BMW X3 vs Volvo XC60 Comparison

bmw x3 vs volvo xc60 comparison

BMW comes in different forms and sizes, and at one time

BMW had the most comparable but different variants. Volvo has most variants that try to look similar but differ in many aspects such as Volvo XC60 and XC90. In this article, we will review

BMW X3 and Volvo XC60 models by comparing their engine, practicality, interior, and exterior. The X3 and XC60 both come in SUV style and can be hard to influence one from the other—or which one you should go with!

Our review of the BMW X3 vs Volvo XC60 is full of information about the styling, the interior, exterior, and design department on both models, plus what puts under the bonnet. Please let’s go through.


(*Prices are reflective of average BE FORWARD pricings as of February 2022.)

 BMW X3Volvo XC60
Capacity/Doors5 door/5 seater5 door/5 seater
Torque290 Nm – 600 Nm300 Nm – 487 Nm
Top Speed260 km/h260 km/h
0-100 km/h5.8 sec – 9.9 sec5.9 sec
Max Power180 hp – 360 hp187 hp – 306 hp
Engine2.0L – 3.0L 2.0L

Fuel Tank Capacity67L60L

Key Features SRS Airbags, Curtain

airbags, DCS and TCS, ABS,

Electronic Stability Control,

Adaptive Headlights
Apple CarPlay, voice commands,

10 speakers, Bluetooth, dual-zone

automatic climate control, 9-inch

touch screen, Android Auto, Apple

CarPlay, voice commands,

10 speakers, Bluetooth, dual-

zone automatic climate control
Fuel Consumption19.68 Km/L - 22.23 Km/L8.4 Km/L to 14.2 Km/L
Length x Width x Height4.65×1.88×1.67 m4.62×1.89×1.71 m
BE FORWARD PRICEUSD 3,210 - USD 70,760USD 4,630 - USD 89,820

Interior & Exterior Comparison

BMW X3

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The X3 exterior is well crafted and angular front to the curvy rear and smooth. The M Sport comes with bigger alloy rims and extra detailing that give it a commanding posture with all higher grades.

(a) Cabin Storage

The BMW X3 is spacious for a car its size, given with enough headroom and legroom in the front cabin. The back cabin can accommodate 3 passengers and is comfortable as well, due to the transmission tunnel still the legroom for the center seat passenger but 2 will be much more comfortable too. All models come dressed with leather seats.

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Inside X3 you will find storage compartments in the cabin that are useful for storing items such as goggles, handbags, smartphones, beverages, etc. In the first row, there is door panel storage, 4 cup-holders, the center box, and a glovebox. In the passenger row, there are front seat jacket pockets, door pockets, and 4 cupholders.

(b) Cargo Space

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The cargo space is fairly great and can comfortably carry luggage for a family of 5. When more space is required, the back seats can fold flat in a split format to create an even bigger space.

Volvo XC60

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The Volvo XC60 was manufactured by Volvo from 2008 to the present and the XC60 is one of the compact luxury crossover SUVs in Volvo lineups. There are 2 generations of the XC60 with the 1st generation produced from 2008 to 2017, and the 2nd generation produced from 2017 to the present.

(a) Cabin Storage

The XC60 is fairly roomy and comfortable. In the first driver row, a driver has enough space and space is gorgeous for people of average height. In the passenger row, passengers can sit comfortably for the short and long journey, and the center passenger can seat much more comfortably due to the transmission tunnel.

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In the cabin, there are storage compartments that are useful for storing items such as smartphones, documents, and beverages. In the driver row, you will find a door panel, 2 cup holders, the center box, and a glovebox. In the passenger row, you will find the front-seat pocket, cup holders at the center console, and door panel storage.

(b) Cargo Space

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The XC60 has large cargo space that can carry sizable luggage and can accommodate luggage for a family of 5. When more space is needed, the second-row seat can fold flat.

Engine, Performance & Fuel Consumption

BMW X3

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(a) Engine & Performance

The 3rd generation X3 is fitted with 4 engine size options, 2.0L B48B20B I4 turbo, 3.0L B58B30/S58B30T0 I6 turbo/twin-turbo petrol engines, petrol plug-in hybrid 2.0L B48B20 I4 turbo with electric motor, 2.0L B47D20 I4 turbo, and 3.0L B57D30M0 I6 turbo diesel engine. All these engines are linked to 8-speed ZF 8HP automatic Single-speed with fixed ratio (iX3) and for the petrol plug-in hybrid equipped with a 12 kWh Lithium-ion (PHEV) and 80 kWh Lithium-ion (iX3).

(b) Fuel Consumption

Depending on the engine fitted under the bonnet and the fuel used, the fuel consumption of BMW X3 is around 19.68 Km/L to 22.23 Km/L.

Volvo XC60

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(a) Engine & Performance

The 2nd generation XC60 comes fitted with a 2.0L I4 turbocharged petrol engine with 250 hp, a 2.0L I4 twin-charged petrol engine with 316 hp, or a 2.0L I4 twin-charged petrol engine linked with PHEV, an electric motor with 400 hp. These engines are mated to a 6-speed Volvo M66R manual, or 8-speed Aisin TG-81 SC automatic, and an all-wheel-drive drivetrain.

(b) Fuel Consumption

Depending on the engine fitted under the bonnet, the XC offers greater fuel consumption from 8.4 Km/L to 14.2 Km/L.

Final Verdict

BMW and Volvo have a tendency of making good cars that are going anywhere without stress or under-appreciation. The BMW X3 and the Volvo XC60 are one of those models that are limitless in almost every aspect of car details, but for the fuel consumption better to choose the BMW X3. For the space, the Volvo XC60 is better, both cars are well in speed but if your pocket is not enough then BMW X3 is your right choice. After reading through this piece of article, you will have a new perception regarding these two.

The exterior of the BMW X3 speaks itself while the XC60 interior is well designed and speaks itself but once you need to buy one of them please visit BE FORWARD.

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Written by: Josephat Lukaza

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