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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Volvo S60 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 2 Series Gran Coupe doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.
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 2 Series Gran Coupe doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.
For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Volvo S60 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 2 Series Gran Coupe doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.
Both the S60 and 2 Series Gran Coupe have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The S60 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 2 Series Gran Coupe’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 S60 has a standard Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS), which use a specially designed seat to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the WHIPS allows the backrest to travel backwards to cushion the occupants and the headrests move forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. At the same time the pretensioning seatbelts fire, removing slack from the belts. The 2 Series Gran Coupe doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.
The S60 offers an optional 360° Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The 2 Series Gran Coupe only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.
Both the S60 and the 2 Series Gran Coupe 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, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.
For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, with its optional vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the S60 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2020, a rating granted to only 32 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The 2 Series Gran Coupe has not been tested, yet.
The S60 has more powerful engines than the 2 Series Gran Coupe:
S60 T5 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder
S60 T6 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder
S60 Recharge 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder hybrid
228i xDrive Gran Coupe 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder
M235i xDrive Gran Coupe 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder
On the EPA test cycle the S60 Recharge running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the 228i xDrive Gran Coupe (70 city/68 hwy MPGe vs. 23 city/33 hwy).
On the EPA test cycle the S60 Recharge running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the 228i xDrive Gran Coupe (28 city/33 hwy vs. 23 city/33 hwy).
The S60 Recharge can drive on battery power alone for up to 22 miles. The 2 Series Gran Coupe must run its internal combustion engine to move.
The S60 FWD’s standard fuel tank has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the 2 Series Gran Coupe (14.5 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The S60 AWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the 2 Series Gran Coupe (15.9 vs. 13.2 gallons).
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 2 Series Gran Coupe doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.
In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Volvo S60 higher (5 to 7 out of 10) than the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe (3 to 7). This means the S60 produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the 2 Series Gran Coupe every 15,000 miles.
For better traction, the S60 has larger tires than the 2 Series Gran Coupe (235/45R18 vs. 224/40R18).
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the S60 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the 2 Series Gran Coupe.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the S60’s wheelbase is 8 inches longer than on the 2 Series Gran Coupe (113.1 inches vs. 105.1 inches).
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the S60 is 1.5 inches wider in the front and 1.5 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the 2 Series Gran Coupe.
The S60’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (55% to 45%) than the 2 Series Gran Coupe’s (58.3% to 41.7%). This gives the S60 more stable handling and braking.
The design of the Volvo S60 amounts to more than styling. The S60 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .27 Cd. That is lower than the 2 Series Gran Coupe (.27 to .3) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the S60 get better fuel mileage.
The S60 has .9 inches more front legroom, .6 inches more front shoulder room, 1.5 inches more rear headroom, .8 inches more rear legroom and 1.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the 2 Series Gran Coupe.
Pressing a switch automatically lowers the S60’s optional rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The 2 Series Gran Coupe doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.
With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the S60 offers cargo security. The 2 Series Gran Coupe’s non-lockable remote release defeats cargo security.
To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the S60 has a standard power trunk, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button or just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The 2 Series Gran Coupe doesn’t offer a power trunk, so its trunk has to be closed manually.
Unlike the driver-only memory system in the 2 Series Gran Coupe, the S60 R-Design/Inscription has a passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.
The S60’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The 2 Series Gran Coupe’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.
Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the S60 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The 2 Series Gran Coupe doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.
In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The S60 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The 2 Series Gran Coupe doesn’t offer headlight washers.
Both the S60 and the 2 Series Gran Coupe offer optional heated front seats. The S60 T6/Recharge also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the 2 Series Gran Coupe.
Optional air-conditioned seats in the S60 Inscription keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The 2 Series Gran Coupe doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.
The S60 Inscription offers optional massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the 2 Series Gran Coupe.
The S60 is available in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. The 2 Series Gran Coupe doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.
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