Compare 2011 Volvo V50 vs 2011 BMW 3-Series

2011 Volvo V50
2011 BMW 3-Series
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4-Door Wagon
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Wagon 21 30 $27,260 $29,000
4-Door Wagon w/Moonroof 21 30 $27,260 $29,000
4-Door Wagon w/Moonroof R-Design 21 30 $30,879 $32,850
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4-Door Sedan RWD SULEV 328i
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
$27,260
$31,830
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$29,000
$34,600
Monthly Payment Estimate
$483 / month
$577 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.2
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
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
21 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
30 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Small Station Wagon Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
50.7 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.2 55.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
93 93.0
Second Head Room (in)
38.1 37.5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.1 55.1
Front Leg Room (in)
41.6 41.5
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
53.7 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
34.4 34.6
Front Head Room (in)
38.9 38.5
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
60.4 59.1
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
178.0 178.2
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
39.5 -
Height, Overall (in)
57.4 55.9
Liftover Height (in)
24.7 - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.3 60.2
Wheelbase (in)
103.9 108.7
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
26.9 -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.7 71.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
44.2 -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA -
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
38.9 -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
27.4 -
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - -
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- 12.0
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.0 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)
11.8 x - TBD - 12.3 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
15.9 16.1
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.4 16.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.9 36.1
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.9 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P205/50R17 P205/55R16
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/50R17 P205/55R16
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
300 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3570 3362
Wheels
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7 16 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7 16 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - NA
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
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
Fuel System
EFI MPI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
30 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 18
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
24 22
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.98 1.66
Trans Type
5 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.02 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
Geartronic NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
5.11 3.94
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
3.03 2.46
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.27 3.23
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.34 1.23
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic, Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.85
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.66 4.32
Summary
Vehicle Name
Volvo V50 BMW 3 Series
Body Style
5 Door Wagon 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link 5-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Double Pivot
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 5
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.8 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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