Compare 2009 Volvo C70 vs 2008 BMW 3-Series

2009 Volvo C70
2008 BMW 3-Series
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2-Door Convertible Manual
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Convertible Automatic 18 26 $37,412 $39,800
2-Door Convertible Manual 18 27 $37,412 $39,800
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4-Door Sedan RWD SULEV 328i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD 328i 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
4-Door Sedan RWD South Africa 328i 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
4-Door Sedan RWD SULEV 328i 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
4-Door Sedan RWD SULEV South Africa 328i 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
4-Door Sports Wagon RWD 328i 20 30 $31,740 $34,500
4-Door Sedan AWD 328xi 19 28 $31,830 $34,600
4-Door Sedan AWD SULEV 328xi 19 28 $31,830 $34,600
2-Door Coupe RWD 328i 18 28 $32,750 $35,600
2-Door Coupe RWD SULEV 328i 18 28 $32,750 $35,600
4-Door Sports Wagon AWD 328xi 19 28 $33,490 $36,400
2-Door Coupe AWD 328xi 19 28 $34,410 $37,400
2-Door Coupe AWD SULEV 328xi 19 28 $34,410 $37,400
4-Door Sedan RWD 335i 19 29 $36,155 $39,300
4-Door Sedan RWD South Africa 335i 19 29 $36,155 $39,300
2-Door Coupe RWD 335i 19 29 $37,905 $41,200
4-Door Sedan AWD 335xi 19 25 $37,905 $41,200
2-Door Coupe AWD 335xi 19 29 $39,560 $43,000
2-Door Convertible 328i 18 28 $40,020 $43,500
2-Door Convertible SULEV 328i 18 28 $40,020 $43,500
2-Door Convertible 335i 19 28 $45,540 $49,500
4-Door Sedan M3 14 20 $49,495 $53,800
2-Door Coupe M3 14 20 $51,980 $56,500
2-Door Convertible M3 M3 14 19 $59,755 $64,950
Pricing
Invoice Price
$37,412
$30,085
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$39,800
$32,700
Monthly Payment Estimate
$663 / month
$545 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
8.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The C70 fills the space of the former Coupe (discontinued in 2002) and the Convertible (discontinued in 2004). It's less sleek than the cars it replaces, and while it's a little plain, the C70's shape is clean and well detailed with a minimum of clutter. The 2008 BMW 3-Series sedan has the best overall driving experience in its class and remains the gold standard among mid-size sport sedans.
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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
27 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
47.0 55.1
Front Leg Room (in)
42.3 41.5
Front Hip Room (in)
53.1 - TBD -
Passenger Volume (ft³)
84 93.0
Second Leg Room (in)
33.9 34.6
Front Head Room (in)
38.2 38.5
Second Hip Room (in)
41.5 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.6 55.4
Passenger Capacity
4 5
Second Head Room (in)
36.4 37.5
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
55.1 55.9
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.4 59.6
Wheelbase (in)
103.9 108.7
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.3 71.5
Track Width, Front (in)
61.0 59.1
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
180.4 178.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
12.8 12.0
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.0 x - TBD - 11.8 x 0.79
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr-Assisted
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 x - TBD - 11.8 x 0.94
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
Four Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.4 16.1
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.58 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 16.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.7 36.1
Tires
Spare Tire Size
NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/45VR17 P205/55R16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P235/45VR17 P205/55R16
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3627 3340
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 16 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 16 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 180
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
- TBD - MPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
236 @ 1500 - 4800 200 @ 2750
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.5L/154 3.0L/183
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
227 @ 5000 230 @ 6500
Engine Type
Turbo Gas I5 Gas I6
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
21 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
27 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 18
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.65 0.85
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.39 4.32
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.27 1.66
Trans Type
6 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.78 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 3.94
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.91 2.46
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.77 3.23
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.95 1.23
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual
Summary
Vehicle Name
Volvo C70 BMW 3 Series
Body Style
2 Door Convertible 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Double Pivot
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link 5-Link
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 -

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