2008 Volvo C30 vs. Its Competition

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Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

Experts from TheCarConnection.com have extensive experience with each of the competitors facing off against the 2008 Volvo C30.

To a car, they are all good choices.

The pair of Audis lead in interior style, with the A3's wagon four-door body style offering greater practicality than the Volvo C30 (interior volume and access to that space).

Both Audis are can be more expensive than the hatchback Volvo.

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Quick Specs
The 2008 Volvo C30 is a satisfying, high-quality hatchback that connects "small" and "premium" in all the right ways.
The 2009 Audi A3 is more than a spruced-up VW hatchback, thanks to the fabulous interior, S-tronic transmission, and V-6 bark.
The TT is a little more engaging to drive than before, but it doesn’t stand out in the crowd quite like the original one did when it was new.
The 2008 BMW 1-Series makes a true Bimmer available for under $30,000 (but just barely).
MSRP From   
Gas Mileage   
19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
I5 TurboGas I4Turbo Gas I4Gas I6
EPA Class   
CompactSmall Station WgnMini-CompactSubcompact
Style Name   
2-Door Coupe Automatic Version 1.04-Door HB MT 2.0T FrontTrak2-Door Coupe Automatic 2.0T FrontTrak2-Door Coupe 128i
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
2 Door Coupe4 Door HB2 Door Coupe2 Door Coupe
AutomaticManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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