2019 Volvo XC60 vs. 2019 BMW X6

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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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 X6 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

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 X6 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the XC60 and X6 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 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 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 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 XC60’s optional 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 XC60 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, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

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 100 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The X6 has not been tested, yet.


As tested in Motor Trend the XC60 T8 is faster than the X6 s/xDrive35i:




Zero to 60 MPH

5.4 sec

5.8 sec

Quarter Mile

14 sec

14.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

97.1 MPH

95.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the XC60 T8 running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the X6 xDrive35i (59 city/57 hwy MPGe vs. 18 city/24 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the XC60 T8 running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the X6 xDrive35i (25 city/28 hwy vs. 18 city/24 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the XC60 gets better fuel mileage than the X6:








T5 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/29 hwy



T5 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

20 city/27 hwy



T6 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4 cyl.

19 city/27 hwy




3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

18 city/24 hwy



3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

18 city/24 hwy



4.4 turbo V8

17 city/22 hwy

The XC60 T8 can drive on battery power alone for up to 17 miles. The X6 must run its internal combustion engine to move.

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 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 XC60 higher (5 to 7 out of 10) than the BMW X6 (3). This means the XC60 produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the X6 every 15,000 miles.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the XC60’s turning circle is 4.6 feet tighter than the X6’s (37.4 feet vs. 42 feet).

For greater off-road capability the XC60 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the X6 (8.5 vs. 8.3 inches), allowing the XC60 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.


The Volvo XC60 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 700 to 1000 pounds less than the BMW X6.

The XC60 is 9.2 inches shorter than the X6, making the XC60 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Volvo XC60 amounts to more than styling. The XC60 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .32 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 XC60 get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

The XC60 has 1.2 inches more front legroom, .1 inches more rear headroom and 2.4 inches more rear legroom than the X6.

Cargo Capacity

The XC60 has a much larger cargo volume than the X6 with its rear seat up (30.2 vs. 26.6 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the XC60’s optional rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The X6 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.


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 X6 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the XC60 has a standard rear wiper. The X6 doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the XC60 is less expensive to operate than the X6 because it costs $198 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the XC60 than the X6, including $670 less for a water pump, $1130 less for a muffler, $56 less for front brake pads, $42 less for a starter, $217 less for front struts, $467 less for a timing belt/chain and $1812 less for a power steering pump.


The Volvo XC60 outsold the BMW X6 by almost five to one during 2018.

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