VOLVO XC60 vs BMW X3

Two top crossovers that can’t go wrong

Popular, premium and mid-size, the BMW X3 and Volvo XC60 are both top-ranked SUVs. To help you decide which one is better suited for you, we’ve compared both of these top-end crossovers on performance, practicality, and safety. 

As a relative newcomer to the crossover game, the Volvo XC60 is a pretty sweet ride that pulls no punches—with an upmarket cabin, smart looks, and pocket-pleasing performance. But the BMW X3, one of the brand’s first luxury crossovers, is still one of the best in this competitive segment. It sports an energetic turbocharged base engine and handles like a dream. Let’s take a deeper look under the hood, so to speak, to help you choose between these two premium mid-size SUVs.

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VOLVO XC60 vs BMW X3

Two top crossovers that can’t go wrong

Popular, premium and mid-size, the BMW X3 and Volvo XC60 are both top-ranked SUVs. To help you decide which one is better suited for you, we’ve compared both of these top-end crossovers on performance, practicality, and safety. 

As a relative newcomer to the crossover game, the Volvo XC60 is a pretty sweet ride that pulls no punches—with an upmarket cabin, smart looks, and pocket-pleasing performance. But the BMW X3, one of the brand’s first luxury crossovers, is still one of the best in this competitive segment. It sports an energetic turbocharged base engine and handles like a dream. Let’s take a deeper look under the hood, so to speak, to help you choose between these two premium mid-size SUVs.

BMW X3

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Volvo XC60

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BMW— A synonym for “wow”

Scorchingly fast, the dynamic BMW X3 gives all its rivals a run, but, in terms of performance as a true SUV compared to the XC60, the BMW X3 is the better – and quieter one. Its eight-speed transmission is smooth and responsive, and the cabin well-sound proofed on noisy motorways. It’s also reasonably thrifty at the gas pump. Even AWD versions get an EPA-estimated 25 miles per gallon combined. That’s a shade more than the XC60, which can only manage 23 mpg combined in AWD form. However, the XC60’s T8 plug-in hybrid engine is more efficient, hands-down. But neither of the Volvo’s two sporty powertrains can match the X3 for speed.

  • Cargo space: 62.7 cubic feet
  • Seats: 5
  • Engine: 2.0L 1-4 248HP
  • Front legroom: 40.3"
  • Fuel efficiency: 9.4 L/100km

BMW— A synonym for “wow”

Scorchingly fast, the dynamic BMW X3 gives all its rivals a run, but, in terms of performance as a true SUV compared to the XC60, the BMW X3 is the better – and quieter one. Its eight-speed transmission is smooth and responsive, and the cabin well-sound proofed on noisy motorways. It’s also reasonably thrifty at the gas pump. Even AWD versions get an EPA-estimated 25 miles per gallon combined. That’s a shade more than the XC60, which can only manage 23 mpg combined in AWD form. However, the XC60’s T8 plug-in hybrid engine is more efficient, hands-down. But neither of the Volvo’s two sporty powertrains can match the X3 for speed.

  • Cargo space: 62.7 cubic feet
  • Seats: 5
  • Engine: 2.0L 1-4 248HP
  • Front legroom: 40.3"
  • Fuel efficiency: 9.4 L/100km