2021 Volvo XC90
Features & Specs
2021 BMW X5
30 mpg
Highway Fuel Economy
26 mpg
10.5 inches
Ground Clearance
8.7 inches
7 Passengers
Standard Seating Capacity
5 Passengers
41.8 cubic feet
Cargo Space
33.9 cubic feet

2021 Volvo XC90 vs 2021 BMW X5

Have you been thinking about upgrading your current ride to a luxury SUV, but just aren't sure which one best suits the needs of you and your busy lifestyle? Our team here at Volvo Cars Mall of Georgia is here to help with this handy comparison review. They took two of the luxury SUV segment's most popular models and compared all that they have to offer. On the left side, we have the 2021 Volvo XC90 and on the right side, the 2021 BMW X5. Keep reading to see these models side-by-side and to learn which one we think you should be test driving today!

2021 Volvo XC90 Power & Handling

There are three powertrain options offered for the Volvo XC90. The standard engine, called the T5, is a 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder that generates 250 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The second engine option, the T6, is a turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that delivers up to 316 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. The last engine option is called the Recharge. This powertrain uses the T6 engine with a battery pack and electric motor to create up to 400 hp and 472 lb-ft of torque. Volvo pairs all engines with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is the default drivetrain configuration but all-wheel drive is available, standard with the T6 and Recharge engine options.

2021 BMW X5 Power & Handling

There are three engines offered for the BMW X5. The base engine is a 3.0L turbocharged 6-cylinder that delivers 335 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque. This engine is paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. The second powertrain option uses the standard engine with a battery pack and electric motors for a total system output of 389 hp. The final engine opinion is a 4.4L turbocharged V8 that generates 523 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque.

2021 Volvo XC90 Features & Design

Drivers have three XC90 trim levels to choose from. The base trim is called the Momentum and it comes with features like driver-seat memory functions, alloy wheels, adaptive LED headlights, a hands-free liftgate, heated front seats, automatic four-zone climate control, a 9-inch touchscreen, a wireless charging pad, a 10-speaker sound system, driver-seat memory functions, and Apple/Android smartphone integration. There are also a number of standard safety features including rear automatic braking, forward collision mitigation, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, and blind-spot monitoring. The upper trim levels add different exterior trim, navigation, leather upholstery, front sport seats, ambient interior lighting, a Harman Karman 14-speaker sound system, rear sunshades, heated and ventilated front seats, and larger wheels. There are a number of packages available for the XC90 that add even more features.

2021 BMW X5 Features & Design

There are four trim levels offered in the X5 lineup. The trims all come outfitted with features like simulated leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, adaptive suspension dampers, a 12.3-inch touchscreen, keyless entry and ignition, a 10-speaker sound system, and wireless smartphone integration. If you are looking for any more features than that, you will have to add on one of the many expensive packages.


It is clear to see that driving around behind the wheel of a 2021 Volvo XC90 is much more enjoyable than doing so in an X5. The BMW SUV does offer a good engine lineup but the bare trim levels that have to be outfitted with packages to get the features you expect from a luxury SUV is where they lose us. Come on down to Volvo Cars Mall of Georgia to check out the 2021 Volvo XC90 in person and take a test drive with one of our sales associates so you can experience it all for yourself!

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