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2018 Volvo XC40 vs BMW X1 Comparison

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In the world of compact luxury crossovers, the BMW X1 has reigned supreme. It outsells many of its rivals and is seen as a premium choice with a lower price tag. However, it certainly isn’t the most exciting or charming car, which is the vibe the new Volvo XC40 exudes. Naturally, we had to compare these two, to see which one seems better suited for luxury car buyers. Please show your support and subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=AutoGuideVideo AutoGuide reviews the latest new cars with test drives, car comparisons and shootouts plus coverage of breaking auto industry news, auto shows, rumors, top 10 lists, and spy photos. Help shop for your new car with informative car buying tips and car recall news, and be entertained with feature stories, Top 10s and car review videos.
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Bren Nelson (17 hours ago)
Volvo is so ugly with the two tone
tReBs (6 days ago)
Get a hover car so that you wont feel the bumps! Exag comments ffs!
Amit s (14 days ago)
How much did Volvo pay this jerks to make nasty comments on bmw...regardless of ur fake shit...bmw still rules the roads compared to Volvo
gazza the bazza (20 days ago)
lets bash BMW so you buy volvo
hvcshow (20 days ago)
Antonio Zamudio (22 days ago)
Volvo for life.
Sara Connect (24 days ago)
steveyk (27 days ago)
This video was very cringe and that volvo interior is cringe
Frank Song (28 days ago)
You two guys are like two women giving a review overreacting. Work on your reviews.
Rick Rolled (1 month ago)
wow, that intro was brutal
Miqui Russell (1 month ago)
Going to have to disagree. I had the 40 for a week. Drove it from Toronto to Rimouski Quebec and back. By the second day i hated it. Two weeks later i bought an X1. I have had it now since the middle of July. Once i took the run flats off, it was a delight to drive. Longest trip so far Is Brandon Manitoba and back. The volvo starts to shine when you get a 60 or bigger. That 40 is not my cup of tea.
Net Effect Cafe (1 month ago)
I didnt like the way it rode on long trips. I didnt enjoy the disconnect i seemed to feel when dodging around town. I did drive a Volvo xc 70 awhile back .. i liked that. I am assuming the platform for the small Volvo is considerably different then the bigger models. Again, i also didnt like the X1 when it had run flats. But loved it without them. I am 98% sure the Volvo didnt have run flats on it when i had it. I vaguely remember checking that.
Show Time (1 month ago)
Did Volvo pay them to say this about the BMW
D1agram (1 month ago)
Suffering succotash!
happycamperjack (1 month ago)
I think you guys fail to mention the major design flaw of xc40, tiny trunk space! At 16.2 cu.ft, its almost half the size of x1's trunk at 27.1. Why in the world would you buy a SUV with tiny trunk? I was checking out SUVs at different dealership, and xc40 was nice.... Until I opened the trunk....noppppe!! That has to be the one of the smallest trunk I've seen. That combine with bad transmission, I really don't think xc40 is a good option for people who actually need a SUV for that extra space.
J. T. (1 month ago)
20.7 ft³, 47.2 ft³ with seat area
joe fattal (1 month ago)
Define luGury ? To me luxury not LuGury is a RR / Bentley/ Aston / jaguar etc. these are semi prestige Hatchbacks nothing more.
Nick Allen (1 month ago)
No in depth review of Volvo’s horrid infotainment controls? Hiding temperature controls behind a digital display was a huge mistake. Volvo was at the bottom of Consumer Reports reliability consumer survey due to problems with the infotainment. When many of your vital car functions are tied up in it then that’s a problem. I hope they get things worked out because i love where this brand is headed with these redesigns.
Thomas Ray (1 month ago)
They look like they need a shower and their clothes washed and ironed. UNWATCHABLE
tubelator (1 month ago)
Volvo the better pick? Lol but you say the gearshifts are fucking slow and the start stop is a drag.. how can this be a better pick?
