The 2022 BMW X3 and the 2022 Volvo XC60 are two of the most popular vehicles in their class. Both brands have a long history of producing high-quality vehicles; they're both German automakers. The 2022 BMW X3 was released in 2002, while the Volvo XC60 was released in 2007. The two SUVs share many similarities but also have some essential differences that make them unique from one another. Let's take a look at what each vehicle has to offer!

Design & Style

  • Exterior Design

The 2022 Volvo XC60 looks like a slightly smaller version of the larger XC90 SUV, with its swooping lines and tall, muscular stance. The front end is dominated by a large grille flanked by two round headlights and an oversized lower air intake that houses the foglights.

The 2022 BMW X3 looks more like a wagon than an SUV-the tall hatchback design has been around since the late 1990s. Still, it remains popular because it offers more cargo space than most SUVs and crossovers without sacrificing off-road capability. The front end features thin headlamps that cut into deep creases in the hood, while at the rear, you'll find muscular fenders over dual exhaust tips and taillights that wrap around each side of the vehicle.

  • Interior Design

The interior of the 2022 Volvo XC60 is well-built and feels like you're in a luxury car. The stereo system has a crisp sound, and the leather seats are comfortable to sit in during long trips or at a red light. The 2022 BMW X3's interior doesn't impress quite as much as that of its competitor; it manages to be both tedious and confusing. Its infotainment system seems outdated, even though it doesn't do anything wrong, but if you want your vehicle to feel like an extension of yourself while driving, then this might not be the best option for you.

Technology & Safety

Both vehicles offer adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning. Parking assist with rearview camera and backup sensors, automatic high beams and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking.

The BMW has a more advanced version of some of these features: self-parking capabilities without having to use the touch screen or remote control; adaptive cruise control that can brake for cyclists or pedestrians in its path; lane keep assist that allows you to select which lanes you want it to steer into if you're driving too close to another car on either side; traffic sign recognition that lets you know what speed limit is being passed, so you don't go over it unknowingly.

Performance

The 2022 Volvo XC60 and 2022 BMW X3 come with turbocharged four-cylinder engines. The Volvo's 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 is rated at 252 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, while the BMW's 3.0-liter turbocharged I-6 makes 335 horses 369 lb.-ft.

The later model year versions of the two vehicles are similar in their powertrain offerings, with standard all-wheel drive on both vehicles and an optional air suspension on the XC60 that can be controlled by either Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. There is also a Sport version of each vehicle that offers additional horsepower and lowers its ride height by 0.6 inches-a perfect choice for those who want to feel sportier behind the wheel but don't want to compromise comfort when driving over rough roads or around town every day.

The Bottom Line

The 2022 Volvo XC60 wins the showdown. It's a much better car than the 2022 BMW X3 in just about every way, and it costs less to buy and own.

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