2021 Volvo V60 vs. 2020 BMW X4

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Volvo V60 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 X4 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Volvo V60 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 X4 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the V60 and X4 have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The V60 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 X4’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.

Both the V60 and the X4 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, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, driver alert monitors and available around view monitors.

Engine

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The V60 T8 Polestar’s standard 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder hybrid produces 60 more horsepower (415 vs. 355) and 129 lbs.-ft. more torque (494 vs. 365) than the X4 M40i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the V60 Recharge running on electricity running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the X4:

MPGe

V60

AWD

Electric Motor

70 city/68 hwy

X4

MPG

AWD

xDrive30i 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/28 hwy

M40i 3.0 turbo 6-cyl.

21 city/27 hwy

On the EPA test cycle the V60 running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the X4:

MPG

V60

FWD

T5 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/34 hwy

AWD

T8 2.0 turbo/SC 4-cyl. Hybrid

28 city/33 hwy

X4

AWD

xDrive30i 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/28 hwy

M40i 3.0 turbo 6-cyl.

21 city/27 hwy

The V60 T8 Polestar can drive on battery power alone for up to 22 miles. The X4 must run its internal combustion engine to move.

The V60 has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The X4 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the V60 T8’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the X4:

V60 T8

X4 xDrive30i

X4 M40i

Front Rotors

14.6 inches

13 inches

13.7 inches

Tires and Wheels

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The V60’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the X4’s standard 50 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the V60’s turning circle is 2.9 feet tighter than the X4’s (37.1 feet vs. 40 feet).

Chassis

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The V60 is 7.6 inches shorter in height than the X4, making the V60 much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

Passenger Space

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The V60 has 1.6 inches more front legroom and .9 inches more rear headroom than the X4.

Cargo Capacity

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The V60 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the X4 with its rear seat up (23.2 vs. 18.5 cubic feet). The V60 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the X4 with its rear seat folded (50.9 vs. 50.5 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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The V60 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 X4 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the V60 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The X4 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the V60 has a standard rear wiper. The X4 doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

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 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The X4 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The V60 Inscription offers optional massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the X4.

Model Availability

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The V60 is available in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. The X4 doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

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The Volvo 60 Series outsold the BMW X4 by over two to one during 2019.

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