2019 Volvo V90 Cross Country vs. 2019 BMW X5

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Volvo V90 Cross Country have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The BMW X5 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Volvo V90 Cross Country are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The BMW X5 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The Volvo V90 Cross Country offers optional built in child booster seats. They’re more crash worthy than an added child seat because of their direct attachment to the seat. BMW doesn’t offer the convenience and security of a built-in child booster seat in the X5. Their owners must carry a heavy booster seat in and out of the vehicle; V90 Cross Country owners can just fold their built-in child seat up or down.

Both the V90 Cross Country and the X5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, 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.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the V90 Cross Country gets better fuel mileage than the X5:

 

 

 

MPG

V90

 

AWD

T5 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

 

 

T6 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4 cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

X5

 

AWD

xDrive40i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

20 city/26 hwy

 

 

xDrive50i 4.0 turbo V8

17 city/22 hwy

The V90 Cross Country has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The X5 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the V90 Cross Country’s turning circle is 3.3 feet tighter than the X5’s (38.1 feet vs. 41.4 feet).

Chassis

The Volvo V90 Cross Country may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 800 pounds less than the BMW X5.

The V90 Cross Country is 8.3 inches shorter in height than the X5, making the V90 Cross Country much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

The design of the Volvo V90 Cross Country amounts to more than styling. The V90 Cross Country has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .33 Cd. That is lower than the X5 (.36 to .38) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the V90 Cross Country get better fuel mileage.

Cargo Capacity

The V90 Cross Country’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The X5’s tailgate’s top part raises up, but the bottom part lowers, getting in the way of loading and making an uneven surface for sliding cargo.

Ergonomics

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the V90 Cross Country to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The X5 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

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