Volvo C30 2009 vs Audi A3 2008

Volvo C30
2009 - 2013
Audi A3
2008 - 2013
Gearbox: ManualManual
Engine: 2.0 Diesel2.0 Diesel


Power: 136 HP140 HP
Torque: 320 NM320 NM
Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 9.4 seconds9.6 seconds
Volvo C30 engine produces 4 HP less power than Audi A3, the torque is the same for both cars. Despite less power, Volvo C30 reaches 100 km/h speed 0.2 seconds faster.

Fuel consumption

Fuel consumption (l/100km): 5.75.1
Real fuel consumption: 6.3 l/100km5.4 l/100km
The Audi A3 is a better choice when it comes to fuel economy.
By specification Volvo C30 consumes 0.6 litres more fuel per 100 km than the Audi A3, which means that if you drive 15,000 km in a year, the Volvo C30 could require 90 litres more fuel.
By comparing actual fuel consumption based on user reports, Volvo C30 consumes 0.9 litres more fuel per 100 km than the Audi A3.
Fuel tank capacity: 52 litres55 litres
Full fuel tank distance: 910 km in combined cycle1070 km in combined cycle
1130 km on highway1300 km on highway
820 km with real consumption1010 km with real consumption
Audi A3 gets more mileage on one fuel tank.


Length: 4.27 m4.29 m
Width: 1.78 m1.76 m
Height: 1.44 m1.42 m
Both cars are similar in size. Volvo C30 is 2 cm shorter than the Audi A3, 2 cm wider, while the height of Volvo C30 is 2 cm higher.
Trunk capacity: 251 litres370 litres
Trunk max capacity:
with rear seats folded down
no data1104 litres
Audi A3 has more luggage space.
Volvo C30 has 119 litres less trunk space than the Audi A3.
Turning diameter: 10.6 meters10.7 meters
The turning circle of the Volvo C30 is 0.1 metres less than that of the Audi A3.
Gross weight (kg): 1`9001`920
Audi A3 scores higher in safety tests. The Audi A3 scores higher in active safety technologies (stability control, lane assist, automatic braking, etc.) tests.
below average

Audi A3 has fewer problems.
According to annual technical inspection data Volvo C30 has serious deffects in 90 percent more cases than Audi A3, so Audi A3 quality is probably significantly better
Average price (€): 50006600
Pros and Cons: Volvo C30 has
  • lower price
Audi A3 has
  • lower fuel consumption
  • more full fuel tank mileage
  • roomier boot
  • higher safety
  • better safety assist technologies
  • fewer faults
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