When we compare the 2018 BMW X3's and the 2018 Volvo XC60's specifications and ratings, the 2018 BMW X3 has the advantage in the areas of typical lower range of pricing for used cars, and fuel efficiency, reliability, resale value, interior volume and overall quality score. The 2018 Volvo XC60 has the advantage in the area of base engine power. Based on this comparison of the 2018 BMW X3's and the 2018 Volvo XC60's specifications and ratings, the 2018 BMW X3 is a better car than the 2018 Volvo XC60.
2018 BMW X3 vs. 2018 Volvo XC60 Pricing
A used 2018 BMW X3 ranges from $21,994 to $37,497 while a used 2018 Volvo XC60 is priced between $22,268 to $34,559.
2018 BMW X3 vs. 2018 Volvo XC60 Resale/Retained Value
Looking at the 5-year depreciation rate for both models, the 2018 BMW X3 loses 50.5 percent of its value and the 2018 Volvo XC60 loses 54.6 percent of its value. This means the 2018 BMW X3 retains 4.1 percentage points more of its value and has the advantage of higher resale value versus the 2018 Volvo XC60.
2018 BMW X3 vs. 2018 Volvo XC60 Quality Rating
The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the BMW X3 is 8.6 out of 10 while the Volvo XC60's quality rating is 8.2 out of 10. This results in the BMW X3 being ranked 2 out of 29 Best Luxury Small SUVs and the Volvo XC60 being ranked 4 out of 29. Out of 60 Best Luxury 5-seater SUVs, the BMW X3 is ranked 4 and the Volvo XC60 is ranked 11. The BMW X3 is also ranked 5 out of 67 Best Luxury Crossover SUVs while the Volvo XC60 is ranked 13 out of 67.
2018 BMW X3 vs. 2018 Volvo XC60 Reliability Rating
iSeeCars’ Reliability Rating for the BMW X3 is 8.3 out of 10. For the Volvo XC60 the reliability rating is 7.9 out of 10. This gives the BMW X3 a slight advantage in reliability compared to the Volvo XC60.
Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison
For engine performance, the 2018 BMW X3’s base engine makes 248 horsepower, and the 2018 Volvo XC60 base engine makes 250 horsepower. The X3 is rated to deliver an average of 25 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 499 miles. The XC60 is rated to deliver an average of 23 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 508 miles.This gives the 2018 BMW X3 the advantage in fuel efficiency and the 2018 Volvo XC60 the advantage in maximum range. Both models use premium unleaded.
Passenger Space Comparison
While both models are crossover/compact SUVs, the 2018 BMW X3 has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front head room and rear head room. The 2018 Volvo XC60 has the advantage in the areas of front shoulder room, front leg room, rear shoulder room, rear leg room, and cargo space.
Safety Ratings Comparison
When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, both the 2018 BMW X3 and the 2018 Volvo XC60 have the same average safety rating of 5 out of 5 Stars.