
4-Door HB Manual PZEV 21 31 $22,211 $23,830
2-Door HB DSG 22 29 $22,755 $24,330
2-Door HB DSG PZEV 22 29 $22,755 $24,330
4-Door HB DSG 22 29 $23,310 $24,930
4-Door HB DSG PZEV 22 29 $23,310 $24,930
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2-Door Coupe Manual Version 1.0
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe Automatic Version 1.0 19 27 $21,573 $22,950
2-Door Coupe Automatic w/Snrf Version 1.0 19 27 $21,573 $22,950
2-Door Coupe Manual Version 1.0 19 28 $21,573 $22,950
2-Door Coupe Manual w/Snrf Version 1.0 19 28 $21,573 $22,950
2-Door Coupe Automatic R-Design 19 27 $24,158 $25,700
2-Door Coupe Automatic Version 2.0 19 27 $24,158 $25,700
2-Door Coupe Automatic w/Snrf R-Design 19 27 $24,158 $25,700
2-Door Coupe Automatic w/Snrf Version 2.0 19 27 $24,158 $25,700
2-Door Coupe Manual R-Design 19 28 $24,158 $25,700
2-Door Coupe Manual Version 2.0 19 28 $24,158 $25,700
2-Door Coupe Manual w/Snrf R-Design 19 28 $24,158 $25,700
2-Door Coupe Manual w/Snrf Version 2.0 19 28 $24,158 $25,700
Pricing
Invoice Price
$21,656
$21,573
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$23,230
$22,950
Monthly Payment Estimate
$387 / month
$383 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Volkswagen GTI is the most conservative-looking of sporty hatches—and a bit pricey for a dressed-up Rabbit—but it redeems itself with the driving experience. The 2008 Volvo C30 is a satisfying, high-quality hatchback that connects "small" and "premium" in all the right ways.
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Fuel Economy
City
21 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
31 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
35.3 33.9
Front Head Room (in)
39.3 38.2
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 41.5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.7 53.6
Passenger Capacity
5 4
Second Head Room (in)
38.5 36.4
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.6 47.0
Front Leg Room (in)
41.2 42.3
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 53.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
94.2 89
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 31.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.3 70.2
Track Width, Front (in)
60.4 60.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.6 5.3
Length, Overall (in)
165.8 167.4
Height, Overall (in)
58.4 57.0
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.7 60.3
Wheelbase (in)
101.5 103.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- TBD - 20
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
15.1 12.9
Brakes
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.28 x 0.98 11.8 x 1.0
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.26 x 0.47 11.0 x 0.4
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.5 15.9
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.01 2.6
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.6 15.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.8 38.1
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
225/45HR17 205/50VR17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
225/45HR17 205/50VR17
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 200
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 2000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 2000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3100 2970
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7 17 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7 17 x 7.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
8.4 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
120 - TBD -
Engine
Displacement
2.0L/121 2.5L/154
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
200 @ 5100-6000 227 @ 5000
Engine Type
Gas Turbocharged I4 I5 Turbo
Fuel System
FSI PFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
207 @ 1800-5000 236 @ 1500
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 19
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
25 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
31 28
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.47 1.27
Trans Type
6 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.11 0.78
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
1.64 - TBD -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.09 1.91
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.94/3.09 3.77
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.10 0.95
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.93 0.65
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.36 3.39
Summary
Vehicle Name
Volkswagen GTI Volvo C30
Body Style
2 Door HB 2 Door Coupe
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
MacPherson Strut NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
4-link NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent MacPherson Strut
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 -

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