2013 Volvo C30 vs. Its Competition

2013 Volvo C30
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

Straddling the line between performance hot hatches and more flamboyant coupes and city-car designs, the C30 makes a lot of compromises--all in the name of fashion and style.

The Hyundai Veloster also makes some compromises for a fashionable roofline, although its trick third door aids usability; the Hyundai isn't as much fun to drive in base form, but a Turbo is on the way.

The MINI Cooper remains the C30's most direct rival; in Cooper S trim, the MINI offers more satisfying performance and a sprightlier driving feel, while its interior is also more useful and real-world spacious.

At the more refined end of the group is the Volkswagen GTI; while the GTI is satisfying to drive, its fault is that it 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.

The Audi A3 is a design that's been around just as long as the C30; it's a different sort of body style--more like a station wagon--but it's especially spacious and versatile, with an available diesel engine or all-wheel drive.

The BMW 1-Series is also one more rival; it's dynamically superior to the C30, but it's priced beyond the budget of most C30 shoppers.

And we can't forget the Ford Focus ST that will be headed to dealerships later in the year.

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The 2013 Volvo C30 still has a stunning design, inside and out, but its performance and practicality can easily be beat.
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The 2013 Audi A3 wears its age well, and remains a sporty, versatile choice for compact hatchback buyers who can afford a little luxury.
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The 2013 Hyundai Veloster dances the line between sporty coupe and sports car with features, fuel economy, impressive handling, and newfound turbo power.
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The 2013 Mazda 3 drives with a lot more sophistication and verve than you might expect for a small car this affordable, practical, and fuel-efficient.
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The 2013 MINI Cooper models are small-car standouts in style and driving fun, and with several body styles and three different levels of performance you can pick your level of potency and practicality.
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