Comparing The Volvo S60 Vs. BMW 3 Series

Volvo S60 vs. BMW 3 Series

A blend of sporty performance and sumptuous luxury is excellent; when you compare the Volvo S60 vs. BMW 3 Series, you'll notice that the Volvo sedan adds next-level safety, interior features, and long-range efficiency to take it further. Sports sedans mark a fierce segment, so read on to see how they compare.

Volvo S60 vs. BMW 3 Series Safety Features

Comparing BMW 3 Series vs. Volvo S60 safety features reveals Volvo Cars' dedication to your protection.

The BMW 330i has an optional blind-spot monitor; the Volvo S60 offers it as standard. Both models offer a standard forward collision alert with automated emergency braking; the Volvo S60 offers a standard lane-departure warning and lane-keep assistance, while the BMW 3 Series charges extra.

If you want parking distance sensors in a BMW 3 Series, you'll need to select an optional package; the Volvo S60 gives you them as standard features. These standard vs. optional features go on, and even a recently used Volvo S60 can offer more safety features.

BMW 3 vs. Volvo S60 Interior Features & Technology

Like the safety benefits, Volvo S60 vs. BMW 3 Series interior equipment is similarly generous in the Volvo S60. Standard benefits in the Volvo sedan include a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and a 9-inch touchscreen infotainment display. The BMW 3 Series offers a standard 5.1-inch digital gauge cluster (or an optional 10.3-inch digital gauge cluster) and an 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment display.

Both models include standard Apple CarPlay®, dual-zone auto climate control, and a power moonroof. The Volvo S60 offers standard six-way power-adjustable front seats with two-way power lumbar support; the BMW 3 Series offers standard two-way power-adjustable front seats. The Volvo S60 can be upgraded with massaging front seats; the BMW 330i does not offer the feature.

There's also a standard 10-speaker sound system and spacious wagon variants (the Volvo V60 vs. BMW 3 Series Touring) with both models.

Compare Volvo S60 and BMW 3 Series Specs

BMW 3 Series vs. Volvo S60 sedans deliver up to an EPA-estimated 30 mpg combined1. But, with the Volvo S60 offering a larger fuel tank, that efficiency can go further.

While the base-level Volvo S60 B5 offers 247 horsepower against the base model BMW 330i sedan's 255 horsepower, the BMW model has a higher starting price and does not offer a standard mild hybrid system; the Volvo sedan does.

The Volvo S60 will enhance your ride with driver-tailored standard features like adaptive power steering, a dynamic chassis, and a silky-smooth eight-speed Geartronic™ automatic transmission. The BMW 3 series does offer higher performance levels, and the Volvo S60 rises above them with something extraordinary.

Volvo S60 vs. BMW 3 Series: Plug-in Hybrid Specs

The BMW 330e plug-in hybrid delivers up to an EPA-estimated 75 MPGe2, while the Volvo S60 Plug-in Hybrid offers up to an EPA-estimated 74 MPGe2. This single MPG is by no means a loss, though, as the BMW 330e hybrid makes only 288 horsepower, while the Volvo S60 hybrid lays down up to a whopping 455 horsepower; even the high-performance BMW M340i falls short with 382 horsepower.

Volvo S60 BMW 3 Series
Blind-spot Monitor: Standard Optional
Forward Collision Alert: Standard Optional
Lane Departure Warning: Standard Optional
Lane-Keep Assistance: Standard Optional
Parking Assistance: Standard Optional
Heated Seats: Standard Optional
Height: 56.6″ 56.8″
Length: 187.4″ 185.7″
Width: 80.3″ 81.4″
Wheelbase: 113.1″ 112.2″
Seating Capacity: 5 5
Head Room (F / R): 37.4″ / 37.2″ 38.7″ / 37.6″
Leg Room (F / R): 42.3″ / 35.2″ 42.0″ / 35.2″
Cargo Space: 11.6 cu. ft. 13.0 cu. ft.
Horsepower: 247 hp @ 5,400 rpm 255 hp @ 5,000 rpm
Drivetrain: All Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fuel Economy (City/Hwy/Combined): 25 / 33/ 28 mpg 26 / 36 / 30 mpg

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The Volvo S60 vs. BMW 3 Series comparison shows near-equal power and efficiency at the base level, competition-dominating hybrid specs, exceptional safety features, and additional standard benefits in any Volvo S60 model. Get in touch to schedule a Volvo S60 test drive and discover all the other details, like seats that ergonomically contour to your body and much more.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Volvo S60 comparable to?

The Volvo S60 vs. BMW 3 Series is a natural comparison. More models that the Volvo S60 compares to include the Audi A4, the Mercedes C300, the Infiniti Q50, the Acura TLX, and the Lexus IS300.

Can you compare Volvo S60 and BMW 3 Series?

Yes, and when you stack up Volvo S60 vs. BMW 3 Series sedans, you'll find many benefits to the Volvo S60. More safety features, generous standard equipment, a lower starting price, near-equal power and efficiency, and (subjectively) sleeker style make the Volvo S60 an all-around excellent luxury sports sedan.

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2This is a hybrid plug in vehicle. Since electricity is not measured in gallons, a conversion factor is used to translate the fuel economy into miles per gallon of gasoline equivalent (MPGe). Use for comparison purposes only. Your MPGe will vary for many reasons, including but not limited to, driving conditions, how and where you drive, how you maintain your vehicle battery-package/condition, and other factors. For more information, including information on MPGe, see