2019 BMW X2 vs. 2018 Volvo V60 Cross Country

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the X2 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, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

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 X2’s warranty.

Reliability

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

The X2 M35i’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 62 more horsepower (302 vs. 240) and 64 lbs.-ft. more torque (322 vs. 258) than the V60 Cross Country’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the BMW X2 s/xDrive28i is faster than the Volvo V60 Cross Country:

 

X2

V60

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

6.7 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

15.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92.9 MPH

89.8 MPH

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the BMW X2 higher (7 out of 10) than the Volvo V60 Cross Country (3). This means the X2 produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the V60 Cross Country every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

The X2’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 X2’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the V60 Cross Country:

 

X2

V60 Cross Country

Front Rotors

13 inches

11.8 inches

The X2’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.

The X2 stops shorter than the V60 Cross Country:

 

X2

V60 Cross Country

 

60 to 0 MPH

111 feet

120 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the X2 M35i offers optional 20-inch wheels. The V60 Cross Country’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the X2 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 X2 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 X2 offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The V60 Cross Country’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The X2 sDrive28i xDrive handles at .92 G’s, while the V60 Cross Country T5 Platinum pulls only .85 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The X2 sDrive28i xDrive executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the V60 Cross Country T5 Platinum (25.9 seconds @ .68 average G’s vs. 27.2 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

Chassis

The BMW X2 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 400 pounds less than the Volvo V60 Cross Country.

The X2 is 10.4 inches shorter than the V60 Cross Country, making the X2 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The X2 has 2.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the V60 Cross Country (94.1 vs. 92).

The X2 has 1.1 inches more front headroom and 3.2 inches more rear legroom than the V60 Cross Country.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the X2’s rear seats recline. The V60 Cross Country’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The X2 has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the V60 Cross Country with its rear seat folded (50.1 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 X2’s spare is out of the way under the trunk floor.

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the X2’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the X2 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 X2 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 X2 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 X2’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the V60 Cross Country’s headlights, which were rated “Poor.”

The X2’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 X2 is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the BMW X2, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Volvo V60 Cross Country isn't recommended.

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