Compare the Volvo XC90 to the BMW X5

See how this versatile SUV beats its rivals on the New Hampshire roads.

If you're shopping for a midsize luxury SUV, make sure you find one that's roomy enough for your family. It should also have the look and feel of a premium vehicle. The new Volvo XC90 has an opulent interior and more cargo space than other SUVs in its class. The new BMW X5 is also an elegant midsize luxury SUV, but here at Volvo Cars of Exeter, we think the XC90 outclasses its German-made counterpart. Keep reading to see why it's a better vehicle for Portsmouth drivers.


The new Volvo XC90 is a well-designed luxury SUV with sharp lines, tasteful creases, and well-proportioned fenders. Thoughtful details like front and rear light signatures and an array of handsome wheel designs further enhance the XC90's striking appearance.

The new BMW X5 is also an attractive SUV, but it has a more conservative, understated look. Aside from its signature twin-kidney grille, the X5 blends into the luxury SUV landscape without enough distinguishing details to make it stand out.


Fuel Economy

With today's high gas prices, most people in Dover would rather drive a fuel-efficient SUV, especially if they take it on long trips. The new Volvo XC90 gets 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway with its base engine and front-wheel drive. The XC90 T8 plug-in hybrid (XC90 Recharge) gets an estimated 55 MPG-equivalent in combined city/highway driving.

The new BMW X5 sDrive40i gets 21 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway with its standard powertrain. Even the X5 xDrive45e plug-in hybrid is not as efficient as the XC90 plug-in hybrid, earning an EPA-rated 50 MPG-equivalent in combined city/highway driving.


The new Volvo XC90 has quick and nicely weighted steering. Its tight turning radius makes it a cinch to navigate through narrow streets in York..

The new BMW X5's steering is responsive, but somewhat numb. It also has a broader turning radius than the Volvo XC90, making it a little more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Interior Features and Cargo Space

Passenger Space

Whether you have a family or you just like to haul your friends around in Exeter, you'll need a spacious vehicle. The new Volvo XC90 has three rows of seats that hold up to seven people. It also has 103.8 cubic feet of passenger volume, so everyone has enough room to stretch out and get comfortable.

The new BMW X5 comes with only two rows of seats that fit five passengers. It offers an available third row to hold seven. The X5's optional third row comes with an additional cost, and it's cramped, even for kids.

Cargo SpaceFor people in Portsmouth who bring a lot of luggage or sports gear on excursions, the new Volvo XC90 is clearly the better choice. It has 15.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third-row seats, 41.8 cubic feet of room with these seats folded, and 85.7 cubic feet with both the second and third rows folded.The new BMW X5 is roomy, but it doesn't have as much cargo space as the XC90. The X5 has 33.9 cubic feet behind the second row and 72.3 cubic feet of cargo room with these seats folded.


Infotainment Amenities

The new Volvo XC90 comes standard with wireless device charging, so Portsmouth drivers can keep their smartphones juiced up on long road trips.

The new BMW X5 offers wireless device charging as an optional feature, so you must pay more to add it.

Safety Features

Volvo was founded on safety, and the new Volvo XC90 is filled with helpful standard driver assistance features such as blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert and forward collision warning with pedestrian and cyclist detection.

The new BMW X5 has almost as many standard advanced active safety features as the XC90. However, it doesn't come with rear cross traffic alert or pedestrian and cyclist detection.

Test Drive the New Volvo XC90 at Volvo Cars of Exeter

The new Volvo XC90 not only has exquisite Scandinavian craftsmanship, but it's also a spacious, fuel-efficient midsize SUV that's easy to maneuver through crowded parking lots in Dover.. Shop our XC90 lease specials to find your deal or save on a used Volvo XC90 from our inventory.. No matter what you choose, visit Volvo Cars of Exeter and test drive the new XC90 today.

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