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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Volvo V60 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 Gran Turismo doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.
The V60’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 Gran Turismo doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.
For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Volvo V60 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 Gran Turismo doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.
Both the V60 and 3 Series Gran Turismo have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The V60 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 Gran Turismo’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 V60 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 Gran Turismo 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 V60 Inscription has standard CTA Auto Brake that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The 3 Series Gran Turismo doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.
The V60’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 Gran Turismo doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
Both the V60 and the 3 Series Gran Turismo have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.
To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the V60 has a standard 210-amp alternator. The 3 Series Gran Turismo’s 170-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.
The V60 T8 Polestar’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid produces 93 more horsepower (415 vs. 322) and 164 lbs.-ft. more torque (494 vs. 330) than the 340i Gran Turismo’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.
On the EPA test cycle the V60 T8 Polestar gets better mileage running on electricity than the 330i Gran Turismo (70 city/68 hwy MPGe vs. 23 city/33 hwy).
On the EPA test cycle the V60 T8 Polestar gets better city fuel mileage running on gasoline than the 330i Gran Turismo (28 city/33 hwy vs. 23 city/33 hwy).
The V60 T8 Polestar can drive on battery power alone for up to 22 miles. The 3 Series Gran Turismo must run its internal combustion engine to move.
The V60 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 Gran Turismo doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.
In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Volvo V60 higher (5 to 7 out of 10) than the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo (3 to 7). This means the V60 produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the 3 Series Gran Turismo every 15,000 miles.
For better stopping power the V60’s brake rotors are larger than those on the 3 Series Gran Turismo:
V60 Polestar Engineered
330i Gran Turismo
340i Gran Turismo
The V60 stops shorter than the 3 Series Gran Turismo:
3 Series Gran Turismo
60 to 0 MPH
For better traction, the V60 has larger tires than the 3 Series Gran Turismo (235/45R18 vs. 225/45R18). The V60’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 3 Series Gran Turismo (235/45R18 vs. 225/45R19).
The V60’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 340i Gran Turismo’s optional 45 series front tires.
The V60 has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the 3 Series Gran Turismo; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the V60 is 2.3 inches wider in the front and .6 inches wider in the rear than on the 3 Series Gran Turismo.
For better maneuverability, the V60’s turning circle is 3.3 feet tighter than the 3 Series Gran Turismo’s (37.1 feet vs. 40.4 feet).
The V60 has .3 inches more front legroom, .9 inches more front shoulder room and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the 3 Series Gran Turismo.
The V60 has a 2000 lbs. towing capacity. The 3 Series Gran Turismo has no towing capacity.
The V60 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 Gran Turismo doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
The V60’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The 3 Series Gran Turismo has a lever-type parking brake that has to be strenuously raised to engage properly. It has to be lifted up more and a button depressed to release it.
To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the V60 has a standard rear wiper. The 3 Series Gran Turismo doesn’t offer a rear wiper.
Optional air-conditioned seats in the V60 Inscription keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The 3 Series Gran Turismo doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.
The V60 is available in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. The 3 Series Gran Turismo doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.
According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the V60 is less expensive to operate than the 3 Series Gran Turismo because typical repairs cost much less on the V60 than the 3 Series Gran Turismo, including $273 less for a water pump, $357 less for a muffler, $27 less for front brake pads, $172 less for a starter, $95 less for fuel injection, $354 less for front struts, $618 less for a timing belt/chain and $321 less for a power steering pump.
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