Compare 2009 Volvo C30 vs 2009 Volkswagen GTI

2009 Volvo C30
2009 Volkswagen GTI
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2-Door Coupe Manual
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe Automatic 19 28 $22,372 $23,800
2-Door Coupe Automatic w/Sunroof 19 28 $22,372 $23,800
2-Door Coupe Manual 19 28 $22,372 $23,800
2-Door Coupe Manual w/Sunroof 19 28 $22,372 $23,800
2-Door Coupe Automatic R-Design 19 28 $24,393 $25,950
2-Door Coupe Automatic w/Sunroof R-Design 19 28 $24,393 $25,950
2-Door Coupe Manual R-Design 19 28 $24,393 $25,950
2-Door Coupe Manual w/Sunroof R-Design 19 28 $24,393 $25,950
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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
Pricing
Invoice Price
$22,372
$21,656
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$23,800
$23,230
Monthly Payment Estimate
$397 / month
$387 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Volvo C30 connects "small" and "premium" in most of the right ways in an attractive, high-quality hatchback. 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.
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Fuel Economy
City
19 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
51.3 54.6
Front Leg Room (in)
41.6 41.2
Front Hip Room (in)
54.3 - TBD -
Passenger Volume (ft³)
89 94.2
Second Leg Room (in)
34.2 35.3
Front Head Room (in)
38.2 39.3
Second Hip Room (in)
45.1 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.7 54.7
Passenger Capacity
4 5
Second Head Room (in)
37.8 38.5
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
57.0 58.4
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.3 59.7
Wheelbase (in)
103.9 101.5
Liftover Height (in)
31.8 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.2 69.3
Track Width, Front (in)
60.4 60.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.3 5.6
Length, Overall (in)
167.4 165.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
20.2 - TBD -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
12.9 15.1
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.0 x - TBD - 11.26 x 0.47
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)
11.8 x - TBD - 12.28 x 0.98
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
15.9 14.5
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.6 3.01
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.4 15.6
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.1 35.8
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/50R17 225/45HR17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P205/50R17 225/45HR17
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3201 3100
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 17 x 7
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 17 x 7
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 8.4
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 120
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
PFI FSI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
236 @ 1500 - 5000 207 @ 1800-5000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.5L/154 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
227 @ 5000 200 @ 5100-6000
Engine Type
I5 Turbo Gas Turbocharged I4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
23 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 31
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 21
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.65 0.93
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.39 3.36
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.27 1.47
Trans Type
6 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.78 1.11
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.20 1.64
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.91 2.09
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.77 3.94/3.09
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.95 1.10
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual w/OD
Summary
Vehicle Name
Volvo C30 Volkswagen GTI
Body Style
2 Door Coupe 2 Door HB
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA 4-link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA MacPherson Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Independent
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 7

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