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Selected Style 2-Door HB Manual
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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
2-Door Coupe Manual Version 1.0
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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
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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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
Fuel Economy - City 21 mpg 19 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 31 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
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
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
Exterior Dimensions
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
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - 31.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.3 70.2
Track Width, Front (in) 60.4 60.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) 15.1 12.9
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) - TBD - 20
Brakes
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
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 12.28 x 0.98 11.8 x 1.0
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14.5 15.9
Steering
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
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.01 2.6
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size 225/45HR17 205/50VR17
Spare Tire Size Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size 225/45HR17 205/50VR17
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA 2000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA 2000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA 200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA 200
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3100 2970
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in) - TBD - Compact
Rear Wheel Material Alloy Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7 17 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material Alloy Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7 17 x 7.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 8.4 - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 120 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
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
Displacement 2.0L/121 2.5L/154
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 200 @ 5100-6000 227 @ 5000
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 25 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 31 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 21 19
Transmission
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
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
Summary
Body Style 2 Door HB 2 Door Coupe
Vehicle Name Volkswagen GTI Volvo C30
Suspension
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
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) MacPherson Strut NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 7 -
 
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