|Quote, originally posted by zephyr451 »|
|We have both a V70R & a 330Xi sedan. I know they're not the same, but he 330 is similar enough to the wagon to make a couple of inferences.|
First, I should state up front, that I prefer the 330 over the R on almost any dimension except acceleration. The R is just a hoot to drive fast in cold weather. Not to mention embarssing the mustang & camaro crowds at stop lights.
Second, even with 18" wheels on my 330xi it rides so much better than the 4c suspension on the R it's not even worth discussing. The handling is, in general, better -- although there is a touch more body lean in the 330.
Third, just two words: turning radius.
Fourth, for what it's worth the BMW get's about 20% better fuel economy. I get between 28-30mpg on the highway (65-70mph) vs 24-25mpg on the Volvo.
Finally, the BMW has been more reliable, for us, than our R. We have an early 04 and it has been in for all the popular problems. Rear-end hop, Axle spline click (3 time), Wiper Motor, Shifter buzzing, plus a host of other items.