2008 Volvo C30 vs. Its Competition

2008 Volvo C30
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

Experts from TheCarConnection.com have extensive experience with each of the competitors facing off against the 2008 Volvo C30.

To a car, they are all good choices.

The pair of Audis lead in interior style, with the A3's wagon four-door body style offering greater practicality than the Volvo C30 (interior volume and access to that space).

Both Audis are can be more expensive than the hatchback Volvo.

2008 Volvo C302008 Volvo C30Browse Used Listings2009 Audi A32009 Audi A3Browse Used Listings2009 Volkswagen GTI 2009 Volkswagen GTIBrowse Used Listings2008 Audi TT 2-door Roadster Auto 2.0T FrontTrak Angular Front Exterior View2008 Audi TTBrowse Used Listings2008 BMW 1-Series 128i2008 BMW 1-SeriesBrowse Used Listings
Quick Specs
8.4
The 2008 Volvo C30 is a satisfying, high-quality hatchback that connects "small" and "premium" in all the right ways.
8.4
The 2009 Audi A3 is more than a spruced-up VW hatchback, thanks to the fabulous interior, S-tronic transmission, and V-6 bark.
7.8
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.
8.2
The TT is a little more engaging to drive than before, but it doesn’t stand out in the crowd quite like the original one did when it was new.
8.0
The 2008 BMW 1-Series makes a true Bimmer available for under $30,000 (but just barely).
MSRP From    
$22,950$26,920$23,230$34,800$28,600
Gas Mileage    
19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Engine    
I5 TurboGas I4Gas Turbocharged I4Turbo Gas I4Gas I6
EPA Class    
CompactSmall Station WgnCompactMini-CompactSubcompact
Style Name    
2-Door Coupe Manual Version 1.04-Door HB MT 2.0T FrontTrak PZEV2-Door HB Manual2-Door Coupe Automatic 2.0T FrontTrak2-Door Coupe 128i SULEV
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
45544
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
2 Door Coupe4 Door HB2 Door HB2 Door Coupe2 Door Coupe
Transmission    
ManualManual w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2008 Volvo C30 vs. 2009 Audi A32008 Volvo C30 vs. 2009 Volkswagen GTI2008 Volvo C30 vs. 2008 Audi TT2008 Volvo C30 vs. 2008 BMW 1-Series