2021 Volvo XC90 vs 2021 BMW X5 Comparison in Torrance, CA

When searching for the right new luxury SUV, you're faced with some of today's most advanced engineering from the world's most prestigious automotive brands. Among them, Volvo continues to define just how safe a luxury vehicle can be while BMW continues to lure driving enthusiasts with outstanding performance. So, which of these brands offer the best midsize SUV? Below, we look at some of the more significant features and specs that separate the 2021 Volvo XC90 and BMW X5.

Interior view of seats in 2021 Volvo XC90

2021 Volvo XC90 vs BMW X5: Comfort & Versatility

With virtually the same wheelbase, you may be surprised to find that the new 2021 Volvo XC90 has an additional row of seats that the new BMW X5 lacks. That means you'll find a comfortable space for up to seven passengers inside every new Volvo X90, which is a three-row luxury SUV. The BMW X5 is a larger two-row luxury SUV that starts out with a much higher price tag. If you'd like to spend even more money, you can upgrade it to include a third row of seats for a total capacity of seven passengers. However, it's only in the Volvo XC90 that you'll have the option of second-row captain's chairs to comfortably seat up to six adults. Then, consider the cargo capacities for both models. Fold the rear seats down in the Volvo XC90 for an accommodating 85.7 cubic feet of maximum cargo space compared to 72.3 cubic feet in the back of the BMW X5. And space is only the beginning.

We thought that the higher starting MSRP would almost certainly mean that you'd get more features, comfort, and value inside. So, we were surprised to see standard features on the Volvo XC90 like wireless smartphone charging, power folding rear headrests, and a more powerful audio system. The rival SUV from BMW charges extra for these features as options.

Dash-mounted tweeter speaker in Volvo XC90

2021 Volvo XC90 vs BMW X5: Convenience & Connectivity

It's no surprise that these luxury SUVs come equipped with a host of advanced technology that not only helps keep you focused on the road without distraction, but also keeps you connected. Smartphone apps keep you connected to your vehicle when you're away from it with features like remote start and even the ability to lock and unlock the doors from your phone. Both models also come with a 12.3" digital driver display where you might expect to see a traditional gauge cluster, and they both provide touchscreen interfaces in the center stack. Perhaps the most important difference in this area is that the 2021 BMW X5 starts out with a significantly higher price tag without providing any convenience or connectivity advantages.

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2021 Volvo XC90 vs BMW X5: Performance

This is likely where the folks over at the BMW dealership will want to brag, and at first glance, we see why. The BMW X5 provides substantially more horsepower at the start of the lineup. However, for nearly the same price as an entry-level BMW X5, you can get an upgraded Volvo XC90 T8 model with an engine that is both turbo and supercharged which works with an additional electric motor for a combined 400 horsepower. That means nearly 70 more horsepower than the similarly-priced entry-level BMW X5. The new Volvo XC90 T8 models also come standard with all-wheel drive and a 0-60 MPH time of just 5.3 seconds. And with a similar price tag as the front-wheel drive entry-level BMW X5, the new Volvo XC90 T8 models provide a range of advantages in terms of features and comforts. Come see us to learn more at Volvo Cars South Bay in Torrance, CA.

Silver 2021 Volvo XC90 parked near ocean

2021 Volvo XC90 vs BMW X5: Safety

For generations Volvo has remained synonymous with safety. This is a brand originally conceived because no other automotive brands, including BMW, were making vehicles tough enough for the rugged Scandinavian countryside. Volvo was among the first in the business to carry out their own crash testing and it was Volvo that brought the three-point seatbelt to the world. Today, this heritage of leading safety continues, and this is clear when comparing the latest Volvo XC90 to the newest BMW X5. Let's start by looking at some seeming little things that make a big difference when you need them. Features like an auto-dimming passenger side mirror, pyrotechnical seatbelt pretensioners, and ISOFIX child seat accommodations all come standard on every new Volvo XC90. These are among the features that you simply won't find in a new BMW X5, but they're only the beginning of the story. Come see us for a test drive and learn more about why Volvo continues to be the last word for defining automotive safety today.

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Which Luxury Is Best For Your Family? 2021 Volvo XC90 vs BMW X5

At the start of the lineup, there's no question that the latest Volvo XC90 provides substantially more for your money. At the entry level, nearly $10k separate the MSRP between these two models, but the more affordable Volvo XC90 provides a third-row of seats, more cargo capacity, and far better fuel economy. For those looking for more, the Volvo XC90 is available with more power and features for nearly the same price as a base BMW X5 model. Throughout the luxury SUV segments, it's not often that you find such a clear distinction with all the advantages going to one model. We invite you to learn more at our Volvo dealership in Torrance, CA where we provide a level of customer service worthy of the Volvo badge.

2021 Volvo XC90 2021 BMW X5
$49,645Starting MSRP*$59,400
85.7 Cubic FeetCargo Capacity72.3 Cubic Feet
Up To 7 PassengersSeating CapacityUp to 5 Passengers
30 Highway - 21 CityFuel Economy (MPG)26 Highway - 21 City
12.3-InchDigital Driver Display12.3-Inch
StandardWireless Smartphone ChargingAvailable Upgrade
StandardAdjustable Power SteeringNot Available
StandardAuto-Dimming Passenger Side MirrorNot Available
StandardPower Folding Rear HeadrestsNot Available
StandardPower Rear Side Door Child LocksNot Available

*As a model year progresses, changes may occur in some of the specs, features, options and pricing. The manufacturer reserves the right to make such changes. Prices listed are Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). Options may vary by region. See your Authorized Volvo Dealer for details.