2021 BMW X2 vs. 2020 Volvo XC40

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Safety

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Both the X2 and the XC40 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, 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.

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 XC40 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’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 41 more horsepower (228 vs. 187) and 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 221) than the XC40 T4’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The X2 M35i’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 53 more horsepower (301 vs. 248) and 73 lbs.-ft. more torque (331 vs. 258) than the XC40 T5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Motor Trend the BMW X2 is faster than the XC40 T5:

X2

X2 M35i

XC40

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

4.6 sec

8.2 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

13.3 sec

16.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92.9 MPH

105 MPH

84.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the X2 xDrive28i xDrive with its standard turbo 4 cyl. gets better fuel mileage than the XC40 T5 AWD 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. (248 HP) (24 city/31 hwy vs. 22 city/30 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the X2’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The XC40 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The X2 has 1.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the XC40 (16.1 vs. 14.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

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 XC40 doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the X2 M35i’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the XC40:

X2 M35i

XC40

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

13.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

11.9 inches

The X2’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the XC40 are solid, not vented.

The X2 stops much shorter than the XC40:

X2

XC40

70 to 0 MPH

162 feet

175 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

111 feet

125 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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The X2’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the XC40’s standard 55 series tires. The X2 M35i’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the XC40’s optional 45 series tires.

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 XC40 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 XC40’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The X2 xDrive28i handles at .91 G’s, while the XC40 T5 R-Design AWD pulls only .85 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The X2 sDrive28i xDrive executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.2 seconds quicker than the XC40 T5 R-Design AWD (25.9 seconds @ .68 average G’s vs. 28.1 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

Chassis

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As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the X2 xDrive28i is quieter than the XC40 T5 R-Design AWD:

X2

XC40

At idle

37 dB

43 dB

Full-Throttle

72 dB

74 dB

70 MPH Cruising

67 dB

71 dB

Passenger Space

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The X2 has .2 inches more front headroom and .6 inches more rear legroom than the XC40.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the X2’s rear seats recline. The XC40’s rear seats don’t recline.

The front step up height for the X2 is 1.1 inches lower than the XC40 (16.6” vs. 17.7”). The X2’s rear step up height is 1.2 inches lower than the XC40’s (17” vs. 18.2”).

Cargo Capacity

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The X2 has a larger cargo volume than the XC40 with its rear seat up (21.6 vs. 20.7 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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The X2 offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The XC40 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The X2 has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the XC40.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the BMW X2 and the Volvo XC40, based on reliability, safety and performance.

Consumer Reports performed a comparison test in its August 2018 issue and they ranked the BMW X2 sDrive28i xDrive first. They ranked the Volvo XC40 T5 Momentum AWD third.

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