Compare Volkswagen GTI vs. Volvo C30 vs. Audi A3

Compare the Volkswagen GTI against the Volvo C30 and Audi A3. Use this tool to compare rankings and see how the GTI, C30 and A3 stack up against each other in terms of performance, features, safety prices and more. Then use our Best Price Program by selecting the trims you are interested in to see local prices and get a great deal on a new GTI, C30 and A3. If you are interested in used cars you can also search used listings in your area.

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2010 Volkswagen GTI 2010 Volvo C30 2010 Audi A3
2010 Volkswagen GTI 2010 Volvo C30 2010 Audi A3
2dr HB Man
  • 2dr HB Man
  • 4dr HB Man
  • 2dr HB DSG
  • 4dr HB DSG
2dr Cpe Man
  • 2dr Cpe Man
  • 2dr Cpe Man w/Moonroof
  • 2dr Cpe Auto
  • 2dr Cpe Auto w/Moonroof
  • 2dr Cpe Man R-Design
  • 2dr Cpe Man R-Design w/Moonroof
  • 2dr Cpe Auto R-Design
  • 2dr Cpe Auto R-Design w/Moonroof
4dr HB Man FrontTrak 2.0T Premium
  • 4dr HB Man FrontTrak 2.0T Premium
  • 4dr HB Man FrontTrak 2.0T Premium Plus
  • 4dr HB S tronic FrontTrak 2.0T Premium
  • 4dr HB S tronic FrontTrak 2.0T Premium Plus
  • 4dr HB S tronic FrontTrak 2.0 TDI Premium
  • 4dr HB S tronic FrontTrak 2.0 TDI Premium Plus
  • 4dr HB S tronic quattro 2.0T Premium
  • 4dr HB S tronic quattro 2.0T Premium Plus


MSRP $23,465 $24,100 $27,270
Invoice $21,885 $22,654 $25,361
Avg. Paid $12,619 $11,824 $14,530

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.0 7.5 7.9
Critics' Rating 9.2 8.2 8.5
Performance 8.9 7.9 8.9
Interior 9.0 7.9 8.2
Cost to Own 9.0 N/A 8.8
Safety 9.0 10.0 10.0
Reliability 2.0 2.0 2.0

Pros & Cons

  • Well-rounded driving dynamics
  • Good gas mileage
  • Spacious, high-quality interior
  • Good gas mileage
  • Great safety ratings
  • Many standard interior features
  • Excellent performance from base engine
  • Great fuel economy with the diesel engine
  • High-quality interior
  • Outstanding safety scores
  • Cumbersome navigation system
  • Cramped rear seats
  • Little cargo space for a hatchback
  • Tight second-row seats  
  • Navigation makes controls confusing

General Specs

Transmission Manual Manual Manual
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas Turbocharged I4 2.0L/121 Turbochanged Gas I5 2.5L/154 Gas I4 2.0L/121
MPG 21 City / 31 Hwy 21 City / 29 Hwy 21 City / 30 Hwy



Body Style 2 Door HB 2 Door Coupe 4 Door HB


Wheelbase(in) 101.5 103.9 101.5
Length, Overall (in) 165.8 167.4 169.0
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.0 70.2 77.4
Height, Overall (in) 57.8 57.0 56.0
Step Up Height - Front (in)
Step Up Height - Side (in)

Doors & Windows

Third Passenger Door
Power Third Passenger Door
Fourth Passenger Door
Power Fourth Passenger Door
Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Privacy Glass
Sliding Rear Window
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Bed Liner
Pickup Bed Tonneau Cover
Stepside Pickup Box
Convertible Hardtop
Convertible Soft Top
Dual Moonroof
Sun/Moon Roof Optional
Panoramic Roof
Fixed Sunroof
Manual Tilt/Sliding Sunroof
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Optional
Sunroof Sunshield
Sunroof Wind Deflector
Targa Roof
Running Boards
Power Retractable Running Boards
Rear Spoiler Standard Standard


Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3034 3201 3219

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season
Tires - Front All-Terrain
Tires - Front Highway
Tires - Front On/Off Road
Tires - Front Performance Standard Standard Standard
Tires - Front Touring
Tires - Rear All-Season
Tires - Rear All-Terrain
Tires - Rear Highway
Tires - Rear On/Off Road
Tires - Rear Performance Standard Standard Standard
Tires - Rear Touring
Compact Spare Tire Standard Standard Standard
Full Size Spare Tire Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard Standard Standard
Chrome Wheels
Wheel Locks Optional
Steel Wheels
Wheel Covers
Wire Wheel Covers


Trailer Hitch Receiver
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)


Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Back-Up Camera
Cruise Control Standard Standard Standard
Heads-Up Display
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Standard Optional Standard
Auto-Off Headlights
HID headlights Optional Optional
Interior Cargo Shade
Keyless Start Optional
Luggage Rack
Rear Parking Aid
Power Liftgate
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard Standard
Rear Seat Heat Ducts Standard
Remote Engine Start
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Standard Optional
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Navigation from Telematics
Trip Computer Standard Standard Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Rain Sensing Wipers Optional
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Optional Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Standard Standard
Rear Floor Mats
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror
Heated Exterior Driver Mirror
Heated Mirrors Standard Standard Optional
Heated Exterior Passenger Mirror
Mirror Memory
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Folding Mirrors Optional
Power Passenger Mirror
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard Standard
All Wheel Steering
Manual Steering
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard


Passenger Capacity 5 4 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 93.5 89 89
Front Head Room (in) 39.3 38.0 39.3
Front Leg Room (in) 41.2 41.6 41.2
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.7 54.7 54.4
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - 54.3 - TBD -
Second Head Room (in) 38.5 37.8 37.0
Second Leg Room (in) 35.5 34.2 34.8
Second Shoulder Room (in) 54.6 51.3 52.8
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - 45.1 - TBD -
Third Leg Room (in)
Fourth Leg Room (in)
Fifth Leg Room (in)
Cargo Volume (cu. ft.)
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (cu. ft.) - TBD - 20.2 39.0
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.)
Ext'd Cab Cargo Volume (cu. ft.)
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (cu. ft.)
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (cu. ft.)
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (cu. ft.)
Cargo Volume to Seat 4 (cu. ft.)


AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard Standard
CD Changer Standard
CD Player Standard Standard Standard
HD Radio Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard Standard
Rear Seat Audio Controls
Satellite Radio Standard Optional Standard
Premium Sound System Optional Optional Standard
Entertainment System
Hard Disk Drive

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Standard Optional Standard
Dual Zone A/C Standard
A/C Standard Standard Standard
Rear A/C

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Optional Optional
Onboard Hands-Free Communications System
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Optional Standard Optional
Cell Phone
Cell Phone Hookup


Cloth Seats Standard Standard
Leather Seats Optional Optional Standard
Premium Synthetic Seats
Vinyl Seats
Additional Rear Seat
Cooled Driver Seat
Cooled Passenger Seat
Cooled Rear Seat
Heated Driver Seat Standard Optional Optional
Heated Passenger Seat
Heated Rear Seat
Driver Lumbar Standard Standard Optional
Passenger Lumbar Standard
Seat Memory
Power Driver Seat Optional Optional
Power Passenger Seat Optional
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard
Fixed Bench Seat
Split Bench Seat
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Optional
Quad Bucket Seats



Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag On/Off Switch
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Air Bag
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Body Air Bag Standard Optional


4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Drum Brakes
Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Auto-On Headlights
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard Standard
Night Vision
Adjustable Pedals
Rollover Protection System Standard
Front Tow Hooks
Rear Tow Hooks
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release
Blind Spot Monitor
Auto-Leveling Headlights
Lane Departure Warning


Engine & Performance

Locking Front Differential
Locking Rear Differential
Four Wheel Drive
All Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard Standard
Rear Wheel Drive
Dual Rear Wheels
10 Cylinder Engine
12 Cylinder Engine
3 Cylinder Engine
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
5 Cylinder Engine Standard
Flat 6 Cylinder Engine
Straight 6 Cylinder Engine
V6 Cylinder Engine
8 Cylinder Engine
Electric Motor
High Output
Rotary engine
Turbocharged Standard Standard Standard
Engine Type Gas Turbocharged I4 Turbochanged Gas I5 Gas I4
Displacement 2.0L/121 2.5L/154 2.0L/121
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 200 @ 5100-6000 227 @ 5000 200 @ 5100-6000
Torque (Net @ RPM) 207 @ 1800-5000 236 @ 1500 - 5000 207 @ 1800-5000
Transmission Manual Manual Manual w/OD
Turning diameter 35.8 38.1 35.1


Gasoline/Natural Gas Bi-Fuel
Gasoline/Propane Bi-Fuel
Diesel Fuel
Electric Fuel System
Flex Fuel/Electric Hybrid
Flexible Fuel Capability
Hybrid Fuel
Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
Natural Gas Fuel
Plug-In Electric/Flex Fuel
Plug-In Electric/Gas
Propane Fuel
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 21 21 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 31 29 30
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14.5 15.9 14.5


Active Suspension System
Air Suspension
Side Stance / Highrider Suspension
Suspension Type - Front Independent MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Rear Independent Multi-Link Four Link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) MacPherson Strut w/Stabilizer Bar
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) 4-link
Suspension Type - Front
Suspension Type - Rear


Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode
1-Speed Automatic
3-Speed Automatic
4-Speed Automatic
5-Speed Automatic
6-Speed Automatic
7-Speed Automatic
8-Speed Automatic
Continuously Variable Trans
Manual Standard Standard Standard
Manual Transmission w/Auto Mode
10-Speed Manual
4-Speed Manual
5-Speed Manual
6-Speed Manual Standard Standard Standard
7-Speed Manual
8-Speed Manual
9-Speed Manual
Transmission Overdrive Switch

Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.