BMW 330e vs Volvo S60 T8: safety and reliability
Reliability should be good, but some safety kit is optional on both cars
Lane-keeping assistance, cruise control, autonomous emergency braking at city speeds, traffic-sign recognition and front and rear parking sensors are standard on both of these cars, and the BMW gets a reversing camera as well. You pay extra on both to get adaptive cruise control and semi-autonomous driving mode – £1,625 in the Volvo and £1,250 in the BMW.
The Volvo's standard head-up display is a useful safety addition that costs a whopping £1,900 on the BMW, albeit as part of a pack that includes wireless phone charging, a wi-fi hotspot and a speaker upgrade.
Both cars' powertrains have been in use for some years in various models and should be reliable despite their complexity. Neither of these models was rated in the 2020 edition of our sister title Auto Express' Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, but the brands overall were rated 10th (Volvo) and a disappointing 27th (BMW) respectively.
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 & practicalityAs four-door saloons, neither of these cars offers the height of practicality
- 6Safety & reliability - currently readingReliability 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