BMW 330e vs Volvo S60 T8: space and practicality
As four-door saloons, neither of these cars offers the height of practicality
Two adults will be comfortable in the back seats of the BMW 330e, although there’s a touch more legroom and quite a bit more light in the Volvo, as well as 60:40 split-folding rear seats with a through-loading hatch. You have to pay extra for folding rear seats on the entry-level 330e SE, but M Sport cars have them.
The only area where the Volvo S60 really disappoints is boot versatility; while the 390-litre boot space is slightly larger than the BMW’s and its wider aperture helps with loading bulky buggies or suitcases, the lack of cable storage is hard to forgive.
Having one or two cables lying around the boot, and no underfloor or hidden storage available, makes this a less useful boot in everyday use than the BMW's, despite the size advantage. The BMW’s 375-litre boot has shallow underfloor storage that requires annoyingly careful cable packing, but it’s still a great addition.
In This Review
- 1VerdictAs company-car tax for plug-in hybrids drops, we put two of the sector's main contenders head to head
- 2Range, charging & fuel economyThere's little to choose between the pair in this area
- 3Running costs & warrantyHigh list prices are offset by rock-bottom running costs, especially for company-car drivers
- 4Performance & handlingThe Volvo is the outright faster car, but the rear-drive BMW is more satisfying from behind the wheel
- 5Space & practicality - currently readingAs four-door saloons, neither of these cars offers the height of practicality
- 6Safety & reliabilityReliability should be good, but some safety kit is optional on both cars
- 7Verdict & specificationsA better driving experience and lower purchase price hand victory to the BMW