2020 BMW X1 vs. 2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country

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Safety

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Both the X1 and the V60 Cross Country have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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 and driver alert monitors.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, its standard front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the X1 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 120 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The V60 Cross Country has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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There are over 15 percent more BMW dealers than there are Volvo dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the X1’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 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 20th in initial quality. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 28th.

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 2019 Auto Issue reports that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks BMW 7 places higher in reliability than Volvo.

Engine

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As tested in Motor Trend the BMW X1 is faster than the Volvo V60 Cross Country:

X1

V60 Cross Country

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

8 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

16.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

90.5 MPH

86.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the X1 xDrive28i xDrive gets better fuel mileage than the V60 Cross Country T5 (23 city/31 hwy vs. 22 city/31 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the X1’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the BMW X1 higher (7 out of 10) than the Volvo V60 Cross Country (5 to 7). This means the X1 produces up to 8 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the V60 Cross Country every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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The X1’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 V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the X1’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the V60 Cross Country:

X1

V60 Cross Country

Front Rotors

13 inches

12.7 inches

The X1 stops much shorter than the V60 Cross Country:

X1

V60 Cross Country

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

132 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the X1 has larger tires than the V60 Cross Country (225/50R18 vs. 215/50R18).

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the X1 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The X1 has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The V60 Cross Country’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The front and rear suspension of the X1 uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the V60 Cross Country, which uses transverse leafs springs in the rear. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

The X1 xDrive28i handles at .85 G’s, while the V60 Cross Country pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The X1 xDrive28i executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the V60 Cross Country (26.8 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 27.2 seconds @ .67 average G’s).

Chassis

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The BMW X1 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 450 pounds less than the Volvo V60 Cross Country.

The X1 is 1 foot shorter than the V60 Cross Country, making the X1 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The X1 has 7.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the V60 Cross Country (101.2 vs. 94).

The X1 has 4.5 inches more front headroom, 1.3 inches more rear headroom, 1.8 inches more rear legroom and .7 inches more rear shoulder room than the V60 Cross Country.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the X1’s available rear seats recline. The V60 Cross Country’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The X1 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the V60 Cross Country with its rear seat up (27.1 vs. 23.2 cubic feet). The X1 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the V60 Cross Country with its rear seat folded (58.7 vs. 50.9 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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To shield the driver’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side window, the X1 has a standard extendable sun visor. The V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer extendable visors.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the BMW X1 offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Model Availability

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The X1 is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the BMW X1, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The X1 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 3 of the last 4 years. The V60 Cross Country has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

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