2019 BMW X2 vs. 2019 Volvo V60

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the X2 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, 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 27 lbs.-ft. more torque (322 vs. 295) than the V60 T6’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the BMW X2 s/xDrive28i is faster than the V60 T5:

 

X2

V60

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

6.9 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

15.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92.9 MPH

92.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

Regenerative brakes improve the X2’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The V60 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The X2 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 X2 higher (7 out of 10) than the Volvo V60 (5 to 7). This means the X2 produces up to 8 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the V60 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 doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the X2’s standard front brake rotors are larger than those on the V60:

 

X2

V60

Front Rotors

13 inches

12.7 inches

The X2 stops much shorter than the V60:

 

X2

V60

 

60 to 0 MPH

111 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the X2 M35i offers optional 20-inch wheels. The V60’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 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The front and rear suspension of the X2 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 X2 sDrive28i xDrive handles at .92 G’s, while the V60 Momentum pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The X2 sDrive28i xDrive executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.2 seconds quicker than the V60 Momentum (25.9 seconds @ .68 average G’s vs. 27.1 seconds @ .66 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the X2 has a 1.8 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the V60 (7.2 vs. 5.4 inches), allowing the X2 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The BMW X2 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 500 pounds less than the Volvo V60.

The X2 is 1 foot, 3.2 inches shorter than the V60, making the X2 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The X2 has 2.4 inches more front headroom and 1.5 inches more rear legroom than the V60.

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

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.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the BMW X2, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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