Premium hatchbacks - specifications

 Volvo C30Mercedes 220Audi A3
On-the-road price/total as tested"£19,295/£20,520""£23,770/£27,255""£20,080/£21,700"
"Retained value (after 3yrs/36,000)"N/A"£12,194/51.3 per cent""£9,679/48.2 per cent"
Running costs (pence per mile)N/A56.848.7
Engine/capacity "4cyl/1,997cc turbo""4cyl/2,148cc turbo""4cyl/1,968cc turbo"
Peak power "134/4,000 bhp/rpm""148/4,200 bhp/rpm""138/4,000 bhp/rpm"
Peak torque "320/2,000 Nm/rpm""340/2,000 Nm/rpm""320/1,750 Nm/rpm"
Transmission "6-spd, man/fwd""6-spd, man/rwd""6-spd, man/fwd"
Fuel tank capacity/spare wheel52 litres/space saver62 litres/space saver55 litres/space saver
Boot capacity (seats up/folded) "364/1,010 litres""310/1,100 litres""350/1,100 litres"
Kerbweight/payload/towing weight"1,346/494/1,500kg""1,515/455/1,500kg""1,340/560/1,400kg"
Turning circle/drag coefficient10.3 metres/0.31Cd10.8 metres/N/A10.7 metres/0.32Cd
Euro NCAP rating/insurance grp/cost N/A/TBC/N/AN/A/14/£500 Four stars/11/£471
Basic warranty (miles)/recovery"3y (60,000)/1y Volvo"3y (unltd)/30y Mob Life"3yrs (60,000)/3yrs RAC"
Service intervals/UK dealers"12,500 miles/146"Variable miles/170Variable miles/117
Cost of 1st/2nd/3rd service N/A£250/£450/£250£335/£425/£335
30-70 thru gears 9.4secs9.5secs8.3secs
30-50 in 3rd/4th 3.3/4.7secs3.7secs (in kickdown)3.8/5.7secs
50-70 in 5th/6th 6.8/10.7secs5.6secs (in kickdown)7.2/10.0secs
Top speed 130mph139mph129mph
Braking 60-0/30-0mph 40.4/9.2 metres34.6/8.7 metres35.0/8.8 metres
Noise levels outside/idle/30/70mph61/51/63/70dB65/48/65/69dB65/50/66/70dB
Auto Express economy/range36.3mpg/462 miles36.2mpg/494miles43.9mpg/531 miles
Govt urban/extra-urban/combined 37.2/61.4/49.6mpg31.7/53.3/42.8mpg39.2/62.7/51.3mpg
CO2 emissions/tax bracket151g/km/20 per cent176g/km/25 per cent149g/km/19 per cent
Annual tax liability std/higher rate"£849/£1,544""£1,307/£2,377""£839/£1,526"
Airbags/park/rain sensors/hill holdSix/£350/yes/noSix/£605/£90/noSix/£260/£190/£80
Auto gearbox/metallic paint/xenonsNo/£500/yes"£1,025/yes*/yes""£1,400/£485/£675"
Clim ctrl/leather trim/sports seatsYes/£700/no"Yes/£1,275/yes""Yes/£1,060/yes"
EBD/traction/stability/cruise controlYes/yes/yes/yesYes/yes/yes/yesYes/yes/yes/£240
Electric sunroof/windows/mirrors£700/yes/yes"£1,025^/yes/yes"£540/yes/yes
Multifunc steering/adjust reach/rakeYes/yes/yesYes/yes/yes£160/yes/yes
Remote lock/trip computer/alarm Yes/yes/yesYes/yes/yesYes/yes/yes
Sat-nav/CD changer/Bluetooth/iPod"£1,850/yes/no/yes""£1,830/£360/no/£172""£2,175/£320/no/£175"
Split/fold rear seats/IsofixYes/yes/£30Yes/yes/£30Yes/yes/yes

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