Car Battle: 2011 BMW X3 versus 2011 Volvo XC60

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Car Battle: 2011 BMW X3 versus 2011 Volvo XC60

2011 BMW X3

2011 BMW X3 is a great mixture of performance, safety and performance and style. Its distinctive design makes the coupe stand out of the crowd and makes it as attractive as a magnet. The luxury crossover is compact and looks very classy.

It comes caked in the modern day BMW style and rolls on the roads with utmost panache. The coupe offers a generous legroom and headroom for a comfortable ride.

2011 Volvo XC60:

2011 Volvo XC60 has been claimed to be the safest Volvo ever produced by the Swedish automaker. The coupe is a symbol of luxury and unfurls a great performance. The crossover has been dipped in luxury and will make sure the ride is fun. The curvy creation has been given an aggressive front and modern interiors.

Safety has been given utmost importance and its ‘City Safety’ feature that keeps low speed impacts at bay is worth noticing. It has a range of electronics wedged inside, which will entertain travelers and bow down to all their connectivity demands.

Comparison attributes

a) Engine

2011 BMW X3: The awe-amazing 2011 BMW X3 35i comes fitted with a performance oriented N55 turbocharged 3.0 liter inline six engine. The 28i also comes fitted with a 3.0 liter mill, which will be just a little less powerful than 35i. Overall, the engine will pump a lot of power and make BMW X3 a ride to be remembered.

35i and 28i will have an all new eight-speed automatic transmission along with manual shift function.

2011 Volvo XC60: 2011 Volvo XC60 will be made available in four different flavors namely 3.2, 3.2 R-Design, T6 and T6 R-Design. The 3.2 and 3.2 R-Design versions will be wedged with a 3.2L 6-cylinder engine that will make it a power-packed ride. The all wheel drive will boast of an automatic transmission. On the other hand, the T6 and T6 R-Design trims will have a 3.0L 6-cylinder engine.

It will also be an all-wheel drive with an automatic transmission.

Winner: 2011 Volvo XC60

b) Power torque

2011 BMW X3: 2011 BMW X3 sprinkles power and will send an adrenaline rush every time the paddle is pressed. The car can pump a horsepower measuring 240 and 300 at 6600 rpm and 5800 rpm, respectively. It can easily come up with a torque of 221 lb-ft and 300 lb-ft at 2750 rpm and 1300 rpm, respectively.

2011 Volvo XC60: 2011 Volvo XC60 comes with two engine choices. The base engine, 3.2 liter V6, can come up with a horsepower of 240 and displaces a torque measuring 236 lb-ft. On the other hand, the T6 turbocharged engine will make the car more powerful with 300 horsepower and a torque of 325 lb-ft.

Winner: 2011 Volvo XC60

c) Top speed 0-60mph sprint, Power to weight ratio

2011 BMW X3: The eye-amazing BMW X3 can jump from zero to 60 mph in as less as 5.5 seconds. The car can touch a top speed of 150 mph and definitely talk speed.

2011 Volvo XC60: The 2011 Volvo XC60 can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just 6.9 seconds and boasts of a top speed touching 130 mph.

Winner: 2011 BMW X3

d) Fuel economy

2011 BMW X3: The x35i will deliver a fuel efficiency of 19 mpg city/26 mpg on the highway.

2011 Volvo XC60: 2011 Volvo XC60 will grace your lives with a fuel efficiency of 18.6 miles per gallon.

Winner: 2011 BMW X3

e) CO2 Emission

2011 BMW X3: The 2011 BMW X3 produces a CO2 emission of 149 g/km and has an average fuel consumption of 5.6 l/100 km.

2011 Volvo XC60: 2011 Volvo XC60 has a CO2 emission of 179 or 187 g/km for manual or auto, respectively.

Winner: 2011 Volvo XC60

f) Price

2011 BMW X3: The base price for X3 xDrive28i is $36,750 and that for X3 xDrive35i is $41,050.

2011 Volvo XC60: Volvo XC60 come stashed with a price tag of $32,900, $38,600, $38,950 and $42,150 for trims 3.2, 3.2 R-Design, T6 and T6 R-Design, respectively.

Winner: Keeping in mind that the base price for Volvo XC60 3.2 is $32,900, the winner is 2011 Volvo XC60.


Comparing a BMW and Volvo is not easy as both have their own style and unique traits. 2011 Volvo XC60 is little more superior when compared to 2011 BMW X3, which doesn’t mean that BMW is no good. Volvo wins by a small margin and outpaces BMW this time.

Winner: The winner of this car battle for all the good reasons is 2011 Volvo XC60.

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