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2009 Volkswagen GTI 2009 Volvo S40 2009 Volvo C30
     
4dr HB Man
  • 2dr HB Man
  • 4dr HB Man
  • 2dr HB DSG
  • 4dr HB DSG
4dr Sdn 2.4L FWD
  • 4dr Sdn 2.4L FWD
  • 4dr Sdn 2.5T R-Design FWD
  • 4dr Sdn 2.5T R-Design AWD
2dr Cpe Man
  • 2dr Cpe Man
  • 2dr Cpe Man w/Sunroof
  • 2dr Cpe Auto
  • 2dr Cpe Auto w/Sunroof
  • 2dr Cpe Man R-Design
  • 2dr Cpe Man R-Design w/Sunroof
  • 2dr Cpe Auto R-Design
  • 2dr Cpe Auto R-Design w/Sunroof

Prices

MSRP $23,830 $28,550 $23,800
Invoice $22,211 $26,837 $22,372
Avg. Paid $12,122 $12,258 $12,354

U.S. News Scores

Overall 7.9 7.8 7.8
Critics' Rating 9.3 8.1 8.1
Performance 8.9 7.6 7.9
Interior 8.6 7.8 7.9
Operating Cost 7.7 N/A N/A
Safety 8.5 8.9 10.0
Reliability 2.0 3.5 3.0

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Well-rounded performance
  • Good fuel economy
  • Comfortable, spacious interior
  • Good cargo space
  • Best reliability score in the class
  • Available all-wheel drive
  • Attention-grabbing exterior
  • Good fuel economy ratings
  • Outstanding safety score
  • Good reliability rating for the class
Cons
  • Poor reliability rating
  • Low safety score
  • Not as fast or agile as the competition
  • Hard-to-use interior controls
  • Not as spacious as other hatchbacks

General Specs

Transmission Manual Automatic Manual
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas Turbocharged I4 2.0L/121 Gas I5 2.4L/149 I5 Turbo 2.5L/154
MPG 21 City / 31 Hwy 20 City / 31 Hwy 19 City / 28 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style 4 Door HB 4 Door Sedan 2 Door Coupe

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 101.5 103.9 103.9
Length, Overall (in) 165.8 176.2 167.4
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.3 69.7 70.2
Height, Overall (in) 58.4 57.2 57.0

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Sun/Moon Roof Optional Standard
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Optional Standard
Sunroof Sunshield Standard
Rear Spoiler Standard Optional

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3162 3273 3201

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front Performance Standard Standard Standard
Tires - Rear Performance Standard Standard Standard
Compact Spare Tire Standard Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard Standard Standard
Chrome Wheels Optional

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Standard Optional
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Cruise Control Standard Standard Optional
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Standard Standard Optional
HID headlights Standard Optional Optional
Keyless Start Optional
Rear Parking Aid Optional
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard Standard
Rear Seat Heat Ducts Standard
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Standard Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Trip Computer Standard Standard Optional
Remote Trunk Release Standard Standard Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Optional
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Rain Sensing Wipers Optional Optional
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Optional Optional
Front Floor Mats Standard Standard Standard
Rear Floor Mats Standard Standard Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional
Heated Exterior Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Heated Mirrors Standard Standard Standard
Heated Exterior Passenger Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Passenger Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 5 5 4
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 93.1 92 89
Front Head Room (in) 39.3 38.1 38.2
Front Leg Room (in) 41.2 41.6 41.6
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.8 55.2 54.7
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - 53.7 54.3
Second Head Room (in) 38.5 37.2 37.8
Second Leg Room (in) 35.3 34.4 34.2
Second Shoulder Room (in) 53.1 54.1 51.3
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - 50.7 45.1
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (cu. ft.) - TBD - 20.2
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 12.6

Entertainment

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

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Optional
A/C Standard Standard Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Optional Optional
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Standard Optional

Seats

Cloth Seats Standard Standard Standard
Leather Seats Optional Optional Optional
Heated Driver Seat Standard Optional Optional
Heated Passenger Seat Standard Optional Optional
Driver Lumbar Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Lumbar Standard
Power Driver Seat Standard Optional
Power Passenger Seat Optional
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard

Safety

Airbags

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

Brakes

4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard
5 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
Turbocharged Standard Standard
Engine Type Gas Turbocharged I4 Gas I5 I5 Turbo
Displacement 2.0L/121 2.4L/149 2.5L/154
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 200 @ 5100-6000 168 @ 6000 227 @ 5000
Torque (Net @ RPM) 207 @ 1800-5000 170 @ 4400 236 @ 1500 - 5000
Transmission Manual w/OD Automatic, Manual
Turning diameter 35.8 34.9 38.1

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 21 20 19
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 31 31 28
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14.5 15.9 15.9

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front Independent MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Rear Independent Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) 4-link

Transmission

Automatic Standard
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Standard
5-Speed Automatic Standard
Manual Standard Standard
6-Speed Manual Standard Standard