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Make
Model
Variant
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2004. - 2006.
J - SUV
suv, 5 door
4 x 4
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2004. - 2007.
J - SUV
suv, 5 door
4 x 4

Marketing

Dimensons & Outlines

4565 mm
1853 mm
1674 mm
480 liters
1560 liters
67 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4733 mm
1860 mm
1562 mm
485 liters
1641 liters
70 liters
2004 BMW X3
2004 Volvo XC70

Engine

Petrol
6 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
2494 cc
192 hp
245 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Petrol
5 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo
2521 cc
213 hp
320 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 6 gears
1715 kg
8.9 s
208 km/h
15.6 l/100km
8.7 l/100km
11.2 l/100km
272 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1664 kg
8.1 s
210 km/h
14.1 l/100km
7.9 l/100km
10.2 l/100km
244 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

automatic - 5 gears
1740 kg
9.8 s
208 km/h
17.1 l/100km
9.0 l/100km
11.9 l/100km
289 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
automatic - 5 gears
1668 kg
8.5 s
210 km/h
15.6 l/100km
8.5 l/100km
11.1 l/100km
266 g/km

Expenses

3000 EUR
Price from
4400 EUR

Virtual Adviser's™ opinion

Overview

Well, these are two pretty similar cars we have here! It's only details that could potentially make the difference. Considering they both belong to the suv segment and utilize the same 5-door suv body style and the 4 x 4 wheel drive system, it all comes up to the specific petrol engine choice they offer. The first one has a BMW-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 6-cylinder, 24-valves 192hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 5-cylinder, 20-valves 213hp 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. Moving further on, let's take a closer look at some additional safety-related facts. Both vehicles belong to the suv segment, which is generally a very good thing safety-wise, but that fact doesn't break the tie between the two cars. Furthermore, when it comes to weight, a factor that most people underestimate, the German car offers a marginal difference of 3% 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, all the models observed together. These are the results of an independent reasearch, while our visitors describe reliability of BMW with an average rating of 4.2, and models under the Volvo badge with 4.6 out of 5. Independent research findings rank X3 as average reliability-wise, and XC70 is more or less at the same level.Above it all, drivers of cars with the same engine as the German car rank it on average as 2.8, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 4.6 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Volvo is a bit more agile, reaching 100km/h in 0.8 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 210 kilometers per hour, 2km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be the Swedish car, averaging around 10.2 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (28 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 10% difference compared to the German car.


Verdict

Volvo is apparently more reliable, not too much, but just enough. 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 German car offers slightly better overall protection and takes the lead. From there things take a different direction, with Volvo offering somewhat better performance, just enough to call it quicker. To make things even better, it consumps less fuel! All together, there's not much more to say, in this case I wouldn't even consider anything but Volvo. Anyway, that's the most objective conclusion I could've came up with and it's based solely on the information found on this website. Aspects such as design, practicality, brand value and driving experience are there for you to measure them out. In case you have two minutes to spare I invite you to define your needs, desires and budget and see which car would be chosen by the virtual adviser, among thousands of similar, yet so different vehicles.

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