Compare 2008 BMW 1-Series vs 2008 Volvo C30

2008 BMW 1-Series
2008 Volvo C30
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2-Door Conv 128i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
1 Series 2-Door Conv 128i 18 28 $30,450 $33,100
1 Series 2-Door Conv 128i SULEV 18 28 $30,450 $33,100
1 Series 2-Door Conv 135i 17 26 $35,970 $39,100
1 Series 2-Door Coupe 128i 18 28 $26,310 $28,600
1 Series 2-Door Coupe 128i SULEV 18 28 $26,310 $28,600
1 Series 2-Door Coupe 135i 17 25 $32,110 $34,900
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2-Door Coupe Automatic R-Design
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
C30 2-Door Coupe Automatic R-Design 19 27 $24,158 $25,700
C30 2-Door Coupe Automatic R-Design w/Snrf 19 27 $24,158 $25,700
C30 2-Door Coupe Automatic Version 1.0 19 27 $21,573 $22,950
C30 2-Door Coupe Automatic Version 1.0 w/Snrf 19 27 $21,573 $22,950
C30 2-Door Coupe Automatic Version 2.0 19 27 $24,158 $25,700
C30 2-Door Coupe Automatic Version 2.0 w/Snrf 19 27 $24,158 $25,700
C30 2-Door Coupe Manual R-Design 19 28 $24,158 $25,700
C30 2-Door Coupe Manual R-Design w/Snrf 19 28 $24,158 $25,700
C30 2-Door Coupe Manual Version 1.0 19 28 $21,573 $22,950
C30 2-Door Coupe Manual Version 1.0 w/Snrf 19 28 $21,573 $22,950
C30 2-Door Coupe Manual Version 2.0 19 28 $24,158 $25,700
C30 2-Door Coupe Manual Version 2.0 w/Snrf 19 28 $24,158 $25,700

Pricing

Invoice Price

$30,450
$24,158

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$33,100
$25,700

Monthly Payment Estimate

$552 / month
$428 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

8.0
8.4

TCC’s Bottom Line

The 2008 BMW 1-Series makes a true Bimmer available for under $30,000 (but just barely). The 2008 Volvo C30 is a satisfying, high-quality hatchback that connects "small" and "premium" in all the right ways.

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Fuel Economy

City

18 mpg 19 mpg

Highway

28 mpg 27 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Subcompact Compact

Interior Dimensions

Second Leg Room (in)

31.3 33.9

Front Head Room (in)

38.6 38.2

Passenger Volume (ft³)

- TBD - 89

Second Hip Room (in)

- TBD - 41.5

Front Shoulder Room (in)

54.0 53.6

Second Head Room (in)

37.0 36.4

Passenger Capacity

4 4

Second Shoulder Room (in)

42.2 47.0

Front Leg Room (in)

41.2 42.3

Front Hip Room (in)

- TBD - 53.1

Exterior Dimensions

Liftover Height (in)

- TBD - 31.8

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

68.8 70.2

Track Width, Front (in)

58.3 60.4

Min Ground Clearance (in)

- TBD - 5.3

Length, Overall (in)

172.2 167.4

Height, Overall (in)

55.6 57.0

Track Width, Rear (in)

59.6 60.3

Wheelbase (in)

104.7 103.9

Cargo Area Dimensions

Trunk Volume (ft³)

9.1 - 10.7 -

Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)

- 20

Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)

- 12.9

Brakes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

11.8 11.8 x 1.0

Drum - Rear (Yes or )

NA NA

Brake ABS System

Yes 4-wheel

Disc - Rear (Yes or )

Yes Yes

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

11.8 11.0 x 0.4

Brake Type

4-Wheel Pwr

Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)

NA NA

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Yes Yes

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

14 15.9

Steering

Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)

- TBD - - TBD -

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

16.0 15.4

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

35.1 38.1

Steering Type

Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

- TBD - 2.6

Tires

Rear Tire Size

P205/55R16 215/45R18

Rear Tire Order Code

NA NA

Front Tire Size

P205/55R16 215/45R18

Spare Tire Size

NA Compact

Front Tire Order Code

NA NA

Spare Tire Order Code

NA NA

Trailering

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

- TBD - 200

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

NA 200

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

- TBD - 2000

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

NA 2000

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

3494 2970

Wheels

Front Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum

Spare Wheel Material

NA Steel

Front Wheel Size (in)

16 x 7 18 x 7.5

Spare Wheel Size (in)

NA Compact

Rear Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum

Rear Wheel Size (in)

16 x 7 18 x 7.5

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)

- TBD - - TBD -

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

- TBD - - TBD -

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

- TBD - - TBD -

Engine

Displacement

3.0L/183 2.5L/154

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

230 @ 6500 227 @ 5000

Engine Type

Gas I6 I5 Turbo

Fuel System

- TBD - PFI

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

200 @ 2750 236 @ 1500

Engine Order Code

NA NA

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

18 19

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

28 27

Transmission

Trans Type

6 5

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.00 - TBD -

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA Geartronic

Drivetrain

Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive

Reverse Ratio (:1)

3.94 - TBD -

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

2.46 - TBD -

Trans Order Code

NA NA

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

3.23 - TBD -

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.23 - TBD -

Trans Description Cont.

Manual Automatic

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.85 NA

First Gear Ratio (:1)

4.32 - TBD -

Clutch Size (in)

- TBD - NA

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

1.66 - TBD -

Summary

Vehicle Name

BMW 1 Series Volvo C30

Body Style

2 Door Convertible 2 Door Coupe

Suspension

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

Strut Type NA

Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)

- TBD - - TBD -

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Suspension Type - Rear

Multi-link Multi-link

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

NA NA

Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)

- TBD - - TBD -

Suspension Type - Front

Double-Pivot MacPherson Strut

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