We test drove a Mazda 3, Nissan Altima, and Mini Cooper S with the C- 30 as the spoiler. We found the Mini to ride HARD, have severely limited visibility, weird pedal placement, cramped, found the center speedo and other quirks just too annoying, and we know someone who sold theirs because it was too scary in the snow. We found the C-30 to be in a class by itself - a highly refined vehicle for an amazingly reasonable price. Fast, fun, engaging, safe, this purchase ended up being a no-brainer. Only downside is that Volvo dealerships don't appear to be too willing to deal. (Same w/Mini.) A LOT of car for the money. This vehicle is a class leader. See for yourself. We're very happy.
Body styling, acceleration, handling, overall comfort, SAFETY, sure-footed in snow.
The console buttons are tiny - why not make the entire console and buttons larger in the existing space? Manual seats don't reset to original positions if you flip them forward and access the back seat. Additional and softer seat padding, though they're very supportive as is and comfortable.