The 2021 Volvo XC60 is a powerful luxury SUV that looks sophisticated, well-equipped, and is able to deliver a pleasurable drive. Whether you are after a dependable family vehicle or a good-looking car to cruise the city streets, rest assured that the XC60 will never disappoint.

The 2020 BMW X1 has been developed to have a blend of crossover styling and the practicality of a hatchback. This model is one of the best-selling models of the brand but there seems to be lacking in its formula. Here is a comparison to understand why it is inferior to the XC60.

Design & Style

The bold design exterior of the XC60 is accentuated with highly refined details. The sport-inspired wheels add an aggressive stance that is also elegant. The aesthetic inlays on its cabin are beautifully laid-out. It looks more like a cockpit rather than a cabin.

The X1 has once been a trendsetter but the current styling no longer draws attention. It is not ugly but does not look fresh either. The dated look screams for a complete makeover.

Technology & Safety

The heart of the XC60's infotainment system is the 9" Sensus Touchscreen. It is designed to be both sleek and intuitive. It is pretty but easy to use thereby reducing distraction. There is a minimal number of buttons which makes it more interactive. Driving on busy highways is not a problem with its advanced Pilot Assist and other driver assistance features.

The X1 is equipped with enough techs to say that it is not too far behind most modern vehicles. Most of its standard equipment is fine but a tech buff will not be happy with its performance. There is a voice control feature that uses natural language but generally lacks refinement.


With a supercharged twin turbo engine, the XC60 is expected to deliver a potent performance. An electrifying performance is guaranteed whether from the 250-hp engine or the 415 hp hybrid engine. There are different drive modes to choose from so that the car moves according to the driver's driving style.

There are two trim levels for the X1 and both are powered by a 228-hp 2.0-liter engine. Power delivery is ample but it behaves more like a hatchback rather than a SUV.

The Bottom Line

The restrained characteristics of the 2020 BMW X1 became its downfall. It can be better if its design will be refreshed, will be added with more modern tech, and improve its road performance. The 2021 Volvo XC60, on the other hand, gave it all. It is impressive in all aspects, proving that it is worthy of the top spot among other luxury SUVs in the same class.

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