Compare 2011 Volvo S60 vs 2011 BMW 3-Series

2011 Volvo S60
2011 BMW 3-Series
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4-Door Sedan w/Moonroof
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 18 26 $35,438 $37,700
4-Door Sedan w/Moonroof 18 26 $35,438 $37,700
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4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD 328i 18 28 $31,830 $34,600
4-Door Sedan RWD South Africa 328i 18 28 $31,830 $34,600
4-Door Sedan RWD SULEV 328i 18 28 $31,830 $34,600
4-Door Sedan RWD SULEV South Africa 328i 18 28 $31,830 $34,600
4-Door Sedan AWD 328i xDrive 17 25 $33,670 $36,600
4-Door Sedan AWD South Africa 328i xDrive 17 25 $33,670 $36,600
4-Door Sedan AWD SULEV 328i xDrive 17 25 $33,670 $36,600
4-Door Sedan AWD SULEV South Africa 328i xDrive 17 25 $33,670 $36,600
4-Door Sports Wagon RWD 328i 17 26 $34,180 $37,150
2-Door Coupe RWD 328i 18 28 $34,640 $37,650
2-Door Coupe RWD SULEV 328i 18 28 $34,640 $37,650
4-Door Sports Wagon AWD 328i xDrive 17 25 $36,020 $39,150
2-Door Coupe AWD 328i xDrive 17 25 $36,385 $39,550
2-Door Coupe AWD SULEV 328i xDrive 17 25 $36,385 $39,550
4-Door Sedan RWD 335i 19 28 $38,685 $42,050
4-Door Sedan RWD South Africa 335i 19 28 $38,685 $42,050
4-Door Sedan AWD 335i xDrive 19 26 $40,525 $44,050
4-Door Sedan AWD South Africa 335i xDrive 19 26 $40,525 $44,050
2-Door Coupe RWD 335i 19 28 $40,570 $44,100
4-Door Sedan RWD 335d 23 36 $40,620 $44,150
2-Door Coupe AWD 335i xDrive 19 26 $42,320 $46,000
2-Door Convertible 328i 18 28 $42,735 $46,450
2-Door Convertible SULEV 328i 18 28 $42,735 $46,450
2-Door Coupe RWD 335is 18 26 $47,010 $51,100
2-Door Convertible 335i 19 28 $48,440 $52,650
2-Door Convertible 335is 18 26 $54,880 $59,650
Pricing
Invoice Price
$35,438
$31,830
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$37,700
$34,600
Monthly Payment Estimate
$628 / month
$577 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
Volvo is no longer just for those who want to play it safe; the new S60 is a stylish and well-designed sport sedan that's very enjoyable to drive - even if it trades off a bit of edginess for comfort and refinement. The 2011 BMW 3-Series continues the tradition of excellent handling, brisk performance, and high quality, though its relatively compact size does result in some compromises.
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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
26 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
37.4 37.5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.2 55.1
Front Leg Room (in)
41.9 41.5
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
54.9 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
33.5 34.6
Front Head Room (in)
37.6 38.5
Second Hip Room (in)
53.5 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.0 55.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
92 93.0
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
182.2 178.2
Height, Overall (in)
58.4 55.9
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.0 60.2
Wheelbase (in)
109.3 108.7
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.4 71.5
Track Width, Front (in)
62.1 59.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
12.0 12.0
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.9 x - TBD - 11.8 x - TBD -
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)
12.4 x - TBD - 12.3 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17.8 16.1
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39.0 36.1
Steering Type
Pwr Speed Sensitive Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.6 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.0 16.0
Tires
Front Tire Size
P235/40R18 P205/55R16
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/40R18 P205/55R16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
330 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
330 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3300 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3300 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3901 3362
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8 16 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8 16 x 7.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Displacement
3.0L/180 3.0L/183
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
300 @ 5600 230 @ 6500
Engine Type
Twin-Scroll Turbocharged Gas I6 Gas I6
Fuel System
EFI MPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
325 @ 2100-4200 200 @ 2750
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 18
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
21 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
26 28
Transmission
Trans Type
6 6
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.86 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
Geartronic NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 3.94
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.37 2.46
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.33 3.23
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.16 1.23
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic, Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69 0.85
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.15 4.32
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.56 1.66
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Volvo S60 BMW 3 Series
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Multilink 5-Link
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 -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4 5
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.9 8.5
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
- --
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
- --
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
- --
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
- --
Overall Side Crash Rating
- --
Side Barrier Rating
- --
Side Barrier Rating Driver
- --
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
- --
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
- --
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
- --
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
- --
Rollover Rating
-

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