The subcompact crossover class is becoming more and more popular by the day, and with good reasons. Offering outstanding performance with plenty of space without being too enormous is tempting for customers. European car manufacturers like BMW and Volvo are the leaders of this class with top-class vehicles.

The Volvo XC40 and BMW X2 are two of the best SUVs in this market and offer excellent all-in-all performance with designs that can satisfy the majority of their audience. Both come at around the same price, so choosing between the two comes down to your preferences and the features that they offer. Therefore, keep on reading to understand their capabilities and differences better.

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BMW X2 Has Great Handling But Can Be Rough From Time To Time

BMW X2 In Gold Exterior
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The X2 and the X1 have the same powerplant. It has a 228 HP turbocharged four-cylinder engine, an eight-speed automated transmission, and a front-wheel drive. The sDrive28i is the name given to this vehicle by BMW. To have an all-wheel drive (xDrive28i), you'll need to pay an additional $2,000.

There's a lot to love about the standard engine: it's quick to crank, smooth to the touch, and bursting with pep. The X2 xDrive28i makes a respectable 6.4-second 0-60 MPH run - 0.1 seconds longer than the X1 xDrive28i. BMW has adjusted the high-performance X2 to produce 302 HP. A 4.6-second sprint from 0 to 60 MPH is possible with this.

The X2 has a rough ride, particularly when equipped with a sporty suspension. Passengers in rough-riding trips will be acutely aware of any road flaw in their seats. But, fast turns are no problem for the X2, and the car's dependable handling is a welcome bonus.

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Volvo XC40 Performance: Not Flashy But Reliable

Volvo XC40 In White Front View
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Every XC40 has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder generating 184 HP (T4) or 248 HP (T5). The more potent T5, which is only available with all-wheel drive, reaches 60 MPH in 6.2 seconds, which is an admirably quick time for the class. When shifting gears, the eight-speed automatic gearbox does so with little hesitation and without transmitting any roughness to the interior.

It is only when you apply strong throttle that you hear a grating noise from the engine. In normal driving conditions, the engine is smooth and efficient. There aren't many compact luxury crossovers that can haul as much as the XC40 with its 3500 pounds towing capacity.

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Volvo XC40 Provides A More Practical Design Than The BMW X2

Volvo XC40 Interior
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The interior of the X2 is not as spectacular as the outside of it, but it is well-equipped and made to a very high standard. The X2's sitting stance is ideal, and the driver has easy access to all the X2's functions. Although headroom in the back seats is not optimal, most people would have enough room. BMW provides a variety of textures in both faux and genuine leather. It is possible to stow five carry-on baggage behind the back seat, and 15 with the seat folded.

On the other side, the Swedish manufacturer has combined modern nuances with practicality to create a safe and sweet vibe. A spacious and delicate interior design gives the XC40 a more affluent feel, even the base models. There is plenty of space throughout the vehicle, and just like the bigger Volvo vehicle, XC60, the essence of practicality and sturdy material is evident.

The Momentum and R-Design trim levels contain some modern-ish styling, with the replacement of old-fashioned wood with textured metallic finishes. The most premium model of the XC40, Inscription, incorporates a more fancy look using Driftwood decoration and a shift knob made out of Orrefors crystal.

The XC40 can house 23 cases when the rear seats are folded. There are some extra features on the XC40 that helps to push that number even higher. A retractable trash can with an attached door in the center console, alongside a holder that comes out of the glovebox to keep takeout suitcases.

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The Volvo XC40 And BMW X2 Both Have A Lot To Offer

BMW X2 Interior Via BMW
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Both cars offer a very spectacular driving experience. The BMW X2 provides a spectrum of performance levels, with the highest trim being extremely fast; however, the Volvo XC40 provides a more stable all-around performance. Interior-wise, the Volvo XC40 has the edge and steals the game with its practical and comfortable yet upper-class design and styling.

The Volvo XC40 has a brilliant five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration while offering excellent safety features like an automatic emergency braking system with real-time pedestrian detection, a lane-departure alarm, and adaptive cruise control accompanied by semi-autonomous driving mode. The BMW X2 also offers many safety features. However, there are no crash test results available from the NHTSA as of this writing.

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