Volvo is offering a compact SUV for the first time. The XC40 has what it takes to become a bestseller-if it is a good offer. We have compared the prices with those of the BMW X1.
XC90, V90 and S90, most recently the new XC60 and now also the XC40-Volvo regularly brings new models that seem to be arriving well. and penetrates deeper into the so-called premium segment. The XC40 complements the Volvo program where growth is still waiting: in the compact SUV segment. Currently, the XC60 Volvos bestseller. The XC40 could have the stuff to replace him.
But Volvo needs to make a good offer. Not everyone wants to get an XC40 in the subscription. Many will continue to buy or finance it. Volvo is considered cheaper than the competition of Audi, BMW or Mercedes. Especially with the appropriate equipment. We compared the XC40 with the X1 from BMW.
The small BMW SUV is still quite fresh on the market. The dimensions are both almost on par. A centimeter separates them in length (XC40:4.43 m; x1:4.44 m), but the trunk volume of the XC40 is nominally rear. 460 to 1,336 liters gives Volvo, BMW claims 550 to 1,550 liters for the X1. After all, the older competitors Audi Q3 and Mercedes GLA are more likely to move to the Volvo level in the trunk.
Volvo XC40 and BMW X1 in price comparison
The base price is set by Volvo with 31,350 euros for the T3 engine variant. At BMW we go with the X1 sDrive 18i. It draws 140 horsepower from a three-cylinder turbo. Price: 31,700 euro. However, Volvo’s new three-cylinder gasoline engine comes to dealers a little later. From the beginning of the year, T5 AWD (petrol, 247 hp, from 46,100 euros) and D4 AWD (diesel, 190 hp, from 44,800 euro) are available. The comparable petrol xDrive25i (231 hp) costs from 44,300 Euro, the 190-PS diesel xDrive20d starts at 41,450 Euro.
Volvo equips the XC40 for the slightly cheaper base price with numerous assistance systems: attention detectors, emergency brakes for city traffic, active track holders, fixed brake automatics, traffic sign detection and some other helpers are standard.
BMW offers less in the base. The track holder with steering is not available, the city emergency brake does not recognize pedestrians or animals. For 650 Euro There is the driving assistant, which brings a Spurverlassenswarner and pedestrian recognition as well as automatic beams into the car. For a total of 1,400 euros more (driving assistant plus), the X1 steers itself, keeps the distance to the foreman and assists in traffic jams.
At Volvo, the package is called Adaptive Cruise and Jam Wizard Intellisafe Pro. The XC40 is not available as standard, it costs 1,600 euros. The XC40 also warns against rear traffic during parking and helps to minimise damage in the event of a rear collision. The X1 can’t even do that at an extra charge. In the XC40 there is, therefore, more security for a total of less money.
Volvo XC40 d4 AWD v BMW X1 XDRIVE20D
In infotainment, Volvo also makes a good case. The standard is a 9-inch screen with Bluetooth, audio streaming, and USB. BMW also has but offers only a smaller 6.5-inch display. The manual air conditioning is standard for both. LED headlights only at Volvo, BMW requires 990 euros. Turn-off light is then included, with Volvo 540 euro due.
In the base, Volvo with the T3 is usually a good piece under the BMW X1. The four-wheel diesel changes the picture: 44,800 Euro wants to have Volvo for the D4 AWD. The BMW X1 xDrive20d, also 190 hp and 400 Newton-meter strong, is available from 41,450 euro in the price list. However, with less equipment. Eight-way automatic and four-wheel drive are as standard as the XC40. But Volvo’s SUV is only available as D4 from the momentum equipment.
It then rolls on 18-instead of 17-inch beer, there are aluminum décor, a few practical extras (waste bins in the center console, more Inennraumbeleuchtung), driving programs to choose from, a parking aid for rear and optical details. In addition, infotainment has eight instead of three loudspeakers and internet access. Also included: Kilmaautomatik (1 zone), adjustable lumbar support, seat heating and leather upholstery.
Equipment BMW X1: Sport line or XLINE
If you want to bring the X1 to a similar level, you should choose the sport-line or the xLine-equipment, which is distinguished mainly by optical details. Then the 20d will cost 46,000 or 46,250 euros. 18-inch, parking aid rear, 2-zone climate control, cruise control, automatic tailgate and LED headlights with turning light are the most important additional features.
Leather seats are not included, the XLine has only part leather. Fully leather costs seats 1,590 euro (sport line) or 1,000 euro (xLine). The lumbar allows BMW to pay 280 euros, the seat heating with 330 euros. Infotainment comes standard with six loudspeakers. However, there is a larger screen for the big Navi, including a head-up display for 2,890 euros.
Those who renounce the system and instead “only” choose the preparation for Apple Carplay (300 euro) are with the BMW X1 xDrive20d at just under 50,500 euros. At XC40 d4 AWD, we land with the similar configuration at just over 48,000 euros. Despite more extensive safety equipment. The BMW is only proposing the Volvo for the space supply and the driving performance. And the driving behavior? This has to show a comparison. The XC40 is still not on the street.