2019 Volvo S60 vs. 2019 BMW 3 Series Sedan

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The S60’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The 3 Series Sedan doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The S60 has standard Automatic Braking After Collision, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The 3 Series Sedan doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The S60 offers optional CTA Auto Brake that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The 3 Series Sedan doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The S60’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The 3 Series Sedan doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the S60 and the 3 Series Sedan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, available blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Engine

The S60 has more powerful engines than the 3 Series Sedan:

 

Horsepower

Torque

S60 T6 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

316 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

S60 T8 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid

400 HP

472 lbs.-ft.

S60 Polestar T8 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid

415 HP

494 lbs.-ft.

330i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

255 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

M340i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

382 HP

369 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the S60 T8 running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the 330i xDrive (74 city/74 hwy MPGe vs. 25 city/34 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the S60 T8 running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the 330i xDrive (29 city/34 hwy vs. 25 city/34 hwy).

The S60 T8 can drive on battery power alone for up to 17 miles. The 3 Series Sedan must run its internal combustion engine to move.

The S60 has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The 3 Series Sedan doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the S60 Polestar’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the 3 Series Sedan:

 

S60 Polestar

3 Series

Front Rotors

14.6 inches

13.7 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the S60 has larger tires than the 3 Series Sedan (235/45R18 vs. 225/45R18). The S60’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 3 Series Sedan (235/45R18 vs. 225/35R20).

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the S60’s turning circle is .3 feet tighter than the 3 Series Sedan’s (37.1 feet vs. 37.4 feet). The S60’s turning circle is 2.1 feet tighter than the 3 Series Sedan xDrive’s (37.1 feet vs. 39.2 feet).

Passenger Space

The S60 has .3 inches more front legroom and .1 inches more front shoulder room than the 3 Series Sedan.

Ergonomics

The S60 has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The 3 Series Sedan doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the S60 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The 3 Series Sedan doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

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