The C30 straddles the line between performance-oriented hot hatches and flamboyant, coupe-like designs with a little more practicality.
The all-new 2012 Hyundai Veloster falls into the latter group; with three doors and a bigger backseat, the new Veloster is more practical than the C30, but its powertrain lacks power and torque compared to the C30.
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.
The Volkswagen GTI offers a slightly more exciting driving feel than before, though it still looks almost exactly like the affordable Golf.
Such is also the case with the MazdaSpeed3, which looks similar to the Mazda3 but offers a rorty turbocharged engine and friskier driving—yet with just enough daily-driver comfort.
And to some people, the Audi A3 will be just a station wagon; however, to others it's a more exciting, distinctive choice with an especially spacious, versatile interior layout and available all-wheel drive.
The BMW 1-Series is also one more rival; it's dynamically superior to the C20, but it's priced beyond the budget of most C30 shoppers.
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