In comparing the BMW M3's and the Volvo S60's specifications and ratings, the BMW M3 has the advantage in the areas of resale value, interior volume 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, reliability and overall quality score. Based on this comparison of the BMW M3's and the Volvo S60's specifications and ratings, the Volvo S60 is a better car than the BMW M3.
BMW M3 vs. Volvo S60 Pricing
A used 2024 BMW M3 ranges from $88,999 to $150,836 while a used 2024 Volvo S60 is priced between $42,820 to $50,820. For a new model, the BMW M3's price is between $81,875 and $128,195, with the Volvo S60 priced between $43,702 and $52,190.
BMW M3 vs. Volvo S60 Resale/Retained Value
Looking at the 5-year depreciation rate for both models, the BMW M3 loses 41.1 percent of its value and the Volvo S60 loses 57 percent of its value. This means the BMW M3 retains 15.9 percentage points more of its value and has the advantage of higher resale value versus the Volvo S60.
BMW M3 vs. 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 30 Best Luxury Compact Cars and the Volvo S60 being ranked 10 out of 30. Out of 36 Best Luxury Small Cars, the BMW M3 is ranked 13 and the Volvo S60 is ranked 10.
BMW M3 vs. Volvo S60 Reliability Rating
iSeeCars’ Reliability Rating for the BMW M3 is 7.6 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 M3.
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. This gives the Volvo S60 the fuel efficiency and maximum range advantage over the BMW M3. 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 cargo 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 based on NHTSA's crash test ratings.