2012 BMW
X5 xDrive35i
vs. 2012 Volvo
XC90 3.2

2012 Volvo XC90 3.2

10.0

starting from

$39,275

Reasons to buy the Volvo XC90 3.2

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Good cargo space
85.1 ft3
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Good ground clearance for rough terrain
8.9"
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Moon roof
Standard
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Rear air conditioning
Standard
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i

9.2

Runner-up

BMW X5 xDrive35i

starting from

$48,075
"The eight-speed automatic produces the sort of smooth shifts and quick responses you'd expect"
edmunds.com | talking about the X5's transmission
"The X5 has always put a premium on its handling, however, and for 2011 that doesn't change."
edmunds.com | talking about the X5's handling

Reasons to buy the BMW X5 xDrive35i

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Quite powerful
300 HP @ 5,800 RPM
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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Folding rear seats
Standard
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OK performance
16.5 lb/hp
Luxury Features 8.6 vs 10.0
2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 Winner: XC90 3.2
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  • Almost the same
  • Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the XC90 3.2
Cost 9.8 vs 10.0
2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 Winner: XC90 3.2
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  • The best price we've seen is $8,800 cheaper (around 20% less), $39,275 vs $48,075
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Practicality - vs -
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  • People mover
  • Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have more gears, but the X5 xDrive35i in particular has a wide number
  • Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, a nice perk for this class
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.2 vs 10.0

Luxury Features

BMW
X5 xDrive35i
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i
2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 Volvo
XC90 3.2
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moon roof Not Available vs Standard Enjoy additional natural light with the XC90 3.2's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Optional vs Standard Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the XC90 3.2

Cost

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X5 xDrive35i
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i
2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 Volvo
XC90 3.2
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MSRP $48,075 vs $39,275 The XC90 3.2 has a reasonable price, while the X5 xDrive35i is very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 16 mpg vs 16 mpg Very inefficient in the city
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 50,000 mile Longer basic warranty
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 4 year Longer-lasting basic warranty

Crash Test Ratings

BMW
X5 xDrive35i
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i
2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 Volvo
XC90 3.2
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Rollover resistance Unknown vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Practicality

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X5 xDrive35i
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i
2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 Volvo
XC90 3.2
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Passengers 7 vs 7 People mover
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Cargo space 75.2 ft3 vs 85.1 ft3 The XC90 3.2 has lots of cargo room and the X5 xDrive35i is pretty good
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front seats Unknown vs 54.9 ft3
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Base payload capacity 1,290 lb vs Unknown
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folding rear seats Standard vs Not Available The X5 xDrive35i's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the XC90 3.2
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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navigation system Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 4 vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Road Tests

BMW
X5 xDrive35i
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i
2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 Volvo
XC90 3.2
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0-60 mph 6.4 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 130 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile 14.7 s s @ 92.0 mph mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration 0.81 g vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Safety Features

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X5 xDrive35i
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i
2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 Volvo
XC90 3.2
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Unknown
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Airbags 5 vs 4 The X5 xDrive35i has an OK number of airbags while the XC90 3.2 has very few (missing Rear Curtain)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system BMW Assist vs None

Performance

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X5 xDrive35i
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i
2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 Volvo
XC90 3.2
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Horsepower 300 HP @ 5,800 RPM vs 240 HP @ 6,400 RPM The X5 xDrive35i is fairly powerful, but the XC90 3.2 is not far behind
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Number of gears 8 vs 6 Both have more gears, but the X5 xDrive35i in particular has a wide number
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, a nice perk for this class
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paddle shifters Standard vs Unknown
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Air compressor Twin turbocharger vs None The X5 xDrive35i's Twin turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 16.5 lb/hp vs 19.8 lb/hp The X5 xDrive35i has OK performance while the XC90 3.2 gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive The X5 xDrive35i has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 42.0 ft vs 40.0 ft The XC90 3.2 is comparable to most other vehicles for turning, but the X5 xDrive35i is quite bad

Entertainment System

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X5 xDrive35i
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i
2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 Volvo
XC90 3.2
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Number of speakers 10 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Standard Have your pick of music from around the world with the XC90 3.2's satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer No vs Unknown
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entertainment system Not Available vs Optional It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the XC90 3.2; but it's not available at all on the X5 xDrive35i

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