2019 BMW X1 vs. 2018 Volvo V60 Cross Country

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the X1 and the V60 Cross Country have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rear parking sensors, available all wheel drive and driver alert monitors.

Warranty

There are over 15 percent more BMW dealers than there are Volvo dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the X1’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates rated the X1 first among small premium SUVs in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The V60 Cross Country isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 35 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 29th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 35 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 22nd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks BMW 21 places higher in reliability than Volvo.

Engine

As tested in Consumer Reports the BMW X1 is faster than the Volvo V60 Cross Country:

 

X1

V60

Zero to 60 MPH

7.9 sec

8.1 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.6 sec

5 sec

Quarter Mile

16.3 sec

16.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92.2 MPH

87 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the X1 xDrive28i gets better fuel mileage than the V60 Cross Country (22 city/31 hwy vs. 22 city/30 hwy).

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the BMW X1 higher (7 out of 10) than the Volvo V60 Cross Country (3). This means the X1 produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the V60 Cross Country every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

The X1’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the X1’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the V60 Cross Country:

 

X1

V60

Front Rotors

13 inches

11.8 inches

The X1’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the V60 Cross Country are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the X1 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The X1 has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The V60 Cross Country’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The X1 xDrive28i executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the V60 Cross Country T5 Platinum (26.8 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 27.2 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

Chassis

The BMW X1 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 400 pounds less than the Volvo V60 Cross Country.

The X1 is 7.2 inches shorter than the V60 Cross Country, making the X1 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The X1 has 9.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the V60 Cross Country (101.2 vs. 92).

The X1 has 3.2 inches more front headroom, 1.8 inches more rear headroom and 3.5 inches more rear legroom than the V60 Cross Country.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the X1’s available rear seats recline. The V60 Cross Country’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The X1 has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the V60 Cross Country with its rear seat folded (58.7 vs. 43.8 cubic feet).

The V60 Cross Country’s spare tire is stored in the cargo area, where it diminishes the useable cargo capacity and interferes with loading and unloading. The X1’s spare is out of the way under the trunk floor.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the X1 has a standard power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or optionally by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer a power trunk.

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that BMW service is better than Volvo. J.D. Power ranks BMW 8th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 15% lower rating, Volvo is ranked 14th.

Ergonomics

The X1 offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

If the windows are left open on the X1 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the V60 Cross Country can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Consumer Reports rated the X1’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the V60 Cross Country’s headlights, which were rated “Poor.”

To shield the driver’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side window, the X1 has a standard extendable sun visor. The V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The X1’s optional Parking Assistant can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

The X1 is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the X1 owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the X1 with a number “3” insurance rate while the V60 Cross Country is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the X1 is less expensive to operate than the V60 Cross Country because it costs $333 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the X1 than the V60 Cross Country, including $215 less for a fuel pump.

Recommendations

J.D. Power and Associates rated the X1 first among small premium SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The V60 Cross Country isn’t in the top three.

The X1 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 2 of the last 3 years. The V60 Cross Country has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

The BMW X1 outsold the Volvo 60 Series by over two to one during the 2018 model year.

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