The 2013 Volvo C30 is a small, three-door hatchback, and given its size and appearance you might expect it to be fairly green. But EPA ratings ring in at just 21 mpg city and 29 (manual) or 30 (automatic) mpg highway. Those figures are closer to what you'd get in a mid-size four-door sedan, and rank on the low end of the compact scale in a year when more than one compact sedan achieves 40 mpg on the highway. Blame, at least in part, it's rather large five-cylinder engine.
In a real-world test drive several model years ago, we saw a real-world 23 mpg during a particularly cold winter road test. Against sportier hatchbacks like the Mazda3 or the Volkswagen GTI, those numbers look a bit better, although versus some of the intermediate options, like the more economical 40-mpg SkyActiv Mazda3 model introduced this past year, this smallest Volvo is looking surprisingly thirsty.