New Volvo S60 vs BMW 3 Series vs Alfa Romeo Giulia
Volvo is following its recent run of success with the new S60 saloon. But standing in its way are the Alfa Romeo Giulia and class-leading BMW 3 Series...
Space and practicality
Front space, rear space, seating flexibility, boot
There isn’t enough to split these cars on space and practicality to significantly influence your buying decision – but that doesn’t mean there aren’t differences.
Taller adults would definitely choose to travel in the back of the 3 Series, due to its extra head and leg room. Meanwhile, the S60 has the least leg and head room; anyone taller than around 6ft will probably notice their head brushing the ceiling. However, the differences aren’t huge.
The 3 Series also has the tallest and broadest boot, although the S60’s extra length means it can swallow the same number of carry-on suitcases (seven). The Giulia has the shortest and narrowest boot but can still take a respectable six cases.
It’s disappointing that you need to pay (£400) for 60/40 split-folding rear seats in the S60; the other two come with more flexible 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats.
Guilia’s boot is the shortest, narrowest and ultimately the smallest. It still swallows six carry-on suitcases, though. Rear seats that split 40/20/40 and fold are standard on the Veloce.
Boot 480 litres Suitcases 6
Optional panoramic sunroof (part of the £1700 Premium Pack) doesn’t do front head room any favours, but the 3 Series has the most space in the back and 40/20/40 split-folding seats.
Boot 480 litres Suitcases 7