Compare 2012 Volvo C30 vs 2012 Audi A3

2012 Volvo C30
2012 Audi A3
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2-Door Coupe Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe Automatic 21 30 $23,453 $24,950
2-Door Coupe Manual 21 29 $23,453 $24,950
2-Door Coupe Automatic Premier Plus 21 30 $25,333 $26,950
2-Door Coupe Manual Premier Plus 21 29 $25,333 $26,950
2-Door Coupe Automatic R-Design 21 30 $25,803 $27,450
2-Door Coupe Manual R-Design 21 29 $25,803 $27,450
2-Door Coupe Automatic Platinum 21 30 $27,589 $29,350
2-Door Coupe Manual Platinum 21 29 $27,589 $29,350
2-Door Coupe Automatic R-Design Premier Plus 21 30 $27,683 $29,450
2-Door Coupe Manual R-Design Premier Plus 21 29 $27,683 $29,450
2-Door Coupe Automatic R-Design Platinum 21 30 $29,939 $31,850
2-Door Coupe Manual R-Design Platinum 21 29 $29,939 $31,850
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4-Door HB Manual FrontTrak 2.0T Premium
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door HB Manual FrontTrak 2.0T Premium 21 30 $25,361 $27,270
4-Door HB Manual FrontTrak 2.0T Premium Plus 21 30 $25,361 $27,270
4-Door HB Manual FrontTrak PZEV 2.0T Premium 21 30 $25,361 $27,270
4-Door HB Manual FrontTrak PZEV 2.0T Premium Plus 21 30 $25,361 $27,270
4-Door HB S tronic FrontTrak 2.0T Premium 22 28 $26,737 $28,750
4-Door HB S tronic FrontTrak 2.0T Premium Plus 22 28 $26,737 $28,750
4-Door HB S tronic FrontTrak PZEV 2.0T Premium 22 28 $26,737 $28,750
4-Door HB S tronic FrontTrak PZEV 2.0T Premium Plus 22 28 $26,737 $28,750
4-Door HB S tronic FrontTrak 2.0 TDI Premium 30 42 $28,133 $30,250
4-Door HB S tronic FrontTrak 2.0 TDI Premium Plus 30 42 $28,133 $30,250
4-Door HB S tronic quattro 2.0T Premium 21 28 $28,691 $30,850
4-Door HB S tronic quattro 2.0T Premium Plus 21 28 $28,691 $30,850
Pricing
Invoice Price
$23,453
$25,361
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$24,950
$27,270
Monthly Payment Estimate
$416 / month
$455 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2012 Volvo C30 has top-notch safety and style; but it's not as racy as it looks and not any more practical than it looks. The fashionable, versatile 2012 Audi A3 is as deft for the city commute as it is at ease on the highway.
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Fuel Economy
City
21 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
30 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Small Station Wagons
Interior Dimensions
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.7 54.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
89 89.0
Second Head Room (in)
37.8 36.9
Second Shoulder Room (in)
51.3 52.8
Front Leg Room (in)
41.6 41.2
Passenger Capacity
4 5
Front Hip Room (in)
54.3 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
34.2 34.8
Front Head Room (in)
38.2 39.3
Second Hip Room (in)
45.1 - TBD -
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.3 4.3
Length, Overall (in)
167.4 169.0
Height, Overall (in)
57.0 56.0
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.3 59.3
Wheelbase (in)
103.9 101.5
Liftover Height (in)
31.7 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.2 78.5
Track Width, Front (in)
60.4 60.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
12.9 19.5
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
20.2 39.0
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)
11.0 x 0.4 11.0 x - TBD -
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 1.0 12.3 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
15.9 14.5
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.4 16.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.9 35.1
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.6 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
36.4 - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size
P205/50VR17 P225/45R17
Spare Tire Size
125/85/16 Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/50VR17 P225/45R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
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
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3200 3219
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.0 17 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.0 17 x 7.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 9.1
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 140
Engine
Displacement
2.5L/154 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
227 @ 5000 200 @ 5100-6000
Engine Type
Turbocharged Gas I5 Turbocharged Gas I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
236 @ 2300 207 @ 1800-5000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
30 30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 21
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
24 24
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.98 1.47
Trans Type
5 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.02 1.11
Trans Description Cont. Again
Geartronic NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
5.11 3.99
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
3.03 2.09
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.27 3.94/3.09
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.34 1.10
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.93
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.66 3.36
Summary
Vehicle Name
Volvo C30 Audi A3
Body Style
2 Door Coupe Hatchback
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Four Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 5
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.6 7.8

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