They hit the market at about the same time. And they draw attention. There was not a day without anyone turning their necks to identify the cars. We are talking about the Volvo XC40 and BMW X2, rated in the R-Design (R $ 214,950) and sDrive20i M Sport X (R $ 245,950), respectively, both top of the line. But each model exhibits a different appeal, following the DNA of the brands.
The XC40 has a sleek design with headlights with the characteristic “T” line called “Thor’s Hammer”. The taillights are also stylized, but the icing on the cake is the standard black ceiling in the R-Design version. Already the X2 is more daring, with a touch of sports. It features forward-facing dual-exhaust exhaust. However, what stands out is the logo in column C, a tribute to BMW sports in the past. Visually, it looks like a “bombed” hatch. It’s not an SUV or trying to be a coupe like X4 and X6.
Both models have 2.0 turbo gasoline engine with direct injection and start / stop system.
The Volvo develops 255 hp and 35.7 kgfm from 1,800 rpm, while the X2 delivers 192 hp and 28.5 kgfm at 1,350 rpm. It is worth quoting that the BMW has a fuller snoring when starting. The weight / power ratio is 6.8 kg / hp in the XC40 and 8.3 kg / hp in the X2, although this is 140 kg lighter. The transmission is automatic eight-speed in the Volvo and automated seven-speed dual-clutch in the BMW. Neither the traction is equal: integral in the first and front in the X2.
In practice, the XC40 is better at performance. He is more progressive and controlled, which is not bad. It’s a good “in-hand” car, even more so with all-wheel drive. However, at the same time, there are many merits in X2, which is very pleasurable to guide and deliver more dynamic behavior. The accelerations are more intense, the result of the maximum torque available just before and the turbo with double volute, which greatly reduces the lag (time for the turbo fill). It is a hatch as to drivability. Going at 120 km / h, the two rotate at around 2,000 rpm, which represents an incredible level of silence.
In BMW there are the Eco Pro, Comfort and Sport driving modes, while in Volvo they are Eco, Comfort, Dynamic, Individual and – its differential – Off-Road, also handling the stability control parameters. All change direction, shift, acceleration, and suspension responses. Incidentally, the suspension is more comfortable on the XC40, softer, yet suffers interference from the 20-inch wheels. When going through ripples on the asphalt, the work is exquisite, but in holes the occupants feel the impact. Already in X2 the adjustment is firm, passing a little more to the cabin the imperfections of the floor. And run flat tires only add to that feeling. The stability in both is very good, with little body roll. Another advantage of the Volvo is the semi-autonomous driving system with automatic braking, alert of change of track, adaptive autopilot and system that keeps the car in the trajectory up to 130 km / h.
Life on board
The XC40 is more modern and refined. Even a little futuristic. It has a customizable digital central multimedia instrument frame with a 9 “vertical screen that doubles as a tablet – you can change the functions by flicking your finger to the sides. There is even charger for smartphones by induction, item nonexistent in X2. You can spend hours exploring Volvo’s booth to find solutions such as the removable trash can in the center console, or that the speakers came out of doors and left the panel to make room for larger items in the object holder. The X2 follows the sporty style inside, with the 8.8 “screen docked to the top of the panel, controlled by a touch button on the console and compatible only with Apple CarPlay – there is Android Auto also in the Volvo.
The X2 is smaller in all dimensions: they are 2.67 m between the axes and the 2.70 m of the XC40. There is less legroom and especially for the head of those who go in the backseat of the BMW. The trunk is another negative point with 370 liters, while in the Volvo are 460. Both have opening the cover by movement under the bumper. The list of standard equipment is well packed, as they are top-of-the-line versions, including dual zone air conditioning, rear camera, full LED headlights, electric seats with driver memory and six airbags. The XC40 brings more adaptive autopilot, descent control, collision warning and semi-autonomous system. Already the X2 offers more run flat tires, head-up display and parking assistant.
BMW X2 and Volvo XC40 look at different audiences. The former offers a bold style, with an eye on the young, while the latter focuses on comfort and safety. The X2 is more expensive, but BMW does not have scheduled reviews: there is an alert on the dashboard when it’s time to change some component. This saves time and money. Volvo, in turn, charges R $ 3,597 for periodic revisions up to 30,000 km. If this question did not help decide which is your favorite, the notes gave the VolvoXC40, which is superior to the BMW X2 in performance, equipment and comfort, not to mention the internal space.