2019 BMW X2 vs. 2019 Volvo XC60

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the X2 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, 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

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the X2’s reliability 18 points higher than the XC60.

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 X2 s/xDrive28i is faster than the Volvo XC60:

 

X2

XC60 T5

XC60 T6

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

7.3 sec

6.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

15.5 sec

15 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92.9 MPH

86.1 MPH

89.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the X2 gets better fuel mileage than the XC60:

 

 

 

MPG

X2

 

FWD

sDrive28i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/32 hwy

 

AWD

xDrive28i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/31 hwy

 

 

M35i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/29 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

Regardless of its engine, regenerative brakes improve the X2’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. Volvo only offers a regenerative brake system on the XC60 T8.

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 XC60 (5 to 7). This means the X2 produces up to 8 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the XC60 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 XC60 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 XC60:

 

X2

XC60

Front Rotors

13 inches

12.7 inches

The X2 stops much shorter than the XC60:

 

X2

XC60

 

70 to 0 MPH

162 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

111 feet

131 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The X2’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 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 XC60 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 XC60’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The front and rear suspension of the X2 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 X2 xDrive28i handles at .91 G’s, while the XC60 T6 AWD Inscription pulls only .87 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The X2 sDrive28i xDrive executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the XC60 T5 AWD Momentum (25.9 seconds @ .68 average G’s vs. 27.2 seconds @ .64 average G’s).

Chassis

The BMW X2 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 400 pounds less than the Volvo XC60.

The X2 is 1 foot shorter than the XC60, making the X2 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the X2’s rear seats recline. The XC60’s rear seats don’t recline.

The front step up height for the X2 is 2.4 inches lower than the XC60 (16.6” vs. 19”). The X2’s rear step up height is 2.5 inches lower than the XC60’s (17” vs. 19.5”).

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’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.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the BMW X2, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Volvo XC60 isn't recommended.

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