2019 Volvo XC40 vs 2018 BMW X1
2019 Volvo XC40 2018 BMW X1
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2019 Volvo XC40 vs 2018 BMW X1

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Luxury SUVs are known to offer excellent rides with luxurious interiors, which cause them to be top-selling vehicles in the industry. The Volvo XC40 and the BMW X1 are rivals of one another due to their similar features and how well they perform on the highway. When you're ready to purchase a luxury SUV that is reliable and versatile, there are a few top features to review between both vehicles to determine which one will accommodate your driving habits.

Exterior Features

The 2019 Volvo XC40 is nothing short of striking with its black roof that creates a high contrast on the body of the SUV. A white roof is also offered on higher trims. The SUV stands out in its class for its youthful design that includes a tall and wide stance. Its ground clearance is better than the 2018 BMW X1, and the rear has a spunky design with L-shaped taillights and minimal styling. The wheels range in size from 18 to 21 inches, along with a unique front grille that is boxy and looks unique compared to similar luxury models.

The exterior styling is standard for a luxury SUV from the automaker. The split kidney grille and chrome detailing are to be expected and are underwhelming compared to the innovative styling of the XC40. The headlamps have also been redesigned with LED lights that improve visibility and accessorize the exterior beautifully.


When it comes to driving the new Volvo XC40, drivers will find that the car holds its own and offers a playful driving experience that is still stable. The vehicle remains controlled when driving over harsh surfaces, which will appeal to those who are looking for a calm ride. Enhanced agility is also one of the top selling points of the SUV with adjustable suspension available as an add-on. With a T4 version of the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the car can generate 184 horsepower or 248 horsepower if you upgrade to the T5 engine. It can even sprint to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds. It's also extremely fuel-efficient for a luxury SUV with 23 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway.

Equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission, the 2018 BMW X1 has quick acceleration and can generate 228 horsepower. Its fuel-efficiency is average for its class, but its performance is still refined. Compared to the Volvo XC40, it's driving feels more refined. Three different driving modes are offered, which includes Sport, Comfort, and Eco Pro.

Consumer Ratings

Drivers favor the 2019 Volvo XC40 for the advanced technology that is included in the cabin, which features active tech safety features, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a 9-inch touchscreen on the dashboard. The car's styling is also what makes the vehicle have an advantage over the 2018 BMW X1 for it's exterior. The long hood and rear spoiler add a sporty touch to the car and shows off its potential with its performance.

The abundant passenger room in the 2018 BMW X1 makes it convenient to ride in, especially for long drives. High-quality craftsmanship is also included in the cabin, along with a six-inch screen that is smaller than what is offered in the XC40. The screen also isn't a touchscreen, which is problematic for some drivers and can make it less convenient to use while driving. The SensaTec faux leather upholstery is also a downside for drivers because it looks and feels cheap compared to authentic leather.