The 2010 Volvo C30 still looks fresh and different from any other hatchback on the market.
The most obvious rival to the C30 is the MINI Cooper; the turbocharged MINI Cooper S offers more satisfying performance and a sprightlier driving feel, while its interior is also more useful and real-world spacious.
For even more space while still being stylish, there's the MINI Cooper Clubman S.
On the more sophisticated, refined side there's the BMW 1-Series, which is dynamically superior to the C30 but can be quite pricey when well-equipped.
The Volkswagen GTI has been redesigned for 2010 and offers a slightly more exciting driving feel than before, though it still looks almost exactly like the affordable Golf.
That's the same issue with the MazdaSpeed3, which looks similar to the Mazda3 but offers a rorty turbocharged engine and friskier driving feel while still reserving enough comfort for day-to-day driving.
The Audi A3 remains a more exciting, distinctive choice with an especially spacious, versatile interior layout and available all-wheel drive, though to some people, it's a station wagon.
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|2010 Volvo C30Browse Used Listings||2010 Mazda MAZDASPEED3Browse Used Listings||2009 Audi A3Browse Used Listings||2009 Volkswagen GTIBrowse Used Listings||2008 BMW 1-SeriesBrowse Used Listings|
|21 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy|
|Turbochanged Gas I5||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas Turbocharged I4||Gas I6|
|Compact||Compact||Small Station Wgn||Compact||Subcompact|
|2-Door Coupe Manual||5-Door HB Manual Mazdaspeed3 Sport||4-Door HB MT 2.0T FrontTrak PZEV||2-Door HB Manual||2-Door Coupe 128i SULEV|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|2 Door Coupe||5 Door Wagon||4 Door HB||2 Door HB||2 Door Coupe|
|Manual||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual|