Compare the 2019 Volvo S60 to the 2019 BMW 3 Series

Considering a Compact Luxury Sport Sedan? Compare the Volvo S60 to the Competition 


Here in the greater Portsmouth, NH area, the market is flush with options for luxury car shoppers of discerning tastes. But if you're in the market for a luxury European sport sedan these days, there are really only two names you need to know: Volvo and BMW.

The Volvo S60 and BMW 3-Series are notorious rivals in the luxury sport sedan market, competing year after year for the top spot in the segment. And while we obviously have our preferences for the Volvo S60 here at Volvo Cars of Exeter, we're not simply content to blindly recommend it to you without sufficient evidence to back up our assertions. Fortunately, when it comes to empirical reasons to choose the Volvo S60 over the BMW 3-Series, there's plenty of compelling evidence of this Swedish luxury sport sedan's excellence, which is why we've taken the liberty of preparing a brief competitive breakdown below.

The Volvo S60 vs. The BMW 3-Series

Now, there are a lot of different details to compare when considering these two cars, but let's start with something simple: price point. The 2019 Volvo S60 starts at a competitive $35,800 MSRP, while the 2019 BMW 3-Series rings in higher at $41,245 MSRP. Now, that's a pretty significant disparity in price, and we think you'll find that as you look at higher range trims of both the 2019 Volvo S60 and 2019 BMW 3-Series, the gap becomes all the more pronounced. So, if you're looking for a more competitively priced sport sedan, the 2019 Volvo S60 is the clear winner.

But let's say money is no object for the sake of argument. The question then becomes, "What do you get for your money with the Volvo S60 and BMW 3 Series?"

Well, with the Volvo S60, the answer is, "A lot more available horsepower." Available with a T8 eAWD Twin-Engine Plug-in Hybrid powertrain, the Volvo S60 positively blows the BMW 3-Series out of the water with up to 400 horsepower and 495 pound-feet of torque. By comparison, even the most powerful BMW M340i xDrive sedan tops out at just 382 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque.

However, while it's all well and good to pore over performance credentials, any lover of luxury knows that when it comes right down to it, the difference is in the details. Happily, no automaker is as attentive to details as Volvo, which is why the interior of the Volvo S60 is a masterclass of luxury sport sedan design. Clad in high-quality materials like available ventilated Nappa leather upholstery and aluminum accent trim and offering an array of convenience and technology features like power-folding rear headrests, low-speed forward collision warning and mitigation, and a 9-inch Volvo Sensus infotainment system, the Volvo S60 excels at exceeding its drivers' expectations.


But while the higher starting price point of the BMW 3-Series might lead you to believe it is comparably equipped, it really falls short when it comes to interior design quality.  Sure, it's got available leather upholstery like the Volvo S60, but with a smaller BMW iDrive infotainment display and a sparse list of standard features that includes little more than LED automatic headlights and three-zone climate control, the BMW 3-Series truly feels less upscale than the Volvo S60.

Want to see how the Volvo S60 stacks up against other rivals? Swing by our showroom in Exeter to chat with our sale team today.

Now, there are a lot of strong points to the BMW 3-Series' design, but when compared to the Volvo S60, it simply doesn't stack up. That said, there are plenty of other sport sedans that you might be considering, and we're confident that the Volvo S60 can beat them. So, whether you're from York, ME or Dover, NH, feel free to stop by Volvo Cars of Exeter any time to test drive the Volvo S60 and see how it fares against other rivals on the luxury sport sedan market.

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