BMW 1 series 2007 vs Volvo C30 2009

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


Power: 143 HP136 HP
Torque: 300 NM320 NM
Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 9 seconds9.4 seconds
BMW 1 series is more dynamic to drive.
BMW 1 series engine produces 7 HP more power than Volvo C30, but torque is 20 NM less than Volvo C30. Thanks to more power BMW 1 series reaches 100 km/h speed 0.4 seconds faster.

Fuel consumption

Fuel consumption (l/100km): 4.55.7
Real fuel consumption: 5.8 l/100km6.3 l/100km
The BMW 1 series is a better choice when it comes to fuel economy.
By specification BMW 1 series consumes 1.2 litres less fuel per 100 km than the Volvo C30, which means that by driving the BMW 1 series over 15,000 km in a year you can save 180 litres of fuel.
By comparing actual fuel consumption based on user reports, BMW 1 series consumes 0.5 litres less fuel per 100 km than the Volvo C30.
Fuel tank capacity: 51 litres52 litres
Full fuel tank distance: 1130 km in combined cycle910 km in combined cycle
1270 km on highway1130 km on highway
870 km with real consumption820 km with real consumption
BMW 1 series gets more mileage on one fuel tank.

Drive type

Wheel drive type: Rear wheel drive (RWD)Front wheel drive (FWD)
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: 4.24 m4.27 m
Width: 1.75 m1.78 m
Height: 1.42 m1.44 m
Both cars are similar in size. BMW 1 series is 3 cm shorter than the Volvo C30, 3 cm narrower, while the height of BMW 1 series is 2 cm lower.
Trunk capacity: 330 litres251 litres
Trunk max capacity:
with rear seats folded down
1150 litresno data
BMW 1 series has more luggage capacity.
Even though the car is shorter, BMW 1 series has 79 litres more trunk space than the Volvo C30. The Volvo C30 may have more interior space, so the cabin could be more spacious and more comfortable for the driver and passengers.
Turning diameter: 11 meters10.6 meters
The turning circle of the BMW 1 series is 0.4 metres more than that of the Volvo C30, which means BMW 1 series can be harder to manoeuvre in tight streets and parking spaces.
Gross weight (kg): 1`8301`900
Safety: no data
above average

below 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
  • lower fuel consumption
  • more full fuel tank mileage
  • roomier boot
  • fewer faults
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