2019 BMW X1 vs. 2019 Volvo V60

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the X1 and the V60 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and driver alert monitors.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the X1 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 139 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The V60 has not been tested, yet.

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 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 Motor Trend the BMW X1 is faster than the V60 T5:

 

X1

V60

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

6.9 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

15.3 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

Regenerative brakes improve the X1’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The V60 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The X1 has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the V60 FWD’s standard fuel tank (16.1 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

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 (5 to 7). This means the X1 produces up to 8 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the V60 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 doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

X1

V60

Front Rotors

13 inches

12.7 inches

The X1 stops shorter than the V60:

 

X1

V60

 

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

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 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The front and rear suspension of the X1 uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the V60, which uses transverse leafs springs in the rear. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

The X1 xDrive28i handles at .85 G’s, while the V60 Momentum pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For greater off-road capability the X1 has a 1.8 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the V60 (7.2 vs. 5.4 inches), allowing the X1 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The BMW X1 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 500 pounds less than the Volvo V60.

The X1 is 12 inches shorter than the V60, making the X1 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The X1 has 7.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the V60 (101.2 vs. 94).

The X1 has 4.5 inches more front headroom, 1.3 inches more rear headroom, 1.8 inches more rear legroom and .7 inches more rear shoulder room than the V60.

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

Cargo Capacity

The X1 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the V60 with its rear seat up (27.1 vs. 23.2 cubic feet). The X1 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the V60 with its rear seat folded (58.7 vs. 50.9 cubic feet).

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

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 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Recommendations

The X1 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 2 of the last 3 years. The V60 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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