2019 Volvo XC60 vs. 2018 BMW X2

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Volvo XC60 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 X2 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The XC60’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The X2 doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Volvo XC60 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 X2 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the XC60 and X2 have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The XC60 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 X2’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 XC60 has a standard Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS), which use a specially designed seat to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the WHIPS allows the backrest to travel backwards to cushion the occupants and the headrests move forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. At the same time the pretensioning seatbelts fire, removing slack from the belts. The X2 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The XC60 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 X2 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.

The XC60 offers an optional 360-Degree Surround View Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The X2 only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

The XC60’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The X2 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the XC60 and the X2 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the XC60 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 85 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The X2 has not been tested, yet.

Engine

The XC60 T5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 22 more horsepower (250 vs. 228) than the X2’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The XC60 T6’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 88 more horsepower (316 vs. 228) and 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 258) than the X2’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The XC60 T8’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid produces 172 more horsepower (400 vs. 228) and 214 lbs.-ft. more torque (472 vs. 258) than the X2’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the XC60 T5 is faster than the BMW X2:

 

XC60

X2

Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

6.3 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

14.9 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the XC60 T8 running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the X2 xDrive (59 city/57 hwy MPGe vs. 21 city/31 hwy).

The XC60 T8 can drive on battery power alone for up to 17 miles. The X2 must run its internal combustion engine to move.

The XC60 T8 Plug-In Hybrid’s standard fuel tank has 2.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the X2 (18.5 vs. 16.1 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The XC60’s standard fuel tank has 2.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the X2 (18.8 vs. 16.1 gallons).

The XC60 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 X2 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the XC60 T6/T8’s brake rotors are larger than those on the X2:

 

XC60 T6/T8

X2

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

13 inches

Rear Rotors

12.6 inches

11.8 inches

The XC60 stops much shorter than the X2:

 

XC60

X2

 

60 to 0 MPH

124 feet

134 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

129 feet

141 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the XC60 has larger standard tires than the X2 (235/60R18 vs. 225/50R18). The XC60’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the X2 (255/45R20 vs. 225/50R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XC60 R-Design offers optional 21-inch wheels. The X2’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling

The XC60 offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The X2’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The XC60 T6/T8 has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The XC60’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The X2 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the XC60’s wheelbase is 7.7 inches longer than on the X2 (112.8 inches vs. 105.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the XC60 is 3.7 inches wider in the front and 3.9 inches wider in the rear than the track on the X2.

Passenger Space

The XC60 has 8.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the X2 (103 vs. 94.1).

The XC60 has 1.2 inches more front legroom, 2.6 inches more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear headroom, 1.3 inches more rear legroom and 2.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the X2.

Cargo Capacity

The XC60 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the X2 with its rear seat up (30.2 vs. 21.6 cubic feet). The XC60 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the X2 with its rear seat folded (50.6 vs. 50.1 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the XC60 easier. The XC60’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 26 inches, while the X2’s liftover is 30.6 inches.

The XC60’s cargo area is larger than the X2’s in almost every dimension:

 

XC60

X2

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

37.8”/68.7”

30.6”/63”

Max Width

43.5”

48”

Min Width

43.5”

39.6”

Height

30.6”

28”

Towing

The XC60 has a 3500 lbs. towing capacity. The X2 has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

The XC60 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 X2 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the X2, the XC60 R-Design/Inscription has a passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the XC60 has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the X2 only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The XC60 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The X2 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The X2’s cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The XC60’s optional adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

Both the XC60 and the X2 offer optional heated front seats. The XC60 Inscription also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the X2.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the XC60 Inscription keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The X2 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The XC60’s optional Park Assist Pilot can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The X2 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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