Volvo is known for having some of the safest cars, including the 2019 Volvo S60. The S60 may have a tame demeanor but it has exciting features that make it far from looking plain. Compared to other luxury vehicles, the S90 is also built with consideration to its performance and the set of tech features it comes with. Perhaps its toughest competition would be the 2019 BMW 3-Series and here is a comparison to see which car dominates.   

Design & Style

The S60 has a sexy exterior that is almost similar to that of the S90. Since it has a smaller wheelbase, the proportions look better and discarded the awkward stretch in the space between the front and rear doors.   The aesthetics are even more attractive in the cabin. The theme is clearly minimalist with simpler and cooler details. The calm styling is made vibrant by the choice of trim, like the driftwood trim, that makes the interior look and feels warm.

The 3-Series has a sporty styling that is headlined by a sculpted and bigger chin. There is an option to change the standard headlights for the matrix-LED Laserlight to add more character on the exterior.

Technology & Safety

The innovative Sensus infotainment system controls both the audio and navigation of the S60. Both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto work seamlessly compared to other cars. As a leader in car safety technology, the S60 is equipped with impressive standard and optional driver aids and safety features. the pilot assists- semi-autonomous drive system may be added as an option for the different tech packages. 

While its infotainment is good, it can be disappointing to learn that the latest smartphone integration for the 3-Series is available as a pricey option. Most of the other infotainment features are also available in packages which means that standard equipment can be pretty lame.  


The S60 is equipped with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that is turbocharged to give out up to 250 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. This power is enough for fast yet effortless acceleration. The 3-Series has a bit higher power and torque at 255 hp and 295 lb-ft.

The Bottom Line

Besides the engine, there is nothing too remarkable in the 2019 BMW 3-Series when compared against the 2019 Volvo S60. The S60 has that certain character that is not boastful of what it can offer. The styling, for example, is not showy but you can appreciate how simplicity made it more appealing. Even the cabin may look too simple at first but once you begin to inspect the details, you will see how sophisticated the materials actually are. In terms of performance, it is more reliable and confidence-inspiring than the 3-Series.

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