2010 Volvo C30 vs. Its Competition

2010 Volvo C30 R-Design
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

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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Quick Specs
8.0
The 2010 Volvo C30 offers a look and feel that's unlike any other hatchback, but it sacrifices plenty of practicality to do so.
8.4
Overall the 2010 MazdaSpeed3 delivers pulse-quickening thrills for the back roads—or weekend track forays—all on a tight budget, without sacrificing too much practicality for everyday commuting.
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.
8.0
The 2008 BMW 1-Series makes a true Bimmer available for under $30,000 (but just barely).
MSRP From    
$24,100$23,340$26,920$23,230$28,600
Gas Mileage    
21 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Turbochanged Gas I5Gas I4Gas I4Gas Turbocharged I4Gas I6
EPA Class    
CompactCompactSmall Station WgnCompactSubcompact
Style Name    
2-Door Coupe Manual5-Door HB Manual Mazdaspeed3 Sport4-Door HB MT 2.0T FrontTrak PZEV2-Door HB Manual2-Door Coupe 128i SULEV
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
45554
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
2 Door Coupe5 Door Wagon4 Door HB2 Door HB2 Door Coupe
Transmission    
ManualManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2010 Volvo C30 vs. 2010 Mazda MAZDASPEED32010 Volvo C30 vs. 2009 Audi A32010 Volvo C30 vs. 2009 Volkswagen GTI2010 Volvo C30 vs. 2008 BMW 1-Series