2022 BMW X3 vs. 2022 Volvo XC60

2022 BMW X3 exterior
2022 BMW X3


2022 Volvo XC60
473 hp

Maximum Power

415 hp
28.7 cubic feet

Cargo Space (All Seats Upright)

17.8 cubic feet

Standard Speakers

10.25 inches

Standard Touchscreen

9 inches

Apple CarPlay®

Not Available

Comparing the Volvo XC60 vs. BMW X3 is a great way to set yourself up for success, but at the end of the day, only one of these models will have what it takes to keep you satisfied! Our 2022 comparison shows that the X3 isn’t just the more powerful model—it’s also more agile, more spacious, and better-equipped as standard.

Volvo vs. BMW: Performance

If you choose the BMW, you’re getting the Ultimate Driving Machine®—and that’s not just talk. The base-level models offer similar amounts of power: 248 hp for the BMW and 247 hp for the Volvo. However, things change as you move down the lineup:

  • BMW offers a 3.0L M TwinPower i6 with 382 horsepower. The XC60 offers an engine upgrade in its B6 trim, but it only outputs 295 horsepower.
  • The Volvo XC60 does offer a 415-hp powertrain at the very top of its range—but the X3 wins out again with another available upgrade. The M TwinPower i6 in the X3 M configuration delivers up to 473 horsepower.

Westlake Village and Malibu drivers should note that the X3 has similar advantages over popular rivals like the Acura RDX. Not convinced by engine power comparisons on their own? The U.S. News said it well when comparing the Volvo XC60 vs. BMW X3 on handling and agility:

  • “Overall, this Volvo is not the sportiest vehicle in the class.”
  • “…the BMW has sharper handling and easier-to-use infotainment controls. Both are decent picks, but the X3 is a better one.”

Find out how to access your preferred engine by exploring our 2022 BMW X3 price list.

Volvo vs. BMW: Cargo Space

When the rear seats of both models are folded flat, the Volvo XC60 and the BMW X3 offer nearly identical amounts of total cargo space—but what if you’re traveling with passengers? Whether you’re road-tripping, camping with friends, or running errands in Los Angeles, you’ll appreciate that the X3 has a much bigger cargo storage area:

  • BMW X3 Cargo Volume (All Seats Upright): 28.7 cubic feet
  • Volvo XC60 Cargo Volume (All Seats Upright): 17.8 cubic feet

Volvo vs. BMW: Standard Features

If you’re comparing Volvo vs. BMW, you can be sure that both models will offer luxurious and comfortable cabins—but the X3 has a few more advantages that deserve your attention:

  • The X3 offers 12 standard speakers, vs. 10 in the XC60
  • The X3 offers a 10.25-inch touchscreen, compared to a 9-inch touchscreen in the XC60
  • With the X3, you get a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster as standard. The XC60 also has a digital gauge cluster, but it measures just 5.1 inches diagonally.
  • The BMW X3 offers standard Apple CarPlay®, but the XC60 doesn’t offer this feature at all.

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