2018 Volvo S60 Cross Country vs. 2017 BMW 5 Series Sedan

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Volvo S60 Cross Country have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The BMW 5 Series Sedan doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Volvo S60 Cross Country are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The BMW 5 Series Sedan doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The S60 Cross Country has a standard Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS), which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the WHIPS moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The 5 Series Sedan doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the S60 Cross Country. But it costs extra on the 5 Series Sedan.

To help make backing safer, the S60 Cross Country’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The 5 Series Sedan doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the S60 Cross Country and the 5 Series Sedan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, driver alert monitors, available blind spot warning systems and front parking sensors.

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Volvo S60 Cross Country uses regular unleaded gasoline. The 5 Series Sedan requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the S60 Cross Country’s turning circle is 1.7 feet tighter than the 5 Series Sedan’s (37.8 feet vs. 39.5 feet). The S60 Cross Country’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the 5 Series Sedan xDrive’s (37.8 feet vs. 40.1 feet).

Chassis

The S60 Cross Country is 12 inches shorter than the 5 Series Sedan, making the S60 Cross Country easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The S60 Cross Country has .5 inches more front headroom and .5 inches more front legroom than the 5 Series Sedan.

Towing

The S60 Cross Country has a 3500 lbs. towing capacity. The 5 Series Sedan has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

The S60 Cross Country has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The 5 Series Sedan doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the S60 Cross Country to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The 5 Series Sedan doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The S60 Cross Country has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The 5 Series Sedan doesn’t offer headlight washers.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the S60 Cross Country owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the S60 Cross Country will cost $2210 to $6970 less than the 5 Series Sedan over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the S60 Cross Country is less expensive to operate than the 5 Series Sedan because typical repairs cost much less on the S60 Cross Country than the 5 Series Sedan, including $279 less for a water pump, $295 less for an alternator, $63 less for front brake pads, $198 less for a starter, $441 less for front struts, $221 less for a timing belt/chain and $843 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Volvo S60 Cross Country will be $9806 to $34631 less than for the BMW 5 Series Sedan.

Recommendations

The S60 was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2011. The 5 Series Sedan has never been an “All Star.”

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