Compare 2008 BMW 1-Series vs 2009 Volvo C30

2008 BMW 1-Series
2009 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
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
C30 2-Door Coupe Automatic 19 28 $22,372 $23,800
C30 2-Door Coupe Automatic R-Design 19 28 $24,393 $25,950
C30 2-Door Coupe Automatic R-Design w/Sunroof 19 28 $24,393 $25,950
C30 2-Door Coupe Automatic w/Sunroof 19 28 $22,372 $23,800
C30 2-Door Coupe Manual 19 28 $22,372 $23,800
C30 2-Door Coupe Manual R-Design 19 28 $24,393 $25,950
C30 2-Door Coupe Manual R-Design w/Sunroof 19 28 $24,393 $25,950
C30 2-Door Coupe Manual w/Sunroof 19 28 $22,372 $23,800
Pricing
Invoice Price
$30,450
$22,372
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$33,100
$23,800
Monthly Payment Estimate
$552 / month
$397 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 BMW 1-Series makes a true Bimmer available for under $30,000 (but just barely). The 2009 Volvo C30 connects "small" and "premium" in most of the right ways in an attractive, high-quality hatchback.
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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
31.3 34.2
Front Head Room (in)
38.6 38.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- TBD - 89
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 45.1
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.0 54.7
Second Head Room (in)
37.0 37.8
Passenger Capacity
4 4
Second Shoulder Room (in)
42.2 51.3
Front Leg Room (in)
41.2 41.6
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 54.3
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)
- 20.2
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
- 12.9
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 11.8 x - TBD -
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 - TBD -
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 P205/50R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P205/55R16 P205/50R17
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 3201
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7 17 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 - 5000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 19
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 28
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 23
Transmission
Trans Type
6 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.02
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA Geartronic
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.94 5.11
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.46 3.03
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.23 2.27
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.23 1.34
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.85 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.32 4.66
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.66 1.98
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
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 6

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