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2015. - Production 2016. -
E - Luxury car Vehicle class E - Luxury car
sedan, 4 door Body style sedan, 4 door
Rear Wheel drive Front
Safety
Dimensons & Volumes
5007 mm
Length 4963 mm
1894 mm
Width 1890 mm
1392 mm
Height 1443 mm
460 liters
Boot (min) 500 liters
1265 liters
Boot (max) 500 liters
70 liters
Fuel tank 55 liters
Engine
Petrol Fuel Petrol
8 - V config, 4 valves per cylinder Configuration 4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Bi-Turbo Aspiration Compressor
4395 cc
Displacement 1969 cc
450 hp
Power 400 hp
650 Nm
Torque 640 Nm
Performance (manual gearbox)
manual gearbox - gears
manual gearbox - gears
kg
Vehicle weight kg
s
Acc. 0-100 s
km/h
Top speed km/h
l/100km
Cons. (urban) l/100km
l/100km
Cons. (highway) l/100km
l/100km
Cons. (average) l/100km
g/km
CO2 emissions g/km
Performance (automatic gearbox)
automatic - 8 gears
automatic - 8 gears
1840 kg
Vehicle weight 1950 kg
4.6 s
Acc. 0-100 4.9 s
250 km/h
Top speed 250 km/h
11.9 l/100km
Cons. (urban) l/100km
6.6 l/100km
Cons. (highway) l/100km
8.6 l/100km
Cons. (average) 1.9 l/100km
199 g/km
CO2 emissions 44 g/km
Expenses
84830 EUR
Price from 50100 EUR
Virtual Adviser's™ opinion

Overview

Two significantly similar cars, no doubt about that. Still, each one has something different to offer. Having both cars powered by petrol engines and utilizing the 4-door sedan body style within the same 'Luxury car' segment, the only major difference here really is their wheel drive configuration (rear for the BMW and front in the case of the Volvo). The first one has a BMW-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 8-cylinder, 32-valves 450hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 400hp engine designed by Volvo.

Safety

Unfortunatelly, neither of the two vehicles was submitted to the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) testing. This makes it virtually impossible for me to pick one over the other and I'm generally against buying such cars as the safety should really always come first. That aside, let's consider some other aspects which affect safety. Both vehicles belong to the luxury car segment, which is generally a very good thing safety-wise, but that fact doesn't break the tie between the two cars. On the other hand, when it comes to weight, a factor that most people underestimate, the Swedish car offers a marginal difference of 6% more metal.

Reliability

Manufacturers have been building their reliability reputation for decades now and, generally speaking, it appears that Volvo does have a slight advantage, at least on all of the models level. That's the official data, while our visitors describe reliability of BMW with an average rating of 4.3, and models under the Volvo badge with 4.5 out of 5. Unfortunatelly, I don't have enough insight that would allow me to comment in more details on the specific models level. We should definitely mention that owners of cars with the same powertrain as the German car rank it on average as 3.0 out of 5, exactly the same as the other one.

Performance & Fuel economy

BMW is a bit more agile, reaching 100km/h in 0.3 seconds less than its competitor. Still, it lacks the power to win the top speed competition, topping at 250 kilometers per hour, exactly the same as the other car does. When it comes to fuel economy an obvious choice would be the Swedish car, averaging around 1.9 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (149 mpg), in combined cycle. That's 353% difference compared to the German car!

Verdict

Volvo appears just a bit more reliable, although the difference is truly marginal. The most important thing when deciding between any two vehicles should always be safety, both passive and active. In my opinion, everything taken into account, the Swedish car offers slightly better overall protection and takes the lead. From there things take a different direction, with BMW offering somewhat better performance, just enough to call it quicker. It does come at a cost though, and that's the fuel consumption... All together, there's not much more to say, in this case I wouldn't even consider anything but Volvo. Nevertheless, let's not forget that people have different preferences and needs, so what really counts is your personal feel. I'm only here to help. I suggest you spend two more minutes in order to find out which car, based on your needs and budget, would be picked by the virtual adviser™, among thousands of similar, yet so different vehicles.
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