2020 GMC Terrain vs. 2019 Volvo XC60

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the GMC Terrain’s rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Volvo XC60 doesn’t offer comfort guides on its rear seat belts.

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Terrain are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The XC60 doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

Both the Terrain and the XC60 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, 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, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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GMC’s powertrain warranty covers the Terrain 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Volvo covers the XC60. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the XC60 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 6 times as many GMC dealers as there are Volvo dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Terrain’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 GMC vehicles are better in initial quality than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks GMC 12th in initial quality. With 20 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 GMC vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks GMC 22nd in reliability. With 43 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 29th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that GMC vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks GMC 4 places higher in reliability than Volvo.

Engine

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As tested in Consumer Reports the GMC Terrain 2.0 turbo 4-cyl. is faster than the XC60 T5 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.:

Terrain

XC60

Zero to 30 MPH

2.8 sec

3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.2 sec

8 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.7 sec

5.5 sec

Quarter Mile

15.6 sec

16.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93 MPH

90 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the GMC Terrain uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended with the 2.0 turbo 4-cyl. engine for maximum performance). The XC60 T5 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Transmission

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A nine-speed automatic is standard on the GMC Terrain, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the XC60.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Terrain stops shorter than the XC60:

Terrain

XC60

60 to 0 MPH

130 feet

131 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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The Terrain has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The XC60 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

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The front and rear suspension of the Terrain uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the XC60, 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.

Chassis

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The GMC Terrain may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 450 pounds less than the Volvo XC60.

The front grille of the Terrain uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The XC60 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Terrain uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The XC60 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Terrain has 2 inches more front headroom, .5 inches more rear headroom and 1.7 inches more rear legroom than the XC60.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Terrain’s rear seats recline. The XC60’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The Terrain has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the XC60 with its rear seat folded (63.3 vs. 50.6 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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The Terrain (except SL/SLE)’s optional easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The XC60 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Terrain’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The XC60 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Terrain’s front and rear power windows all lower with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The XC60’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open them fully.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Terrain has standard extendable sun visors. The XC60 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the GMC Terrain Denali has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The XC60 doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

The Terrain (except SL) 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 XC60 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Terrain is less expensive to operate than the XC60 because typical repairs cost less on the Terrain than the XC60, including $19 less for a water pump, $162 less for a starter, $128 less for a fuel pump and $113 less for front struts.

Recommendations

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The GMC Terrain outsold the Volvo XC60 by over three to one during 2018.

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