We all know that critics rave about Volvo crash testing and safety ratings, but what about BMW / Mini? If you take Volvo and BMW / Mini and compare the two, which car is a safer overall car to drive? Here are some facts to show you which car is safer and which car overall may save you money on repairs verses the costs of buying a Volvo or a BMW.
Lets start with safety. Volvo safety ratings according to http://safercar.gov on 2011 and 2012 cars, all of the Volvo’s that were tested get 5 stars with the exception of XC 60 and XC 90 on rollover which gets 4 stars. The 1990 to 2009 Volvo cars and SUV’s are virtually 80% 5 star ratings and 20% 4 star ratings on various crash testing and roll over testing. This is pretty remarkable for an automotive manufacturer to have such great rankings. As far as BMW / Mini, here is what we find for safety ratings. 2011 and 2012 cars and SUV’s got mostly 5 stars as well with 4 star reviews on roll over on X5 SUV’s and frontal crashes on all models tested. 1990 to 2009 has many 5 star ratings, some 4 star ratings and some 3 star ratings mainly on frontal crashes. Volvo is obviously a safer choice overall but BMW / Mini is right there in most comparisons so you have to give BMW / Mini some credit on safety.
Now you have the costs of purchasing and or the value of a Volvo versus BMW / Mini to consider. We checked on http://autos.yahoo.com and found new Mini’s are running between $20,000 and $35,000. The average new BMW’s run in between $40,000 and $90,000 on average and new Volvo’s were running between $24,000 and $48,000. Some BMW’s are valued between $90,000 and $338,000 in used condition, but checking from 2000 to 2009 on used car values BMW has cars that are from $3500 up to $338,000 for sale. When I check the values for Mini between 2000 and 2009, I found prices between $3900 and $39,000. As far as Volvo, cars and SUV’s were selling in 2000 to 2009 years between $1400 and $52,000.
Now consider the average repair costs for a Volvo versus BMW / Mini. When you try and research which cars break down more and which cars cost more overall, you seem to go down a dead end street. There is not a lot of research to tell you which cars breakdown more than others by makes, but the best we could find is http://consumerreports.org . They break down the cost of insurance, service & repair, depreciation, fuel, tax and interest on all makes. We can tell you that Range Rover was the #1 vehicle for the most repair cost on their list, but overall would say that as far as auto repairs and maintenance from experience, the average BMW models, Mini and Volvo all run about the same in repair prices and services. In the long run, a BMW would probably hold up better than a Volvo in age and mileage as far as the frequency of repairs needed. Mini is too new to tell, but the older models we have run across, some of the repairs have exceeded the value of the car such as a CVT transmission costing over $6000 on a car worth about $4000. When you think about it, there are many factors to think about when comparing these automotive giants, but with safety, value, repair costs, fuel and insurance to think about on top of the style of car you like, there is a lot to think about if you want to compare a Volvo to a BMW / Mini.
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