Compare the Volvo XC40 to the BMW X1

See how this compact SUV beats the competition on the roads of Exeter, NH

While both the BMW X1 and Volvo XC40 are compact luxury crossovers, the two models offer vast differences in both their driving experience and technology that make them much different choices once you get behind the wheel. At Volvo Cars Exeter, we've put our Volvo XC40 up against the BMW X1 to see which model is best for drivers from York ME to Portsmouth for year-round driving.

Sleek and Stylish Design

While design is certainly subjective, the quality and elegance of the Volvo XC40 makes it a more refined choice than the BMW X1. BMW's busy design appeals to those who are fans of the brand, but if it's timeless refinement you're after, the crisp, clean lines of the Volvo XC40 are a surefire hit.

Even inside, the warm tones and upscale layout of the Volvo XC40 bests the BMW X1, where all-black surfaces and dated dials don't give you that same sense of luxury.


Both the BMW X1 and Volvo XC40 offer a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, though in the Volvo you'll have two variants of this setup to choose from. The BMW offers 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, while the B5 version of the XC40 gives you 247 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Negligible differences on paper, as well as with fuel efficiency. Both models come with intelligent all-wheel drive to handle year-round driving duties in New Hampshire.


Premium tech surrounds you in both the BMW X1 and Volvo XC40, however the vertical infotainment layout of the Volvo allows for much easier access to information. You'll also get an Android-powered system with Google Assistant, Maps, and more, while the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant is an in-house system that can be difficult to work with. Both models come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integrations to seamlessly connect your smartphone, plus mobile apps to control your vehicle while you're away. However, only the Volvo XC40 allows you to use your phone as a key and share driving duties with a friend or family member through the Volvo OnCall app.

Interior Comforts

While the interior of the BMW can feel somewhat dated and lacking in overall luxury, the new Volvo XC40 surrounds you in premium touches to ensure you enjoy every moment you spend behind the wheel. It's the little details that really stand out here, like the fit and finish of the interior switchgear and the quality vegan leather upholstery you'll find wrapped around the seats, steering wheel, and dash. The Volvo XC40 also bests the BMW X1 in standard features, where a power-sliding panoramic moonroof and power-adjustable front seats with memory are on each new Volvo XC40 model.

The one area where the BMW X1 sets itself ahead of the Volvo XC40 is in cargo space, where the X1 gives you 27 cubic feet compared to 20.4 cubes in the Volvo model.

Safety Features

Volvo's focus on safety has been legendary for generations, and that continues with the latest Volvo XC40 models. You'll get a wealth of standard safety features like forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, and lane keep assist, just like in the BMW X1. However, the Volvo also includes adaptive cruise control with stop and go and blind spot monitoring as standard, while those are extras in the BMW model. Even better, the Volvo XC40 includes an intersection assist that warns you of incoming vehicles when turning left across traffic, as well as a forward collision system that can detect cyclists and large animals as well as pedestrians and vehicles.

Test Drive a New Volvo XC40 in Exeter Today!

Now that you know the facts, its time to get behind the wheel. Visit Volvo Cars of Exeter to test drive a new Volvo XC40 today and see the rest of our new inventory. We look forward to working with you soon.

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