2021 Volvo V60 vs. 2021 BMW X1

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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 X1 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The V60’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The X1 doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

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 X1 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the V60 and X1 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 X1’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 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 X1 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The V60 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 X1 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.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The V60 Inscription has standard CTA Auto Brake that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The X1 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The V60 offers an optional 360° Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The X1 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’s blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The X1 doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the V60’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The X1 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the V60 and the X1 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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 and rearview cameras.

Reliability

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the V60 has a standard 210-amp alternator. The X1’s 150-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

Engine

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The V60 T5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 22 more horsepower (250 vs. 228) than the X1’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The V60 T8 Polestar’s standard 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder hybrid produces 187 more horsepower (415 vs. 228) and 236 lbs.-ft. more torque (494 vs. 258) than the X1’s 2.0 turbo 4-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 X1:

MPGe

V60

AWD

Electric Motor

70 city/68 hwy

X1

MPG

FWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

24 city/33 hwy

AWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/31 hwy

On the EPA test cycle the V60 running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the X1:

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

X1

FWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

24 city/33 hwy

AWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/31 hwy

The V60 T8 Polestar can drive on battery power alone for up to 22 miles. The X1 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 X1 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the V60 T8’s brake rotors are larger than those on the X1:

V60 T8

X1

Front Rotors

14.6 inches

13 inches

Rear Rotors

12.6 inches

11.8 inches

The V60 stops shorter than the X1:

V60

X1

70 to 0 MPH

177 feet

180 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

121 feet

122 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the V60 has larger tires than the X1 (235/45R18 vs. 225/50R18).

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 X1’s standard 50 series tires. The V60’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the X1’s optional 45 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The V60 offers an available set of manually adjustable shock absorbers. They allow the driver the manually set the shock absorbers to a stiff setting for amateur competitions and return them to lower levels for a comfortable ride on normal streets. This allows the driver to choose between a comfortable ride or excellent handling during competitions. The X1’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the V60’s wheelbase is 8 inches longer than on the X1 (113.1 inches vs. 105.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the V60 is 1.5 inches wider in the front and 1.4 inches wider in the rear than on the X1.

The V60 Momentum handles at .87 G’s, while the X1 xDrive28i pulls only .86 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Passenger Space

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The V60 has 1.9 inches more front legroom and .5 inches more front shoulder room than the X1.

Cargo Capacity

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A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the V60 easier. The V60’s trunk lift-over height is 26.7 inches, while the X1’s liftover is 28.5 inches.

The V60’s cargo area is larger than the X1’s in every dimension:

V60

X1

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

40.7”/71.7”

35.1”/69”

Min Width

40.9”

39.5”

Towing

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The V60 has a 2000 lbs. towing capacity. The X1 has no towing capacity.

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 X1 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 X1 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 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The X1 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The X1’s optional cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The V60’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.

Both the V60 and the X1 offer optional heated front seats. The V60 also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the X1.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the V60 Inscription keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The X1 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

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 X1.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the V60 is less expensive to operate than the X1 because typical repairs cost much less on the V60 than the X1, including $296 less for a water pump, $521 less for a muffler, $27 less for front brake pads, $264 less for a starter, $148 less for fuel injection, $201 less for front struts, $717 less for a timing belt/chain and $763 less for a power steering pump.

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The Volvo 60 Series outsold the BMW X1 by 13% during 2019.

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