Both the X1 and the XC40 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, rear parking sensors and driver alert monitors.
For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the X1 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 144 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The XC40 has not been tested, yet.
There are over 15 percent more BMW dealers than there are Volvo dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the X1’s warranty.
J.D. Power and Associates rated the X1 second among small premium suvs in their 2017 Initial Quality Study. The XC40 isn’t in the top three in its category.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 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 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 46 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 30th, below the industry average.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 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 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 35 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 22nd.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks BMW 11 places higher in reliability than Volvo.
The X1’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 44 more horsepower (228 vs. 184) than the XC40 T4’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.
Regenerative brakes improve the X1’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The XC40 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.
The X1 has 1.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the XC40 (16.1 vs. 14.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
The X1’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the XC40 are solid, not vented.
The X1’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 XC40’s standard 55 series tires.
Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the X1 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The XC40 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.
The X1 has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The XC40’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.
The design of the BMW X1 amounts to more than styling. The X1 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .32 Cd. That is lower than the XC40 (.34) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the X1 get better fuel mileage.
The X1 has 2.9 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more rear headroom and .9 inches more rear legroom than the XC40.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the X1’s available rear seats recline. The XC40’s rear seats don’t recline.
The X1 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the XC40 with its rear seat up (27.1 vs. 20.7 cubic feet). The X1 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the XC40 with its rear seat folded (58.7 vs. 47.2 cubic feet).
The X1 offers an optional heads-up display that 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 XC40 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.
The X1’s front and rear power windows all lower with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The XC40’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open them fully.
The X1 has a standard dual zone air-conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air-conditioning costs extra on the XC40.
Consumer Reports® recommends the BMW X1, based on reliability, safety and performance.
The X1 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 2 of the last 2 years. The XC40 has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.