SnowBoarder&Skier (1 month ago)
According to Consumer Reports, Volvo was dead last for reliability in the 2018 year. And the X1 is BMWs most unreliable model. So, do any of these even make a good choice in this category? https://www.consumerreports.org/car-reliability-owner-satisfaction/who-makes-the-most-reliable-cars/
Can you find presenters who can speak good English?These are clowns who cannot be taken seriously.
ruD RV (1 month ago)
Volvo and the world vs bmw x1
Grant Muir (1 month ago)
Lugzury! I love the way Americans say luxury, 😝😝
colinf1951 (1 month ago)
Stop/start modes are bad news, I wouldn't recommend using this with any car ! Why ? because it means the battery , starter motor take a real hammering over time, you can expect to replace the starter motor or battery after two or three years of city motoring, simply down to wear and tear ! commonsense should tell anyone this. Cold winter weather, using start/stop increases engine wear considerably, especially if you live in a big city, where you might travel short distances with a cold engine, and have to stop at traffic lights etc time and time again over a relatively short time, this will cause considerable engine wear due to the engine oil being so cold for a longer period of time, compared to not using start/stop.
Mark W (1 month ago)
The X1 25d M-sport is great at hitting those apex's and the launch control is a proper laugh, just be aware that the launch control is linked to the servicing times as it puts a lot of stress on some components. If you prefer any of the the other cars in this class then try a 25d, I reckon you will want to keep the keys to it, for a small SUV it has a surprising turn of speed and is all about the drive, yes the others may have a better dash or a nicer exterior, but you don't see them when hustling along those B roads, it's about the way the vehicle feels when pushing hard, and for that reason the 25d blows ALL the others away.
Emily Sinclair (1 month ago)
Gonna have to go for x1 since that is what I have.
Charles Cho (1 month ago)
One thing I don’t like is the depreciation of Volvo vehicles is so high.
Edwin (1 month ago)
Bmw leave all their luxury features for their higher series models. That means the x1 will have the less technology and features in it
john evans (1 month ago)
What about the Peugeot 3008? Which I would suggest the volvo has 'copied'!
Bimmer (2 months ago)
The wheels are ugly on the Volvo.
colinf1951 (1 month ago)
You can specify different styles , as with all brands.
Peter Hammer (2 months ago)
The Volvo looks not very neat. Looks somehow MUCH bigger than the X1. For me the X1 thanks.
BaBeLoo BaDoo (2 months ago)
I dont like the design of the XC40, a bit too simplistic and too boxy. Also don't like the interior of the XC40. That screen in the middle is like a small childs tablet. However, by buying European car technology, the Chinese are right there with the European car manufacturers. At least with Volvo.
VacancyJB (2 months ago)
34k usd? that's so cheap for the XC40.
Saad Salman (2 months ago)
The XC40 actually does have paddle shifters in the R Design model
Brian Numme (2 months ago)
Wow! That was kind of a weird review! I forgot that we didn’t see the back or back area of the Volvo. Well, I guess that’s good because it would have caused another Doug Demuro jumping outta the trunk moment.
Abbi Awesu (2 months ago)
BMW design their cars to be Conservative, and like Porsche they keep the same formula, not to scare their customers too much.... BMW is about the driving experience...
Savir Relan (2 months ago)
Volvo is the best
r (2 months ago)
Wow. They barely showed the rear of the Volvo. Can you instead have b roll of the cars instead of having the majority of the video be focused on the hosts.
Yanni Looking good (2 months ago)
None, both fake ass SUV for ladies and lame accountants!
Nickolai Siegfried (2 months ago)
It seems anyone can review cars on the web. What are their qualifications?
wren460 (2 months ago)
Honda CR-V by far. Super reliable, solid, economical, high resale value, etc. Not a fun SUV, but the best for driving from A to B . I want to see that Volvo in 5 years and 100,000 miles......and the BMW I want to see the owner paying for repair like if it was a Rolls Royce
wren460 (2 months ago)
As always there are excemptions . I would bet that on 99% of cases a Honda or Toyota Will be in better shape after 200k miles than on a Volvo. Now, we are talking NEW cars, not ones built in the 70´s ! There is no way a Volvo S40 Will last longer than lets say a Corolla or a Civic...not in a million years
Renaldo Aggrey (2 months ago)
The most mileage ever done on a car is on a volvo with over 3 million miles. And you can get a gold mileage award when you get 500,000 miles on your volvo
Sevy (2 months ago)
The 2018 model BMW X1 does not have a big gearshifter anymore, get the X-line trim so the seats are better, not full leather either.
