Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 Volvo XC60 VS 2015 BMW X5 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2015 Volvo XC60

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2015 BMW X5

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Volvo XC60 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 X5 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Volvo XC60 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 X5 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The Volvo XC60 offers optional built in child booster seats. They’re more crash worthy than an added child seat because of their direct attachment to the seat. BMW doesn’t offer the convenience and security of a built-in child booster seat in the X5. Their owners must carry a heavy booster seat in and out of the vehicle; XC60 owners can just fold their built-in child seat up or down.

To help make backing safer, the XC60’s optional 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 X5 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the XC60 and the X5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and its standard front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the XC60 its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2015, a rating granted to only 47 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The X5 has not been fully tested, yet.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Volvo XC60 uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended on XC60 T5 for maximum performance). The X5 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The XC60 stops shorter than the X5:



60 to 0 MPH

132 feet

137 feet

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60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

140 feet

142 feet

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Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better maneuverability, the XC60’s turning circle is 3.3 feet tighter than the X5’s (38.4 feet vs. 41.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the XC60 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the X5 (9.1 vs. 8.2 inches), allowing the XC60 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The Volvo XC60 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 650 to 850 pounds less than the BMW X5.

The XC60 is 10.4 inches shorter than the X5, making the XC60 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The XC60 has .8 inches more front legroom and .7 inches more rear headroom than the X5.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The XC60 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the X5 with its rear seat up (30.8 vs. 22.9 cubic feet). The XC60 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the X5 with its rear seat folded (67.4 vs. 66 cubic feet).

The XC60’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The X5’s tailgate’s top part raises up, but the bottom part lowers, getting in the way of loading and making an uneven surface for sliding cargo.

Ergonomics Comparison

The XC60 offers a 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 X5 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the XC60 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the XC60 will cost $3715 to $5090 less than the X5 over a five-year period.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Volvo XC60 will be $15639 to $24635 less than for the BMW X5.

Recommendations Comparison

The Volvo XC60 has won recognition from these important consumer publications:



Consumer Reports® Recommends



Car Book “Best Bet”



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