2021 Volvo V60 Cross Country vs. 2021 BMW X2

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Volvo V60 Cross Country 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 X2 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The V60 Cross Country’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The X2 doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Volvo V60 Cross Country 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 X2 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the V60 Cross Country and X2 have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The V60 Cross Country 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 X2’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 V60 Cross Country has a standard Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS), which use a specially designed seat to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the WHIPS allows the backrest to travel backwards to cushion the occupants and the headrests move forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. At the same time the pretensioning seatbelts fire, removing slack from the belts. The X2 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The V60 Cross Country 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 X2 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 provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the V60 Cross Country. But it costs extra on the X2.

The V60 Cross Country offers an optional 360° Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The X2 only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

The V60 Cross Country’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The X2 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the V60 Cross Country and the X2 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems and rearview cameras.

Reliability

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the V60 Cross Country has a standard 210-amp alternator. The X2’s 150-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

Engine

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The V60 Cross Country’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 22 more horsepower (250 vs. 228) than the X2’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the V60 Cross Country’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the X2 (235/45R19 vs. 225/50R18).

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the V60 Cross Country’s wheelbase is 8.1 inches longer than on the X2 (113.2 inches vs. 105.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the V60 Cross Country is 3.2 inches wider in the front and 2.5 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the X2.

The V60 Cross Country’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (55% to 45%) than the X2’s (57.2% to 42.8%). This gives the V60 Cross Country more stable handling and braking.

For greater off-road capability the V60 Cross Country has a 1.1 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the X2 (8.3 vs. 7.2 inches), allowing the V60 Cross Country to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

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The V60 Cross Country has 2 inches more front legroom, .5 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear headroom and .6 inches more rear shoulder room than the X2.

Cargo Capacity

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The V60 Cross Country has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the X2 with its rear seat up (23.2 vs. 21.6 cubic feet). The V60 Cross Country has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the X2 with its rear seat folded (50.9 vs. 50.1 cubic feet).

The V60 Cross Country’s cargo area is larger than the X2’s in every dimension:

V60 Cross Country

X2

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

40.7”/71.7”

30.6”/63”

Min Width

40.9”

39.6”

Towing

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The V60 Cross Country has a 2000 lbs. towing capacity. The X2 has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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The V60 Cross Country 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 X2 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the X2, the V60 Cross Country offers an optional passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the V60 Cross Country to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The X2 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The V60 Cross Country has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The X2 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The X2’s cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The V60 Cross Country’s standard adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

The V60 Cross Country has standard heated front seats. Heated front seats cost extra on the X2. The V60 Cross Country also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the X2.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the V60 Cross Country keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The X2 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The V60 Cross Country offers optional massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the X2.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the V60 Cross Country owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the V60 Cross Country will cost $350 to $1575 less than the X2 over a five-year period.

Recommendations

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The Volvo 60 Series outsold the BMW X2 by 79% during 2019.

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