Efe Açıkgöz (2 months ago)
New Q3 looks better than both
Johan Hofman (17 days ago)
Efe Açıkgöz someone is blind here!
colinf1951 (1 month ago)
No way, the Q3 looks like the same old same old, nothing special, doesn't stand out from the crowd ! whereas the XC40 is unmistakable ! very distinctive unlike any Audi or BMW, clones from the start, small cars to large executive cars to SUVs, only anoraks can see the difference from one model to the next.
Volvo all the way, unless your a chav. Then the BMW is for you! lol
DaniBird (2 months ago)
Volvo wins for sure!! The interior of the BMW looks old. 😕
Richie Roo (2 months ago)
I have the X1 and looked at the Volvo and prefer the BMW by miles! And cut the overacting out; its super cringe
Joshua Burke (2 months ago)
Both theses guys have the most ANNOYING voice I have ever heard
minibus1351 (2 months ago)
That BMW interior is uninspiring. Needs redesign like the newer models.
Paul Ho (2 months ago)
How can you not look down in disgust at every X1 driver? It's a sad excuse for basic transport with hideous looks and exploitative pricing.
Diogo Teixeira (2 months ago)
Jose Luis Caceres (2 months ago)
Beard guy talks like Roger Rabbit
moore ae2002 (2 months ago)
The Volvo's infotainment system looks hideous. The interior does look more luxurious than the X1.
Valdis jackson- Wallace (2 months ago)
How about the r design. Does it have paddle shifters
Linus ohlsson (2 months ago)
Aaron Mills (2 months ago)
Volvo ❤️
Martin Nilsson (2 months ago)
How Do they fit for taller People?
Jinbin Tan (2 months ago)
Volvo ROCKS!
Spectre26 (2 months ago)
Yawn yet another lacklustre review from Autoguide. Way too many misinformed opinions. Most things that they complain about the car that doesn’t have are available options.
Jose Morales (2 months ago)
The asian female asian reviewer is so much better than these two together!
Owen Nato (2 months ago)
Correction. Mini uses the BMW platform!!
Somchuan Saetun (2 months ago)
I love Volvo
darexdarex (2 months ago)
Touchscreen interfaces are very hard to use, and even a bit dangerous, while driving. Give me iDrive every time over 100% touchscreen dependence.
colinf1951 (1 month ago)
You are not 100% touchscreen dependant !! it has voice control, so no need to fumble around with the touchscreen !! why do so many reviewers ignore this fact ?
ExuberantRaptor (2 months ago)
The X1 has been killing sales. But the XC40 is the European Car of The Year 2018 award winner. And XC60 has been the top selling SUV in Europe since launch basically and the XC90 is the current World Car of The Year champion. Volvo is doing wonders right now. Can people stop complaining about the sideway shifting? It's not any stranger than other things that changes back and forth from generation to generation. People are just not used to it happen to the gear shifter but people go bonkers over it. I think it's cool and something you're pretty alone with which is fun when others drive the car xD And the sacrifice shifting sideways instead of up-down is barely any. Just stop it already. Though I think it's ridiculous how in 2018 and soon 2019 can't do better with lagg. We are so technologically advanced and researched that turbo and response lagg shouldn't exist anymore really.
Daakis (1 month ago)
Both of you are haters In europe german cars dominate Volvo is good but not enough to compare vith Bmw and Mers Deal with it
Nickolai Siegfried (2 months ago)
People who know nothing about cars still perceive the germans as producing beter cars, when in reality german cars are unreliable, overpriced and overrated.
jasperac (2 months ago)
it's crazy how all of these reviewers don't realize that the double tap for the gear shift is actually smart because if you accidentally hit it, it won't just go to another gear. where's the critical thinking in these reviews? and the shifter is really not that complicated to get used to, people.
