2009 Volvo C30 vs. Its Competition

2009 Volvo C30

TheCarConnection.com editors have previously tested all of the competitors for the Volvo C30.

The two most relevant competitors are the MINI Cooper and Volkswagen GTI.

Both are two-door hatchbacks that have sporty yet practical personalities.

The Cooper is the extrovert of the group, seemingly always yelling, "Look at me, I'm cute!" Style aside, the turbocharged Cooper S will run circles around the C30 in terms of outright performance.

The GTI is certainly more Germanic in character, and it handily outperforms the C30 dynamically and in straight-line acceleration.

However, living with the GTI means you'll be seen as the driver of a VW Rabbit econo-car in the eyes of some, which makes it less appealing than the 2009 Volvo C30.

The Audi A3 and TT lead in interior style, with the A3's wagon body style offering greater practicality than the Volvo C30 (interior volume and access to that space).

Both Audis are more expensive than the hatchback Volvo.

The BMW 1-Series is dynamically superior to the Volvo, but it is a completely different and more expensive animal.

The Bimmer is also the only rear-wheel-drive entry in this group.

2009 Volvo C30 2009 Volvo C30
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2009 Audi A32009 Audi A3
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2008 Audi TT 2-door Roadster Auto 2.0T FrontTrak Angular Front Exterior View2008 Audi TT
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2008 BMW 1-Series 128i2008 BMW 1-Series
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Quick Specs
8.2
The 2009 Volvo C30 connects "small" and "premium" in most of the right ways in an attractive, high-quality hatchback.
8.4
The 2009 Audi A3 is more than a spruced-up VW hatchback, thanks to the fabulous interior, S-tronic transmission, and V-6 bark.
8.2
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.
8.0
The 2008 BMW 1-Series makes a true Bimmer available for under $30,000 (but just barely).
MSRP From   
$23,800$26,920$34,800$28,600
Gas Mileage   
19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Engine   
I5 TurboGas I4Turbo Gas I4Gas I6
EPA Class   
CompactSmall Station WgnMini-CompactSubcompact
Style Name   
2-Door Coupe Automatic4-Door HB MT 2.0T FrontTrak2-Door Coupe Automatic 2.0T FrontTrak2-Door Coupe 128i
Drivetrain   
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
4544
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
2 Door Coupe4 Door HB2 Door Coupe2 Door Coupe
Transmission   
AutomaticManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2009 Volvo C30 vs. 2009 Audi A32009 Volvo C30 vs. 2008 Audi TT2009 Volvo C30 vs. 2008 BMW 1-Series