2019 BMW X1 vs. 2019 Volvo XC60

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the X1 and the XC60 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, 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.

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 XC60 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 XC60 T5:

 

X1

XC60

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

7.3 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

15.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

90.5 MPH

86.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the X1 gets better fuel mileage than the XC60:

 

 

 

MPG

X1

 

FWD

sDrive28i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/32 hwy

 

AWD

xDrive28i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

XC60

 

FWD

T5 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

 

AWD

T5 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

20 city/27 hwy

 

 

T6 2.0 SC turbo 4 cyl.

19 city/27 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 XC60 (5 to 7). This means the X1 produces up to 8 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the XC60 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 XC60 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 XC60:

 

X1

XC60

Front Rotors

13 inches

12.7 inches

The X1 stops shorter than the XC60:

 

X1

XC60

 

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

131 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The X1’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the XC60’s standard 60 series tires.

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 XC60 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 XC60’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The front and rear suspension of the X1 uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the XC60, 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 XC60 T8 eAWD Momentum pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The X1 xDrive28i executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the XC60 T5 AWD Momentum (26.8 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 27.2 seconds @ .64 average G’s).

Chassis

The BMW X1 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 400 pounds less than the Volvo XC60.

The X1 is 9.2 inches shorter than the XC60, making the X1 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The X1 has 3.9 inches more front headroom and 1.4 inches more rear headroom than the XC60.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the X1’s available rear seats recline. The XC60’s rear seats don’t recline.

The front step up height for the X1 is 2 inches lower than the XC60 (17” vs. 19”). The X1’s rear step up height is 2.2 inches lower than the XC60’s (17.3” vs. 19.5”).

Cargo Capacity

The X1 has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the XC60 with its rear seat folded (58.7 vs. 50.6 cubic feet).

The X1’s cargo area is larger than the XC60’s in almost every dimension:

 

X1

XC60

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

35.1”/69”

37.8”/68.7”

Max Width

51.5”

43.5”

Min Width

39.5”

43.5”

Height

33”

30.6”

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’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The XC60’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

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 XC60 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

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 XC60 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 XC60 because it costs $126 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the X1 than the XC60, including $35 less for front brake pads and $229 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 XC60 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 XC60 has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

The BMW X1 outsold the Volvo XC60 by 8% during the 2018 model year.

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