Volvo XC90 vs. BMW X5: Interior, Performance & Dimensions

Volvo XC90 vs. BMW X5

If you're shopping for a new SUV that delivers comfort, utility, and performance, you're probably comparing the Volvo XC90 vs. BMW X5. The Volvo XC90 provides seating for seven occupants, AWD performance, and plenty of tech? So, how does the new BMW X5 stack up against one of our Volvo XC90 lease specials?

We're confident that by the end of our Volvo XC90 or BMW X5 comparison, you'll be calling our Volvo dealership to schedule your test drive.

BMW X5 vs. Volvo XC90 Interior Features

When you're trying to find a Volvo XC90 vs. BMW X5 comparison, you probably want to know what you get for your money and if the features you're looking for come standard. In short, which of these new SUVs for sale gives you the best value?

So, let's quickly point out some of the trim model highlights each lineup offers to help you make an informed decision.

The Volvo XC90 Momentum is a three-row SUV with seating for up to seven occupants. It comes standard with a 12-inch instrument panel that displays your relevant information and driver-assist features, such as Lane Keeping Aid, Oncoming Lane Mitigation, Front/Rear Park Assist.

The Volvo XC90 interior offers a leather steering wheel, a High Performance audio system, and Iron Ore aluminum accents. Drivers who opt for the Volvo XC90 Inscription will enjoy ventilated Nappa leather upholstery and a Harman Kardon Premium Sound system.

The BMW X5 features SensaTec upholstery and a SensaTec Dashboard. So, not ventilated Nappa leather upholstery?

Engine/Performance

The Volvo XC90 gives you a choice of turbocharged powertrains with the option of FWD or AWD. The Volvo XC90 T5 comes with a direct-injected turbocharged engine that puts out 250 horsepower, 258 pound-feet of torque, and can tow up to 4,000 pounds when properly equipped.

If you're looking for more power and AWD performance, the T6 powertrain provides a turbo- and supercharged engine that delivers 316 horsepower, 295 pound-feet of torque, and can tow up to 5,000 pounds when properly equipped.

The BMW X5 sDrive40i does not give you the option of two turbocharged engines. It only comes with one engine to motivate your drive.

If you're looking for a Volvo XC90 with 400 horsepower and 472 pound-feet of torque, you want the Volvo XC90 Recharge. This Volvo XC90 plug-in hybrid for sale gives you the power and efficiency your drive demands.

2022 Volvo XC90 2022 BMW X5
Starting MSRP $50,9001 $60,6002
Engine 2.0L Direct-Injected Turbocharged 3.0-liter BMW M TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder
Horsepower 250-hp @ 5500 rpm 335 hp @ 5500 rpm
0-60 6.1 seconds 5.3 seconds
Torque 250 lb-ft 331 lb-ft
Cargo Capacity (behind first row) 85.7 cu. ft. 72.3 cu. ft.
Towing Capacity 4,000 lbs.3 7,200 lbs.3

Volvo XC90 vs. BMW X5 Dimensions

The Volvo XC90 measures 69.9 inches tall and 84.3 inches wide, with a total length of 195 inches on a 117.5-inch wheelbase. These exterior dimensions provide an interior with 38.9 inches of front headroom, 38.5 inches of second-row headroom, and 36.3 inches of third-row headroom.

The Volvo XC90 also gives you 57.7 inches of shoulder room in the first row, 56.6 inches in the second row, and 46.9 inches in the third. When it comes to legroom, you and your co-pilot will have 40.9 inches, while second-row passengers can also stretch out with 37 inches of rear legroom and 31.9 inches in the third row. All in all, you'll have 85.7 cubic feet of cargo capacity to load.

Now that you've seen how the Volvo XC90 gives you plenty of features and performance options, let's see how the Volvo SUV compares to the BMW X5 sDrive40i in cabin space. The BMW X5 sDrive40i is 194.3 inches long, 78.9 inches wide, and 68.7 inches tall. So right away, the BMW X5 sDrive40i is smaller than the Volvo XC90 in length, width, and height.

2022 Volvo XC90 2022 BMW X5
# of Passengers: 7 5
Length: 195 inches 194.3 inches
Width: 84.3 inches 78.9 inches
Height: 69.9 inches 68.7 inches
Passenger Volume: 103.8 cu.ft. 92.9 cu.ft

BMW X5 vs. Volvo XC90 Safety

If you're trying to decide between the Volvo XC90 vs. BMW X5, it's likely because you have precious cargo to transport and drop off. If that's the case, you're probably looking for an SUV loaded with advanced safety features. The Volvo XC90 SUV is equipped with a suite of passive and active driver-assist tech that can help alert you to potential hazards then protect you in the unfortunate event of an accident.

Notable safety highlights on this new Volvo SUV include a blind spot information system and intelligent safety assistance technology that can automatically apply the brakes. When it's time to parallel park on a hill or maneuver out of a narrow driveway, four cameras create one image of a 360° birds-eye view of your vehicle.

The new BMW X5 Active Driving Assistant suite includes several comparable safety features, but the 360° birds-eye view of your vehicle is noticeably absent.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which has more cargo space, Volvo XC90 or BMW X5?

The Volvo XC90 has more cargo room than the BMW X5. The Volvo XC90 is bigger than the BMW X5 and offers 85.7 cubic feet of cargo area, while the BMW X5 only provides 72.3 cubic feet, which is a notable difference. The next time you're loading your crew and gear for a holiday adventure, we suspect you'll be glad you have the extra room the Volvo SUV provides.

Which has more interior space, Volvo XC90 or BMW X5?

Since the Volvo XC90 is slightly longer and bigger than the BMW X5, it also offers more cargo space and passenger room. The Volvo XC90 boasts 103.8 cubic feet of passenger volume, while the smaller BMW X5 only provides 92.9 cubic feet of passenger room. When you want comfort for all three rows on long journeys, you want the Volvo XC90 over the BMW X5.

How does the Volvo XC90 compare to the BMW X5?

The Volvo XC90 gives you a menu of powertrain options, drive types, and engine choices. She also offers more cargo room and passenger space. When you want a three-row SUV with turbocharged performance, AWD, and advanced safety, the Volvo XC90 SUV checks all the boxes.


1Prices shown are Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP), Base Price or Starting At price and excludes destination fees, taxes, title, license, and registration and/or electronic filing fees, dealer fees.

2Manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) excludes destination & handling fee of $995, tax, title, license, and registration. Starting MSRP may vary as a result of equipment capacity restrictions.

3When properly equipped.


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