2019 BMW X7 vs. 2019 Volvo XC90

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the X7. But it costs extra on the XC90.

Both the X7 and the XC90 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, driver alert monitors and available around view monitors.


There are over 15 percent more BMW dealers than there are Volvo dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the X7’s warranty.


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’ 2019 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 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 82 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 29th.

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.


The X7 has more powerful engines than the XC90:



X7 xDrive40i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

335 HP

330 lbs.-ft.

X7 xDrive50i 4.4 turbo V8

456 HP

479 lbs.-ft.

XC90 T5 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

250 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

XC90 T6 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

316 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

XC90 T8 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid

400 HP

472 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range

Regardless of its engine, regenerative brakes improve the X7’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. Volvo only offers a regenerative brake system on the XC90 T8.

The X7 has 3.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the XC90 Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (21.9 vs. 18.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The X7 has 3.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the XC90’s standard fuel tank (21.9 vs. 18.8 gallons).


The X7’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 XC90 doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the X7’s brake rotors are larger than those on the XC90:

X7 xDrive40i

X7 xDrive50i

X7 M Sport

XC90 T5/T6

XC90 T8

Front Rotors

13.7 inches

14.7 inches

15.6 inches

13.6 inches

14.4 inches

Rear Rotors

13.6 inches

14.6 inches

14.6 inches

12.6 inches

13.4 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the X7 has larger standard tires than the XC90 (285/45R21 vs. 235/55R19). The X7’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the XC90 (F:275/40R22 & R:315/35R22 vs. 275/45R20).

The X7’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the XC90 T5’s standard 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the X7 has standard 21-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the XC90 T5. The X7’s optional 22-inch wheels are larger than the 21-inch wheels optional on the XC90.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the X7 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The XC90 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The front and rear suspension of the X7 uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the XC90, which uses coil springs in front and transverse leafs springs in the rear. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the X7’s wheelbase is 4.7 inches longer than on the XC90 (122.2 inches vs. 117.5 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the X7 is .5 inches wider in the front and 1.3 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the XC90.


The front grille of the X7 uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The XC90 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

The X7 has 3 inches more front headroom, 2.3 inches more front shoulder room, .2 inches more rear headroom, .6 inches more rear legroom, 1.6 inches more rear shoulder room, .7 inches more third row headroom, 1.4 inches more third row legroom and 1 inch more third row shoulder room than the XC90.

Cargo Capacity

The X7’s cargo area provides more volume than the XC90.



Third Seat Folded

48.6 cubic feet

41.8 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

90.4 cubic feet

85.7 cubic feet

Pressing a switch automatically lowers or raises the X7’s second and third row seats, to make changing between cargo and passengers easier. The XC90 doesn’t offer automatic folding second row seats.


The X7’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the XC90’s (7500 vs. 4000 pounds).

Servicing Ease

The engine in the X7 is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the XC90. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

A maintenance reminder system is standard on the X7 to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals for oil changes and vehicle inspection based on odometer mileage. This takes the guesswork out of keeping your vehicle in top condition and helps it last longer. Volvo doesn’t offer a maintenance reminder on the XC90.

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 14% lower rating, Volvo is ranked 15th.


The X7’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 XC90’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the X7 has standard extendable sun visors. The XC90 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The X7 has standard heated front and optional heated second and third row seats, which keep the driver and passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. The XC90 doesn’t offer a third-row heated seat.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Kia Telluride has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The XC90 doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

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