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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Volvo V90 Cross Country have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.
The V90 Cross Country’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 Sports Wagon doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.
For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Volvo V90 Cross Country are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.
Both the V90 Cross Country and 3 Series Sports Wagon have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The V90 Cross Country has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The 3 Series Sports Wagon’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.
The Volvo V90 Cross Country offers optional built in child booster seats. They’re more crash worthy than an added child seat because of their direct attachment to the seat. BMW doesn’t offer the convenience and security of a built-in child booster seat in the 3 Series Sports Wagon. Their owners must carry a heavy booster seat in and out of the vehicle; V90 Cross Country owners can just fold their built-in child seat up or down.
The V90 Cross Country 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 Sports Wagon 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.
To help make backing safer, the V90 Cross Country’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The 3 Series Sports Wagon doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.
The V90 Cross Country’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 Sports Wagon doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
Both the V90 Cross Country and the 3 Series Sports Wagon have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, all-wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available around view monitors.
The Volvo V90 Cross Country weighs 441 to 503 pounds more than the BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.
The V90 Cross Country T6’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 68 more horsepower (316 vs. 248) and 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 258) than the 3 Series Sports Wagon’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.
The V90 Cross Country has almost a gallon more fuel capacity than the 3 Series Sports Wagon Diesel’s standard fuel tank (15.9 vs. 15 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
The V90 Cross Country 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 Sports Wagon doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.
For better stopping power the V90 Cross Country T6’s brake rotors are larger than those on the 3 Series Sports Wagon:
V90 Cross Country T6
3 Series Sports Wagon
For better traction, the V90 Cross Country has larger standard tires than the 3 Series Sports Wagon (235/50R19 vs. 225/50R17). The V90 Cross Country’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 3 Series Sports Wagon (245/45R20 vs. 225/45R18).
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the V90 Cross Country has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the 3 Series Sports Wagon. The V90 Cross Country’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels optional on the 3 Series Sports Wagon.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the V90 Cross Country’s wheelbase is 5.2 inches longer than on the 3 Series Sports Wagon (115.8 inches vs. 110.6 inches).
For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the V90 Cross Country is 4.8 inches wider in the front and 3 inches wider in the rear than the track on the 3 Series Sports Wagon.
The V90 Cross Country T6 handles at .87 G’s, while the 330i Sports Wagon pulls only .86 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.
The V90 Cross Country has .2 inches more front legroom, 2.4 inches more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear legroom and .8 inches more rear shoulder room than the 3 Series Sports Wagon.
Pressing a switch automatically lowers or raises the V90 Cross Country’s rear seats, to make changing between cargo and passengers easier. The 3 Series Sports Wagon doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.
The V90 Cross Country has a 2000 lbs. towing capacity. The 3 Series Sports Wagon has no towing capacity.
The V90 Cross Country 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 Sports Wagon doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
Optional air-conditioned seats in the V90 Cross Country Inscription keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The 3 Series Sports Wagon doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.
The V90 Cross Country offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The 3 Series Sports Wagon doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.
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