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Front to back: Volvo C30 vs BMW 116i

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[previous|page|next]In a way, this comparo is a study in product-planning strategy. Technically, the BMW 1-Series and the Volvo C30 should be direct competitors, and their variants featured here should be a perfect match for each other spec-wise. After all, we have no doubt that it was the success of the 1-Series that prompted Volvo to create the C30. And yet these two units clearly have a chasm between them in terms of engine choice, list of features, and--perhaps most important--pricing.

Top Gear Philippines Big Test: Volvo C30 vs BMW 1-Series
Basic technical specifications VOLVO C30 2.0L BMW 116i 5-Door
Engine 2.0 DOHC 16V I4 1.6 DOHC 16V I4
Type Naturally aspirated, gasoline Naturally aspirated, gasoline
Capacity (cc) 1,999 1,596
Maximum power (hp @ rpm) 145 @ 6,000 115 @ 5,000
Maximum torque (Nm @ rpm) 185 @ 4,500 150 @ 4,300
Transmission 6-speed automatic 6-speed automatic
Brakes (front/rear) Vented disc/solid disc Vented disc/vented disc
Front suspension Independent MacPherson Independent MacPherson
Rear suspension Independent multilink Independent multilink
Wheels 17in alloy 16in alloy
Tires 205/50 195/55
Dimensions L/W/H (mm) 4,266/1,871/1,447 4,227/1,751/1,430
Power-to-weight ratio (hp / ton) 109.27 95.44
Fuel tank capacity (liters) 55 53
Wheelbase (mm) 2,640 2,660
Curb weight (kg) 1,327 1,205


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