2016 Volvo XC90 vs BMW X5 Comparison

2016 Volvo XC90
2016 BMW X5

2016 Volvo XC90

Base Engine:

2.0 L Inline 4

Horsepower:

240 hp @ 5600 rpm

Torque:

258 ft-lbs. @ 1500 rpm

Heated/Cooled seats:

Standard

Maximum towing capacity:

3500 lbs.

2016 BMW X5

Base Engine:

2.5 L Flat 4

Horsepower:

175 hp @ 5800 rpm

Torque:

174 ft-lbs. @ 4000 rpm

Heated/Cooled seats:

Available on other styles

Maximum towing capacity:

2700 lbs.

2016 Volvo XC90 vs BMW X5

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A car is more than just a car, it is a reflection of your taste and style - it is a reflection of you. If you have a refined sense of style, you are naturally drawn to luxury cars. There are times when you want your vehicle to be luxurious, yet you need to be able to transport more than 4 or 5 people. In that case, there's only one type of vehicle for you, and that is the luxury SUV.

However, when it comes to luxury SUVs, there are many players in the market. Some auto companies focus all their attention on luxury while neglecting other key features. Some market performance while neglecting safety. Some do alright in some key areas, like the BMW X5, but Volvo has focused on everything for the 2016 XC90, and it really shows. The XC90 is a step above the rest in the luxury SUV department, so let's find out why.

All Wheel Drive

Volvo's primary concern has always been safety, so it's no surprise that all wheel drive is standard on all XC90s. All wheel drive doesn't come standard on the X5, so you'll end up paying an extra $2,300 to upgrade to the next model that does. For Volvo, safety really isn't an option - it's Volvo's primary concern. Other car companies have different primary goals. If your primary goal is to have a safe luxury SUV, Volvo's a pretty good choice, and their standard all-wheel drive proves their commitment to safety.

Performance

If you want a luxury SUV, power is a must. Volvo knows this and packed a whopping 316 horsepower into their in-line 4-cylinder, supercharged & turbocharged engine. BMW put 300 horsepower into their in-line 6 cylinder. Volvo's ingenuity has certainly shone through in this area. How they managed to put that much power into a four cylinder, maintain 20/25 MPG, and have AWD included is really pretty amazing. While BMW averages around the same MPG, they do so with a bigger, heavier engine and no AWD.

Safety

Between the Volvo XC90 and the BMW X5, which vehicle do you think received the IIHS Top Safety Pick + award? I'll give you a hint - the same car company that invented and standardized the modern seat belt. Volvo is and has been obsessed with safety, and receiving the highest award from the IIHS only proves this. BMW did score well in this category, but when it comes to the safety of your family, do you want well, or do you want the best? Safety is not something to take lightly, and Volvo has once again proven that safety is priority number one.


If you're looking for any luxury SUV, there are plenty of cars to choose from as virtually every car maker has at least one. If you want the safest luxury SUV around, there's only one choice: the Volvo XC90. With standard AWD and a proven commitment to safety in addition to ingenious engineering, the 2016 Volvo XC90 is the only choice. Still not convinced? Stop by Capital Volvo and take the XC90 for a test drive. Let the sales associate show you why Volvo really is 'for life.'

* EPA estimated MPG may vary by transmission, trim and individual driving behavior.

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