2021 BMW X5 vs. 2020 Volvo XC90

Volvo XC90 vs. BMW X5
2021 BMW X5


2020 Volvo XC90
3.0L V6

Base Engine

2.0L 4-cylinder
7,200 lbs.

Maximum Tow Rating

4,000 lbs.
335 hp

Base Horsepower

250 hp
330 lb-ft

Base Torque

258 lb-ft

Drivetrain Options


Compare Volvo XC90 vs. BMW X5 and you’ll immediately discern why BMW SUVs are hallmarks of luxury and performance the world over. The X5 outpaces the Volvo whether you’re looking at available power or standard features, so read on to match them up for yourself.

Volvo vs. BMW: Power and Performance

2021 BMW X5 engine options include:

  • 3.0L Inline-6: Makes up to 335 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque. Standard with RWD or available with AWD.
  • 4.4L M Performance V8: Makes up to 523 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque. Standard with RWD or available with AWD.

You can also opt for the plug-in hybrid setup to combine an integrated electric motor with 3.0L BMW TwinPower Turbo inline-6 for up to 282 hp and a 30-mile all-electric range.

2020 Volvo XC90 engines options are less exciting:

  • 2.0L 4-Cylinder: Makes up to 250 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Standard with FWD or available with AWD.
  • 2.0L 4-Cylinder: Makes up to 316 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Standard with FWD or available with AWD.

The Volvo’s plug-in hybrid only offers an 18-mile all-electric range, so the BMW is capable of being both more powerful as you hit the gas on trips into Lowell, MA and more efficient for your daily Manchester commute.

Even drivers looking for outstanding capability specs will find themselves better served by the BMW:

  • BMW X5 Towing Capacity: Up to 7,200 lbs.
  • Volvo XC90 Towing Capacity: Up to 4,000 lbs.

Volvo vs. BMW: Interior Features

Both the BMW X5 and the Volvo XC90 are equipped with essential tech, including Apple CarPlay®/Android Auto™ compatibility, but there’s a reason why a BMW X5 is seen as more luxurious than a Volvo XC90.

Just a few BMW X5 interior highlights include:

  • Standard Heated Front Seats
  • 12-Way Power-Adjustable Front Seats,
  • 12.3-Inch Infotainment Touchscreen

Whether you’re looking to stay toasty warm through Westford winters or simply enjoy a more executive driving experience during every drive, the BMW speaks louder than the Volvo.

See the 2021 BMW X5 at Tulley BMW of Nashua 

You can apply for financing online to start making the BMW X5 your own from the comfort of your own home. If you need any further advice or information, don’t hesitate to get in touch today.

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