The fuel economy is distinctly to Volvo V70 III's advantage. This vehicle uses 3.3 l fewer fuel in the mixed cycle in comparison to the BMW 5-Series E60. Interesting is that average fuel consumption in the combined cycle for the executive class, in which the Volvo V70 III Estate is classified, equals to 8.8 l whereas the Volvo V70 III needs by 24 % less amount of fuel than the average.
The Volvo burns up 5.3 l fewer fuel running around the town in relation to the BMW. The difference in the amount of 5.3 l is quite noticeable in everyday usage of the car. Moreover, in a long run it will give you significant savings. Keep in mind that fuel consumption may change depending on your driving style
The trunk of the Volvo V70 III is only 15 % bigger than the BMW 5-Series E60 Touring E61. However, the difference is not big it would be right to say that both cars have more of less the same boot capacity.
Maximal torque RPM
A greater range and a lower value of rotations at which the maximum torque is produced determines an engine’s performance. Still, in order to have a full perspective on a car’s engine performance, it is good to see a torque performance graph.
The width of the vehicle influences on passanger's inner room and stability of driving. The Volvo V70 III Estate is 1 % wider in comparison to the BMW. It is often clearly felt by those sitting in front, who have more space for their elbows.
In this category it is the Volvo V70 III Estate 1.6 T4 180HP manual that can hold 1 percent more fuel in comparison to the BMW 5-Series E60. The medium fuel container size in the E segment, from which the Volvo comes from, equals 71 liters, whereas in executive segment (represented by the BMW 5-Series E60 Touring E61) it amounts to 71 l.
Maximum load capacity
Number of doors
A five-door car usually is a hatchback and as a result the Volvo V70 III Estate, where you can open up the boot lid and fold flat the back seats enlarging a luggage compartment, has the edge over the four-door BMW 5-Series E60 Touring E61 530 Xi 258HP manual 4x4 which is less comfortable to load and unload baggage.
Model release date
Given that the BMW 5-Series E60 Touring E61 530 Xi 258HP manual 4x4's production started only 4 years prior to the Volvo V70 III Estate 1.6 T4 180HP manual, the distance in technology used in both vehicles shouldn’t be really big, however, the Volvo V70 III Estate may feature a bit more advanced solutions applied in it.