Volvo V70 2007 vs BMW 5 series 2007

Volvo V70
2007 - 2011
BMW 5 series
2007 - 2010
Gearbox: ManualManual
Engine: 2.5 Petrol2.5 Petrol
Camshaft drive: Timing beltTiming chain
Timing belt usually needs to be replaced more often than the chain, but it is usually significantly cheaper. Timing belt motors are generally quieter and less vibrating than chain motors.


Power: 200 HP190 HP
Torque: 300 NM235 NM
Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 8.1 seconds8.5 seconds
Volvo V70 is more dynamic to drive.
Volvo V70 engine produces 10 HP more power than BMW 5 series, whereas torque is 65 NM more than BMW 5 series. Thanks to more power Volvo V70 reaches 100 km/h speed 0.4 seconds faster.

Fuel consumption

Fuel consumption (l/100km): 9.37.7
Real fuel consumption: 9.2 l/100km9.6 l/100km
By specification Volvo V70 consumes 1.6 litres more fuel per 100 km than the BMW 5 series, which means that if you drive 15,000 km in a year, the Volvo V70 could require 240 litres more fuel.
But when we compare the real fuel consumption reported by users, Volvo V70 consumes 0.4 litres less fuel per 100 km than the BMW 5 series.
Fuel tank capacity: 70 litres70 litres
Full fuel tank distance: 750 km in combined cycle900 km in combined cycle
980 km on highway1160 km on highway
760 km with real consumption720 km with real consumption

Drive type

Wheel drive type: Front wheel drive (FWD)Rear wheel drive (RWD)
Front-wheel drive cars (Volvo V70) have better traction on slippery roads and when climbing hills, better fuel economy, and are less expensive to purchase. On the disadvantage side, FWD cars usually have less towing capacity, poorer acceleration and harder handling. Rear-wheel drive cars (BMW 5 series) have better handling on dry roads, better acceleration, more even weight distribution and more fun to drive. RWD is also better for towing large loads. The cons of rear-wheel drive are less interior and trunk space and more difficulty maneuvering in wet and snowy conditions.
Ground clearance: 150 mm (5.9 inches)143 mm (5.6 inches)


Average engine lifespan: 440'000 km380'000 km
Engine resource depends largely on regular maintenance and the quality of the oils and fuels used, but under equal conditions the average life of a Volvo V70 engine could be longer.
Engine production duration: 3 years6 years
Engine spread: Used also on Volvo S80Used only for this car
In general, the longer and for more car models an engine is produced, the better its serviceability and availability of spare parts.
Hydraulic tappets: noyes
The BMW 5 series engine has hydraulic tappets (lifters), providing quieter operation and no need for periodic adjustment, but they are more complex in design and can cause serious engine damage in case of failure.


Length: 4.82 m4.84 m
Width: 1.86 m1.85 m
Height: 1.54 m1.49 m
Volvo V70 is 2 cm shorter than the BMW 5 series, 1 cm wider, while the height of Volvo V70 is 5 cm higher.
Trunk capacity: 575 litres500 litres
Trunk max capacity:
with rear seats folded down
no data1650 litres
Volvo V70 has more luggage capacity.
Even though the car is shorter, Volvo V70 has 75 litres more trunk space than the BMW 5 series. The BMW 5 series may have more interior space, so the cabin could be more spacious and more comfortable for the driver and passengers.
Turning diameter: 11.7 meters11 meters
The turning circle of the Volvo V70 is 0.7 metres more than that of the BMW 5 series, which means Volvo V70 can be harder to manoeuvre in tight streets and parking spaces.
Gross weight (kg): no data2`190
Safety: no data
above average

above average
Volvo V70 has fewer problems.
According to annual technical inspection data BMW 5 series has serious deffects in 10 percent more cases than Volvo V70, so Volvo V70 quality is probably slightly better
Average price (€): 50006400
Rating in user reviews: 8.1/10 8.0/10
Pros and Cons: Volvo V70 has
  • timing belt engine
  • longer expected engine lifespan
  • roomier boot
  • fewer faults
  • lower price
BMW 5 sērija has
  • timing chain engine
  • more full fuel tank mileage
  • better manoeuvrability
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