BMW X5 vs Volvo XC90

Looking for a high-end, family-friendly SUV to navigate the streets of Rochester Hills, Oakland Township, and Sterling Heights, MI? Both the Volvo XC90 and the BMW X5 offer impressive performance, plush amenities, and convenient tech features to enhance your daily drives year-round.

How do you know which one will work best for you, though? Our team at BMW of Rochester Hills wrote this comparison of the Volvo XC90 vs. BMW X5 to help shoppers make their final decision. Please note, the 2021 BMW X5 has been released but the 2021 Volvo XC90 has not.

Performance & Capability: 2021 BMW X5 vs Volvo XC90

To begin, let's examine how these two luxury SUVs match up when it comes to performance, acceleration, and towing capacity:



Volvo XC90

All-Wheel Drive



Max Available HP



Max Towing Capacity

7,200 pounds

4,000 pounds

As you can see, both models offer all-wheel-drive powertrains to help you move forward with confidence, regardless of the weather or road conditions ahead. When it comes to horsepower or speed of acceleration, however, the 2021 BMW X5 clearly outdoes its Volvo competitor.

Upgrade Your Adventures

In terms of towing capacity, with the BMW X5 you can expect to tow things like small recreational or water ski boats, as well as lightweight hard-side RVs or camping trailers. Having these over-sized toys in tow will certainly take your weekend getaways and family vacations to the next level. Drivers may find the Volvo XC90 towing capacity more limiting.

To go along with its impressive towing capacity, the 2021 BMW X5 also comes with a standard power split tailgate. Featuring a lower section that opens level with the cargo floor, this innovative trunk door makes loading things like furniture, luggage, or outdoor gear simple and straightforward. In comparison, the Volvo XC90 does not offer a split tailgate option.

Comfort & Convenience: BMW X5 vs Volvo XC90

When you step inside each cabin, you will find standard panoramic roofs that let in fresh air and allow you to enjoy expansive sky views. They each also feature an integrated power shade for added convenience.

However, only the 2021 BMW X5 comes with a wind deflector connected to its Panoramic Moonroof, ensuring a quieter cabin for a more relaxing ride.

Touchscreen Displays

In terms of technology and infotainment, the Volvo XC90 and the BMW X5 both offer many similar features, such as the following:

  • Apple CarPlay™ compatibility & Android Auto integration
  • Wireless charging
  • Wi-Fi hotspot

The BMW X5 offers a larger 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen display, compared to the 9-inch one in the Volvo XC90. Drivers may find the additional three inches of accessibility in the BMW X5 make it easier to view apps, directions, and more while in transit.

Time to Take the Wheel: BMW X5 or Volvo XC90?

After taking a closer look at the Volvo XC90 vs. BMW X5, we see that the BMW outshines the competition when it comes to acceleration, towing, and interior amenities. To test drive the BMW X5, give us a call at BMW of Rochester Hills or book an appointment online today!

We look forward to introducing this Sports Activity Vehicle® (SAV®) to Rochester Hills, Oakland Township, and Sterling Heights, MI, drivers. 

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