2021 Volvo S60 vs 2021 BMW 3 Series Comparison in Torrance, CA

Choosing that luxury sedan that best fits the needs of you and your family can be a daunting task. While we think the Volvo S60 is always the way to go, we also know there are a lot of options to choose from. Below, we've put together a side-by-side comparison for you so you can get a better idea of which luxury sedan would be your best investment. Read more to compare the 2021 Volvo S60 and the 2021 BMW 3 Series then stop by South Bay Volvo for a test drive.

Volvo S60 interior features

2021 Volvo S60 vs BMW 3 Series: Interior Features

Both Volvo and BMW have cabins that exude luxury and comfort including features like ten-way power driver seats, leatherette upholstery, and a panoramic moonroof. The difference is the 2021 Volvo S60 offers these amenities along with a lower MSRP. The S60 and the BMW 3 Series are similar in head- and legroom, both offering a spacious cabin for up to five. Upgrade trim levels on the S60 and get Nappa leather seats, a four-zone climate control, and a premium surround sound audio system.


Volvo S60 technology

2021 Volvo S60 vs BMW 3 Series: Technology

Every Volvo comes standard with the Sensus infotainment system and the 2021 S60 is no different. The portrait-oriented, tablet-sized touchscreen allows easy and convenient access to Apple CarPlay™ or Android Auto™, navigation, music, and much more. The 2021 3 Series offers a smaller standard screen to try to navigate. Only the S60 offers the Bowers and Wilkins® premium sound system.

When it comes to driver assist technology, there's no question that Volvo has the edge on the competition. The 2021 S60 comes standard with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Lane Keep Assist, while those features are only available as upgrades on the BMW 3 Series. Only the S60 offers the standard BLIS® system, a blind spot information system that includes Steer Assist to help avoid accidents while changing lanes.

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Volvo S60 performance specs

2021 Volvo S60 vs BMW 3 Series: Performance

The entry-level models of both luxury sedans offer a turbocharged engine, with the 3-Series topping out at 255, 5 more horsepower than the S60 but the T6 Supercharged engine of the S60 delivers a mighty 316 horsepower. Both vehicles offer a plug-in hybrid version and while the 3 Series hybrid engine offers 288 horsepower, the S60's T8 generates a massive 400 horsepower and with the Polestar Engineered T8, you get up to 415 horsepower! Both sedans offer you the choice of front-wheel or all-wheel drive and are paired to 8-speed automatic transmissions.


Volvo S60 safety features

2021 Volvo S60 vs BMW 3 Series: Safety

When it comes to safety, Volvo is not only the industry leader, it's also the innovator. This is why the S60 was awarded a five star safety crash rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and named a 2021 Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, that organization's highest honor. The 3 Series was named a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS and not rated by the NHTSA. One of the reasons for the S60's accolades is WHIPS®, a Volvo innovation that reduces the risk of whiplash injury during a rear-end collision.

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2021 Volvo S60 vs BMW 3 Series: Summary

With a starting MSRP that's lower than the BMW 3 Series, the 2021 Volvo S60 offers more standard features, award-winning safety, and greater available power. If you haven't made up your mind yet, we invite you to stop by the showroom at South Bay Volvo or contact us to schedule a test driveso you can feel the Volvo difference for yourself.

2021 Volvo S602021 BMW 3 Series
$38,950Starting MSRP*$41,250
250Standard Horsepower255
Front-Wheel DriveStandard DrivetrainRear-Wheel Drive
Available UpgradeAll-Wheel DriveAvailable Upgrade
StandardPanoramic MoonroofStandard
StandardPower-Folding Rear SeatbacksNot Available
StandardPower Seat Lumbar SupportAvailable Upgrade
StandardLane Keeping AidAvailable Upgrade
Available UpgradeMassaging Front SeatsNot Available
2021 Top Safety Pick PlusIIHS Safety Award2021 Top Safety Pick

*As a model year progresses, changes may occur in some of the specs, features, options and pricing. The manufacturer reserves the right to make such changes. Prices listed are Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). Options may vary by region. See your Authorized Volvo Dealer for details.