Especially with its new face for 2011, the 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.
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 was redesigned last year 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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|2011 Volvo C30Browse Used Listings||2011 Audi A3Browse Used Listings||2011 BMW 1-SeriesBrowse Used Listings||2011 Mazda MAZDASPEED3Browse Used Listings||2011 Volkswagen GTIBrowse Used Listings||2011 MINI CooperBrowse Used Listings|
|21 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||25 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy|
|Turbocharged Gas I5||Gas I4||Gas I6||N/A||Gas Turbocharged I4||Gas 4-Cyl|
|Compact||Small Station Wgn||Subcompact||N/A||Compact||Minicompact|
|2-Door Coupe Manual||4-Door HB Manual FrontTrak 2.0T Premium||2-Door Coupe 128i SULEV||N/A||2-Door HB Manual||2-Door Coupe|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||N/A||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|2 Door Coupe||4 Door HB||2 Door Coupe||N/A||2 Door HB||2 Door Coupe|
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|2011 Volvo C30 vs. 2011 Audi A3||2011 Volvo C30 vs. 2011 BMW 1-Series||2011 Volvo C30 vs. 2011 Mazda MAZDASPEED3||2011 Volvo C30 vs. 2011 Volkswagen GTI||2011 Volvo C30 vs. 2011 MINI Cooper|