When comparing the BMW 3 Series's and the Volvo S60's specifications and ratings, the BMW 3 Series has the advantage in the areas of resale value, interior volume, overall quality score and base engine power. The Volvo S60 has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing, typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, and fuel efficiency and reliability. Based on this comparison of the BMW 3 Series's and the Volvo S60's specifications and ratings, the two cars are fairly comparable.
BMW 3 Series vs. Volvo S60 Pricing
A used 2023 BMW 3 Series ranges from $42,109 to $63,900 while a used 2023 Volvo S60 is priced between $39,494 to $52,993. For a new model, the BMW 3 Series's price is between $46,762 and $67,077, with the Volvo S60 priced between $42,959 and $52,842.
BMW 3 Series vs. Volvo S60 Resale/Retained Value
Looking at the 5-year depreciation rate for both models, the BMW 3 Series loses 52.3 percent of its value and the Volvo S60 loses 57 percent of its value. This means the BMW 3 Series retains 4.8 percentage points more of its value and has the advantage of higher resale value versus the Volvo S60.
BMW 3 Series vs. Volvo S60 Quality Rating
The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the BMW 3 Series is 8.7 out of 10 while the Volvo S60's quality rating is 8.5 out of 10. This results in the BMW 3 Series being ranked 7 out of 36 Best Luxury Small Cars and the Volvo S60 being ranked 10 out of 36. Out of 30 Best Luxury Compact Cars, the BMW 3 Series is ranked 7 and the Volvo S60 is ranked 10.
BMW 3 Series vs. Volvo S60 Reliability Rating
iSeeCars’ Reliability Rating for the BMW 3 Series is 8.4 out of 10. For the Volvo S60 the reliability rating is 8.6 out of 10. This gives the Volvo S60 a slight advantage in reliability compared to the BMW 3 Series.
Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison
For engine performance, the BMW 3 Series’s base engine makes 255 horsepower, and the Volvo S60 base engine makes 247 horsepower. The 3 Series is rated to deliver an average of 29 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 530 miles. The S60 is rated to deliver an average of 30 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 557 miles. This gives the Volvo S60 the fuel efficiency and maximum range advantage over the BMW 3 Series. Both models use premium unleaded.
Passenger Space Comparison
While both models are compact cars, the BMW 3 Series has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front head room, rear head room, rear shoulder room, and cargo space. The Volvo S60 has the advantage in the areas of front shoulder room and front leg room. The BMW 3 Series and Volvo S60 are comparable in regards to rear leg room.
Safety Ratings Comparison
When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, both the BMW 3 Series and the Volvo S60 have the same average safety rating of 5 out of 5 Stars.