TheCarConnection.com editors have previously tested all of the competitors for the Volvo C30.
The two most relevant competitors are the MINI Cooper and Volkswagen GTI.
Both are two-door hatchbacks that have sporty yet practical personalities.
The Cooper is the extrovert of the group, seemingly always yelling, "Look at me, I'm cute!" Style aside, the turbocharged Cooper S will run circles around the C30 in terms of outright performance.
The GTI is certainly more Germanic in character, and it handily outperforms the C30 dynamically and in straight-line acceleration.
However, living with the GTI means you'll be seen as the driver of a VW Rabbit econo-car in the eyes of some, which makes it less appealing than the 2009 Volvo C30.
The Audi A3 and TT lead in interior style, with the A3's wagon body style offering greater practicality than the Volvo C30 (interior volume and access to that space).
Both Audis are more expensive than the hatchback Volvo.
The BMW 1-Series is dynamically superior to the Volvo, but it is a completely different and more expensive animal.
The Bimmer is also the only rear-wheel-drive entry in this group.
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|I5 Turbo||Gas I4||Gas Turbocharged I4||Turbo Gas I4||Gas I6|
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|2 Door Coupe||4 Door HB||2 Door HB||2 Door Coupe||2 Door Coupe|
|Manual||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Manual|