2022 BMW X3

2022 BMW X3 M

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2022 Volvo XC60

2022 BMW X3 M vs. 2022 Volvo XC60


The 2022 BMW X3 M and the 2022 Volvo XC60 are two of the most popular SUVs on the market right now, and both are great options for anyone who needs to haul cargo or heavy tow things. But if you’re not sure which one to go with, here’s what you need to know:

Design & Style

  • Exterior Design

The BMW X3 M is a more aggressive design than the Volvo XC60. The BMW’s trademark kidney grille is wider from the front, with a larger gap between it and its headlights. The flared fenders on each side also make it look bulkier than usual, while its overall stance is more athletic and lower to the ground.

The Volvo XC60 has a more refined exterior design with sharper edges that give it an elegant appearance (especially in white). It also has plenty of curves in its bodywork—for example, around its lower doors—which makes it stand out from other compact crossovers like this one by making them appear more rounded or squarish in comparison.

  • Interior Design

The 2022 BMW X3 M has a more premium interior, high-quality leather upholstery, and extra comfort features like heated front seats and an upgraded infotainment system. The X3 M also has more storage space, with a larger glove compartment and smaller trunk dimensions than the Volvo XC60.

The seats are also better in the BMW X3 M, with supportive bolsters that hold you in place while cornering hard or braking hard. The Volvo’s standard seat is comfortable enough for everyday use, but it isn’t quite as plush or supportive as those found in its German rival.

Technology & Safety

The BMW X3 M comes standard with various technology and safety features. These include:

  • Adaptive LED headlights
  • X-Line exterior trim
  • Gesture control for the touchscreen interface
  • The Volvo XC60 has fewer advanced technologies than the BMW but still offers many driver assistance features. These include:
  • Blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and parking sensors at all four corners of the vehicle – these are helpful to detect objects around your vehicle so you can drive more safely.
  • Lane departure warning system provides warnings when you begin a lane change without using your turn signals or if there is an imminent danger on either side of your car that could be hard to see. This feature can help prevent accidents on busy roads or highways where there are no shoulders available, so drivers might not realize how close they’re getting to other vehicles until it’s too late!


The BMW X3 M comes with a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged inline-six engine that produces 473 hp and 457 lb-ft of torque. It has a 6-speed manual transmission, which is unusual for an SUV, but makes it quick off the line and fun to drive around town.

The Volvo XC60 goes one step up from the XC40 regarding engine performance specs: this car has a 2.0-liter turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder engine that produces 302 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. This makes it more powerful than its smaller sibling, with less weight on board (3,663 pounds vs. 3,461). The Volvo also offers an eight-speed automatic system instead of six gears like in the BMW X3 M

The Bottom Line

After comparing these two vehicles, we concluded that the BMW X3 M is the better pick. The interior of the Volvo XC60 has more storage space, but it’s also a little cramped overall. The exterior looks good on both cars, and they’re both reliable vehicles that are safe to drive. For us, the BMW X3 M wins because it’s more powerful and offers more features for its price tag—especially if you opt for one with all-wheel drive like our test model did!

Ready to Schedule a 2022 BMW X3 M Test Drive Today?

At Competition BMW of Smithtown, we give you a chance to experience the pure thrill of driving a 2022 BMW X3 M for yourself. Come and visit us today or give us a call at (888) 734-3331 to schedule a test drive. Our dealership staff is always on standby to assist you, and we look forward to serving you in the best way possible.


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