2021 BMW X2 vs. 2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country

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Safety

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Both the X2 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, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

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 X2 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 132 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The V60 Cross Country has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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There are over 23 percent more BMW dealers than there are Volvo dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the X2’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the X2 third among small premium suvs in their 2020 Initial Quality Study. The V60 Cross Country isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2020 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 18th in initial quality. With 34 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 31st.

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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The X2 M35i’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 51 more horsepower (301 vs. 250) and 73 lbs.-ft. more torque (331 vs. 258) than the V60 Cross Country’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Motor Trend the BMW X2 2.0 is faster than the Volvo V60 Cross Country:

X2

V60 Cross Country

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

8 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

16.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92.9 MPH

86.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the X2 xDrive28i xDrive with its standard engine gets better fuel mileage than the V60 Cross Country T5 (24 city/31 hwy vs. 22 city/31 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the X2’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Transmission

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The X2’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 X2’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the V60 Cross Country:

X2

X2 M35i

V60 Cross Country

Front Rotors

13 inches

14.2 inches

12.7 inches

Rear Rotors

11.8 inches

13 inches

11.9 inches

The X2 stops much shorter than the V60 Cross Country:

X2

V60 Cross Country

60 to 0 MPH

111 feet

132 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the X2 has larger tires than the V60 Cross Country (225/50R18 vs. 215/50R18).

The X2 M35i’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the V60 Cross Country’s optional 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the X2 M35i offers optional 20-inch wheels. The V60 Cross Country’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the X2 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 X2 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 X2 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 X2 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 V60 Cross Country’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The X2 sDrive28i xDrive handles at .92 G’s, while the V60 Cross Country pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The X2 sDrive28i xDrive executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the V60 Cross Country (25.9 seconds @ .68 average G’s vs. 27.2 seconds @ .67 average G’s).

Chassis

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The BMW X2 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 500 pounds less than the Volvo V60 Cross Country.

The X2 is 1 foot, 4.1 inches shorter than the V60 Cross Country, making the X2 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The X2 has 1.8 inches more front headroom and 1.5 inches more rear legroom than the V60 Cross Country.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the X2’s rear seats recline. The V60 Cross Country’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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Pressing a switch automatically lowers the X2’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Ergonomics

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To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the BMW X2 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 X2 is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

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The X2 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the X2 will retain 46.55% to 52.31% of its original price after five years, while the V60 Cross Country only retains 37.49%.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the BMW X2, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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