Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Volvo XC90 VS 2015 BMW X5 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 Volvo XC90

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2015 BMW X5

Safety Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Volvo XC90 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 middle seat belts.

The XC90’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The X5 doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Volvo XC90 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 XC90 offers an optional built in child booster seat. It’s more crash worthy than an added child seat because of its 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; XC90 owners can just fold their built-in child seat up or down.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the XC90. But it costs extra on the X5.

To help make backing safer, the XC90’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 XC90 and the X5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Engine Comparison

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The XC90’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 16 more horsepower (316 vs. 300) than the X5 s/xDrive35i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Volvo XC90 uses regular unleaded gasoline. The X5 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the XC90’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the X5:

XC90

X5

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

13.1 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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The XC90’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the X5’s optional 40 series front tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XC90 has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the X5. The XC90’s optional 22-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels optional on the X5.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the XC90’s wheelbase is 2 inches longer than on the X5 (117.5 inches vs. 115.5 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the XC90 is 1.1 inches wider in the front and .8 inches wider in the rear than the track on the X5.

For better maneuverability, the XC90’s turning circle is 2.7 feet tighter than the X5’s (39 feet vs. 41.7 feet). The XC90’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the X5’s (39.7 feet vs. 41.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the XC90 has a 1.2 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the X5 (9.4 vs. 8.2 inches), allowing the XC90 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The XC90 w/Air Suspension’s minimum ground clearance is 2.3 inches higher than on the X5 (10.5 vs. 8.2 inches).

Chassis Comparison

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The Volvo XC90 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 750 pounds less than the BMW X5.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The XC90 has .5 inches more front legroom and .4 inches more rear legroom than the X5.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The XC90’s cargo area provides more volume than the X5.

XC90

X5

Second Seat Folded

85.7 cubic feet

66 cubic feet

Pressing a switch automatically lowers or raises the XC90’s optional third row seats, to make changing between cargo and passengers easier. The X5 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

The XC90’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.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the XC90’s cargo door can be opened and closed just by waving your foot, leaving your hands completely free. The X5 doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The XC90 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 X5 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The XC90 has a standard center folding armrest for the third row rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The X5 doesn’t offer a third row rear seat center armrest.

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