But the big surprise, for me and many other journalists, was the new Volvo C30. Bearing no resemblance to the tofu soccer-mom Volvos of old, the C30 is closer to the "rice rockets" of Japan--little cars with small, souped-up engines that convincingly imitate sports cars. The C30's 2.5-liter, five-cylinder turbocharged engine delivers 227 horsepower and shot me down the straightaway not nearly as fast as the Audi TTs 250-horsepower motor. And the C30 held the road nearly as well as the TT, too. Considering the prices: $22,700 for the C30 vs. 45,900 for the Audi TT, the C30 is a far more realistic option.