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2009 BMW 1-Series 2009 Volkswagen GTI 2009 Volvo C30
     
Convertible
  • Coupe
  • Convertible
  • Coupe
  • Convertible
4dr HB Man
  • 2dr HB Man
  • 4dr HB Man
  • 2dr HB DSG
  • 4dr HB DSG
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 $34,000 $23,830 $23,800
Invoice $31,280 $22,211 $22,372
Avg. Paid $17,272 $12,198 $13,591

U.S. News Scores

Overall 7.6 7.9 7.8
Critics' Rating 8.7 9.3 8.1
Performance 8.8 8.9 7.9
Interior 7.1 8.6 7.9
Operating Cost 7.2 7.8 N/A
Safety N/A 8.5 10.0
Reliability 2.0 2.0 3.0

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Exceptional handling
  • Powerful engine choices
  • High-quality interior
  • Well-rounded performance
  • Good fuel economy
  • Comfortable, spacious interior
  • Attention-grabbing exterior
  • Good fuel economy ratings
  • Outstanding safety score
  • Good reliability rating for the class
Cons
  • Poor reliability
  • Cramped second-row seats
  • Little cargo space
  • Poor reliability rating
  • Low safety score
  • Not as spacious as other hatchbacks

General Specs

Transmission Manual Manual Manual
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas I6 3.0L/183 Gas Turbocharged I4 2.0L/121 I5 Turbo 2.5L/154
MPG 18 City / 28 Hwy 21 City / 31 Hwy 19 City / 28 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style 2 Door Convertible 4 Door HB 2 Door Coupe

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 104.7 101.5 103.9
Length, Overall (in) 172.2 165.8 167.4
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 68.8 69.3 70.2
Height, Overall (in) 55.6 58.4 57.0

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Convertible Soft Top Standard
Sun/Moon Roof Optional
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Optional
Rear Spoiler Standard Optional

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3494 3162 3201

Tires & Wheels

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

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Optional 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
Auto-Off Headlights Standard
HID headlights Optional Standard Optional
Keyless Start Optional Optional
Rear Parking Aid Optional Optional
Front Reading Lamps Optional Standard Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Optional 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 Optional
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Rain Sensing Wipers Standard Optional
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Optional
Front Floor Mats Standard Standard
Rear Floor Mats Standard Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional Optional
Heated Exterior Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Heated Mirrors Standard Standard Standard
Heated Exterior Passenger Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Mirror Memory Optional
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Folding Mirrors Optional
Power Passenger Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Optional Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Optional Standard Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 4 5 4
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) - TBD - 93.1 89
Front Head Room (in) 38.6 39.3 38.2
Front Leg Room (in) 41.2 41.2 41.6
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.0 54.8 54.7
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD - 54.3
Second Head Room (in) 37.0 38.5 37.8
Second Leg Room (in) 31.3 35.3 34.2
Second Shoulder Room (in) 42.2 53.1 51.3
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD - 45.1
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (cu. ft.) - TBD - 20.2
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 8

Entertainment

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

Heating & Cooling

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

Navigation & Communication

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

Seats

Cloth Seats Standard Standard Standard
Leather Seats Standard Standard Standard
Premium Synthetic Seats Standard Standard Standard
Vinyl Seats Standard Standard Standard
Heated Driver Seat Optional Standard Optional
Heated Passenger Seat Optional Standard Optional
Driver Lumbar Optional Standard Standard
Passenger Lumbar Optional Standard
Seat Memory Optional
Power Driver Seat Optional Optional
Power Passenger Seat Optional Optional
Pass-Through Rear Seat Optional Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard
Fixed Bench Seat Optional Standard
Split Bench Seat Optional 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
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Body Air Bag Optional

Brakes

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

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Auto-On Headlights Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard
Rollover Protection System Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard
Rear Wheel Drive Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard
5 Cylinder Engine Standard
Straight 6 Cylinder Engine Standard
Turbocharged Standard Standard
Engine Type Gas I6 Gas Turbocharged I4 I5 Turbo
Displacement 3.0L/183 2.0L/121 2.5L/154
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 230 @ 6500 200 @ 5100-6000 227 @ 5000
Torque (Net @ RPM) 200 @ 2750 207 @ 1800-5000 236 @ 1500 - 5000
Transmission Manual Manual w/OD Manual
Turning diameter 35.1 35.8 38.1

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 18 21 19
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 28 31 28
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14 14.5 15.9

Suspension

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

Transmission

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