Volvo C30 2009 vs BMW 1 series 2007

Volvo C30
2009 - 2013
BMW 1 series
2007 - 2011
Gearbox: ManualManual
Engine: 2.0 Diesel2.0 Diesel


Power: 136 HP143 HP
Torque: 320 NM300 NM
Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 9.4 seconds9 seconds
BMW 1 series is a more dynamic driving.
Volvo C30 engine produces 7 HP less power than BMW 1 series, but torque is 20 NM more than BMW 1 series. Due to the lower power, Volvo C30 reaches 100 km/h speed 0.4 seconds later.

Fuel consumption

Fuel consumption (l/100km): 5.74.5
Real fuel consumption: 6.3 l/100km5.8 l/100km
The BMW 1 series is a better choice when it comes to fuel economy.
By specification Volvo C30 consumes 1.2 litres more fuel per 100 km than the BMW 1 series, which means that if you drive 15,000 km in a year, the Volvo C30 could require 180 litres more fuel.
By comparing actual fuel consumption based on user reports, Volvo C30 consumes 0.5 litres more fuel per 100 km than the BMW 1 series.
Fuel tank capacity: 52 litres51 litres
Full fuel tank distance: 910 km in combined cycle1130 km in combined cycle
1130 km on highway1270 km on highway
820 km with real consumption870 km with real consumption
BMW 1 series gets more mileage on one fuel tank.

Drive type

Wheel drive type: Front wheel drive (FWD)Rear wheel drive (RWD)
Front-wheel drive cars (Volvo C30) have better traction on slippery roads and when climbing hills, better fuel economy, and are less expensive to purchase. On the disadvantage side, FWD cars usually have less towing capacity, poorer acceleration and harder handling. Rear-wheel drive cars (BMW 1 series) have better handling on dry roads, better acceleration, more even weight distribution and more fun to drive. RWD is also better for towing large loads. The cons of rear-wheel drive are less interior and trunk space and more difficulty maneuvering in wet and snowy conditions.


Length: 4.27 m4.24 m
Width: 1.78 m1.75 m
Height: 1.44 m1.42 m
Both cars are similar in size. Volvo C30 is 3 cm longer than the BMW 1 series, 3 cm wider, while the height of Volvo C30 is 2 cm higher.
Trunk capacity: 251 litres330 litres
Trunk max capacity:
with rear seats folded down
no data1150 litres
BMW 1 series has more luggage space.
Despite its longer length, Volvo C30 has 79 litres less trunk space than the BMW 1 series. This could mean that the Volvo C30 uses more space in the cabin, so the driver and passengers could be more spacious and comfortable.
Turning diameter: 10.6 meters11 meters
The turning circle of the Volvo C30 is 0.4 metres less than that of the BMW 1 series, which means Volvo C30 can be easier to manoeuvre in tight streets and parking spaces.
Gross weight (kg): 1`9001`830
Safety: no data
below average

above average
BMW 1 series has fewer problems.
According to annual technical inspection data Volvo C30 has serious deffects in 55 percent more cases than BMW 1 series, so BMW 1 series quality is probably significantly better
Average price (€): 46004600
Pros and Cons:
    BMW 1 sērija has
    • more power
    • lower fuel consumption
    • more full fuel tank mileage
    • roomier boot
    • fewer faults
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