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BMW M3 vs. Volvo S60

When we compare the BMW M3 to the Volvo S60, the BMW M3 has the advantage in the areas of interior volume and base engine power. The Volvo S60 has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing, fuel efficiency and overall quality score. Based on this comparison of the BMW M3 versus the Volvo S60, the Volvo S60 is a better car than the BMW M3.

BMW M3 versus Volvo S60 Pricing

For a new model, the BMW M3's price is between $78,232 and $105,240, with the Volvo S60 priced between $42,152 and $52,698.

BMW M3 versus Volvo S60 Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the BMW M3 is 8.2 out of 10 while the Volvo S60's quality rating is 8.5 out of 10. This results in the BMW M3 being ranked 12 out of 39 Best Luxury Small Cars and the Volvo S60 being ranked 6 out of 39.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the BMW M3’s base engine makes 473 horsepower, and the Volvo S60 base engine makes 247 horsepower. The M3 is rated to deliver an average of 19 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 359 miles. The S60 is rated to deliver an average of 30 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 557 miles. Both models use premium unleaded.

Passenger Space Comparison

While both models are compact cars, the BMW M3 has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front head room, rear head room, rear shoulder room, rear leg room, and trunk space. The Volvo S60 has the advantage in the areas of front shoulder room and front leg room.

Safety Ratings Comparison

The Volvo S60 has an average safety rating of 5 out of 5 Stars. When comparing IIHS evaluations, the Volvo S60 has the advantage with a Top Safety Pick+ award.

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Pricing

New Asking Price:

$78,232 - $105,240

Used Asking Price:

-

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

41.1%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$42,152 - $52,698

Used Asking Price:

$28,149 - $39,883

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

57%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.2 / 10

Reliability:

7.7 / 10

Retained Value:

8.8 / 10

Safety:

Not available

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.5 / 10

Reliability:

8.7 / 10

Retained Value:

6.8 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

10 / 39
12 / 39

iSeeCars Rankings

3 / 39
6 / 39

Summary Review

Not yet available

Summary Review

Not yet available

Pros and Cons

Not yet available

Pros and Cons

Not yet available

Available Body Styles

Sedan

Available Body Styles

Sedan

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Trim Levels

Competition, Competition xDrive, Base

Trim Levels

B5 Ultimate Bright Theme, B5 Core Black Edition, B5 Plus Black Edition, B5 Ultimate Black Edition, B5 Core Dark Theme, B5 Plus Dark Theme, B5 Ultimate Dark Theme

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

4 years

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

4 years

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

Not yet available

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK +

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

473 hp @ 6250 rpm

Torque:

406 foot-lbs @ 2650 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.123 hp per pound

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

247 hp @ 5400 rpm

Torque:

258 foot-lbs @ 1800 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.065 hp per pound

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

3 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

6

Transmission:

Manual

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

RWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

16 / 23 / 19

Range (city/hwy):

250 / 359 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Premium Unleaded

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

26 / 35 / 30

Range (city/hwy):

413 / 557 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Premium Unleaded

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Standard

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Standard

Navigation System:

Standard

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

N/A

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Standard

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Standard

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Available

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Standard

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Standard

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

40.6 inches

Front Leg Room:

41.6 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

56 inches

Rear Head Room:

37.8 inches

Rear Leg Room:

35.6 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

54.6 inches

Cargo Space:

13 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

95.0 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

37.4 inches

Front Leg Room:

42.3 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

56.1 inches

Rear Head Room:

37.2 inches

Rear Leg Room:

35.2 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

54.5 inches

Cargo Space:

11.6 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

93.0 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3840 lbs

Width:

81.4 inches

Height:

56.4 inches

Length:

189.1 inches

Wheelbase:

112.5 inches

Ground Clearance:

4.7 inches

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3777 lbs

Width:

80.3 inches

Height:

56.6 inches

Length:

188.1 inches

Wheelbase:

113.1 inches

Ground Clearance:

5.6 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

18.0 x 9.5 inches

Wheel Type:

painted alloy

Tire Size:

275/40R18

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

18.0 x 8.0 inches

Wheel Type:

painted alloy

Tire Size:

235/45R18