Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 BMW X5 VS 2017 Volvo XC60 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2017 BMW X5

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2017 Volvo XC60

Safety Comparison

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When descending a steep, off-road slope, the X5 xDrive’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The XC60 doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

A passive infrared night vision system optional on the X5 helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The XC60 doesn’t offer a night vision system.

Both the X5 and the XC60 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rear parking sensors, available all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and driver alert monitors.

The BMW X5 weighs 450 to 1136 pounds more than the Volvo XC60. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the BMW X5 is safer than the Volvo XC60:

 

X5

XC60

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Leg Forces (l/r)

195/471 lbs.

390/661 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

29.7%

36%

Neck Compression

23 lbs.

93 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the BMW X5 is safer than the Volvo XC60:

 

X5

XC60

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

54

60

Chest Movement

.5 inches

.8 inches

Abdominal Force

143 G’s

167 G’s

Hip Force

202 lbs.

345 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

71

232

Spine Acceleration

42 G’s

43 G’s

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

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There are over 14 percent more BMW dealers than there are Volvo dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the X5’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the X5 has a standard 210-amp alternator. The XC60’s 180-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

The battery on the X5 is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the X5’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The XC60’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the X5 first among midsize premium SUVs in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The XC60 isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 58 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 30th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 14th in reliability, above the industry average. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 16th.

Engine Comparison

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The X5 s/xDrive35i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 60 more horsepower (300 vs. 240) and 42 lbs.-ft. more torque (300 vs. 258) than the XC60 T5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The X5 s/xDrive35i’s 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 5 lbs.-ft. more torque (300 vs. 295) than the XC60 T6’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The X5 xDrive50i’s standard 4.4 turbo V8 produces 143 more horsepower (445 vs. 302) and 185 lbs.-ft. more torque (480 vs. 295) than the XC60 T6’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

The X5’s 3.0 turbo diesel produces 15 more horsepower (255 vs. 240) and 155 lbs.-ft. more torque (413 vs. 258) than the XC60 T5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The X5’s 3.0 turbo diesel produces 118 lbs.-ft. more torque (413 vs. 295) than the XC60 T6’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the BMW X5 is faster than the XC60 T6:

 

X5 s/xDrive35i

X5 xDrive50i

XC60

Zero to 60 MPH

5.9 sec

4.3 sec

6.3 sec

Quarter Mile

14.5 sec

12.8 sec

14.8 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the X5 xDrive35d gets better fuel mileage than the XC60 T5 AWD (23 city/29 hwy vs. 20 city/29 hwy).

The X5 has 3.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the XC60 (22.4 vs. 18.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the X5’s brake rotors are larger than those on the XC60:

 

X5

X5 xDrive50i

XC60

Front Rotors

13.1 inches

15.2 inches

12.9 inches

Rear Rotors

12.6 inches

13.6 inches

11.9 inches

The X5’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the XC60 are solid, not vented.

The X5 stops shorter than the XC60:

 

X5

XC60

 

60 to 0 MPH

110 feet

117 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the X5 has larger standard tires than the XC60 (255/50R19 vs. 235/60R18). The X5’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the XC60 (F:275/40R20 & R:315/35R20 vs. 255/45R20).

The X5’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the XC60’s standard 60 series tires. The X5’s optional 275/40R20 front and 315/35R20 rear tires have a lower 40 series front and 35 series rear profile than the XC60’s optional 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the X5 has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the XC60.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the X5 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The XC60 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The X5 has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The XC60’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The X5 offers an available adjustable active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Volvo doesn’t offer an active suspension on the XC60.

The X5 offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The XC60’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The X5 has a standard automatic rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The XC60 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

The X5 has vehicle speed-sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The XC60 doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the X5’s wheelbase is 6.3 inches longer than on the XC60 (115.5 inches vs. 109.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the X5 is .3 inches wider in the front and 2.4 inches wider in the rear than on the XC60.

The X5 xDrive35d xDrive handles at .82 G’s, while the XC60 T6 pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The X5 xDrive50i xDrive executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the XC60 T6 (26.3 seconds @ .72 average G’s vs. 27.3 seconds @ .64 average G’s).

Passenger Space Comparison

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The X5 offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the XC60 can only carry 5.

The X5 has 36.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the XC60 (131.2 vs. 95).

The X5 has 2.5 inches more front headroom, 3.8 inches more front shoulder room, .7 inches more rear headroom, .2 inches more rear legroom and 3.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the XC60.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the X5’s available middle row seats recline. The XC60’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The X5’s cargo area provides more volume than the XC60.

 

X5

XC60

Third Seat Removed

35.8 cubic feet

30.8 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

76.7 cubic feet

67.4 cubic feet

The X5’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the tailgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The XC60’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The X5’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The XC60 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The X5 offers an optional heads-up display which projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The XC60 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The X5’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The XC60’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

If the windows are left down on the X5 the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the XC60 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the X5 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. Heated windshield washer nozzles cost extra on the XC60.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the X5 has standard extendable sun visors. The XC60 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the X5 keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The XC60 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The X5’s optional Parking Assistant can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The XC60 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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Insurance will cost less for the X5 owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the X5 with a number “3” insurance rate while the XC60 is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the X5 is less expensive to operate than the XC60 because typical repairs cost much less on the X5 than the XC60, including $213 less for a fuel pump.

Recommendations Comparison

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the X5 second among midsize premium SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The XC60 isn’t in the top three in its category.

Strategic Vision rates overall owner satisfaction with vehicle quality. With a Total Quality Index of 885, Strategic Vision rated the BMW X5 5 points higher than the Volvo XC60 for 2015. The X5 is ranked first in its class and received the 2015 “Total Quality Award.”

The BMW X5 outsold the Volvo XC60 by 41% during the 2016 model year.

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