2019 Volvo V90 vs. 2019 BMW X6

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Volvo V90 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 X6 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Volvo V90 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 X6 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the V90 and X6 have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The V90 has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The X6’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The Volvo V90 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 X6. Their owners must carry a heavy booster seat in and out of the vehicle; V90 owners can just fold their built-in child seat up or down.

The V90 has standard Automatic Braking After Collision, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The X6 doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

To help make backing safer, the V90’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The X6 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the V90 and the X6 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras and available around view monitors.

Engine

The V90 T6’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 14 more horsepower (316 vs. 302) than the X6 s/xDrive35i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the V90 gets better fuel mileage than the X6:

 

 

 

MPG

V90

 

FWD

T5 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/35 hwy

 

AWD

T6 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4 cyl.

21 city/31 hwy

X6

 

RWD

sDrive35i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

18 city/24 hwy

 

AWD

xDrive35i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

18 city/24 hwy

 

 

xDrive50i 5.0 turbo V8

17 city/22 hwy

The V90 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 X6 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Volvo V90 higher (6 out of 10) than the BMW X6 (3). This means the V90 produces up to 23.4 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the X6 every 15,000 miles.

Tires and Wheels

The V90’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the X6’s standard 50 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the V90’s turning circle is 3.3 feet tighter than the X6’s (38.7 feet vs. 42 feet).

Chassis

The Volvo V90 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 650 to 900 pounds less than the BMW X6.

The V90 is 8.9 inches shorter in height than the X6, making the V90 much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

The design of the Volvo V90 amounts to more than styling. The V90 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .31 Cd. That is lower than the X6 (.34 to .35) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the V90 get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

The V90 has 1.9 inches more front legroom and .3 inches more rear legroom than the X6.

Cargo Capacity

Pressing a switch automatically lowers or raises the V90’s rear seats, to make changing between cargo and passengers easier. The X6 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Ergonomics

The V90 has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The X6 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the V90 has a standard rear wiper. The X6 doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

The V90 offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The X6 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the V90 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the V90 will cost $505 to $4255 less than the X6 over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Volvo V90 will be $8088 to $15837 less than for the BMW X6.

Recommendations

The V90 was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2018. The X6 has never been an “All Star.”

The Volvo 90 Series outsold the BMW X6 by 41% during 2018.

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