WillyVonHalen (2 months ago)
Those cringing dialogues
BMW 2017 (2 months ago)
I have an X6, never again.
Edwin (1 month ago)
BMW 2017 Oh I see. And you still have it or are you planning to sell it?
BMW 2017 (1 month ago)
The turbo lag kills me every time I step on the gas... You can count the delay in seconds... Absolutely terrible. I also hate all the safety beeps it makes... Yes, you can shut them off, but not before they go wild... Pull up to Starbucks, beep, beep, beep! I hate how the doors don't stay swung open if you're on the slightest slope... I don't like the windshield wipers, never the correct speed... I don't like the GPS, when you arrive it won't shut off some times... The seatbelt chime continues even when in PARK if you take it off a second before... No option for a remote starter... Gas tank cover pops open on every car wash... The front tow cover kept popping off... The driver's side door opened up once at highway speeds... The transmission stutters when going up parking ramps and especially noticeable when cold... I could go on and on, but I won't... BMW=NEVER AGAIN!
Edwin (1 month ago)
BMW 2017 why??
Sun Wanasiri (2 months ago)
×1ดูกระป๋องไปเลย..มาเทียบกะxc40...love xc40coollllll😍😍😍
Guntaphid Pongprom (1 month ago)
Smooth Operator (2 months ago)
FACTS-If you replace each of these vehicles badge with a Lexus these 2 would be complaining about EVERYTHING from start to finish.
Eric Bruno (2 months ago)
What I would willing to pay for content wise would be the following: More detail on the interior passenger adjustments, deeper content on the controls and settings available with the infotainment and Nav systems. For example does the car have an easy in/easy out feature for driver and or passenger seats, adjustability of the passenger sites). I have vehicle that it turns out to change the headlight bulbs you have to drop the bumper. Information on easy of routine maintenance. For top level review I would normally not be interested in that level of detail, but I am seriously thinking about the car that detail is of interest to me.
Robert Levinson (2 months ago)
The Auto Stop\Start can be disabled.
Thomas Rock (2 months ago)
So who's the pitcher and who's the catcher?
I Downvote All Ads (2 months ago)
That Volvo looks great except for that c pillar, you could hide an airplane in that blind spot. It take it over the bimmer.
Chad Foust (2 months ago)
I was going to ask if you think the ride on the BMW could be fixed but not having such ridiculously large wheels and then you got to the Volvo! Those things are insane! One pothole in your going to be out five hundred bucks for a wheel and tire
6SpeedTA95 (2 months ago)
"roll-y thing when you're in a corner"???? WTF...why do I watch reviews like this?
6SpeedTA95 (2 months ago)
Another blah review, why did you drive a BMW without the good seats (and then gripe about the seats?) why did you drive one without the parking options and driver assist options and then gripe about not having them?
TubesWidener (18 days ago)
All comes as standard in volvo, city safety with autobraking full stop is standard 8n all volvo cars since 2015
Renaldo Aggrey (2 months ago)
It seems they went for the base model for both cars
Brat Meister (2 months ago)
They're millennials and have to gripe about how bored they are. After hearing this review I'd go with the X1 just so they'd complain that no one does what they want them too.
subu tai (2 months ago)
Wow, two most unreliable european cars comparison
peer (1 month ago)
Alejandritou Angulo (2 months ago)
What is the name of that beautiful blond with a mustache?
Nicholas Smith (2 months ago)
There is no such thing as the letter "zee". There is a letter "zed", though.
colinf1951 (1 month ago)
Nicholas Smith Correct my friend, only those in North American say "ZEE" for the letter "Z" (ZED) Only the North Americans use the "Phonic" sound of the letter for some strange reason, whereas, we the British, who are the true masters of the English language, know how to say this letter correctly, the yanks always think there way is the correct way, but then, they don't know anything else, they were taught this in schools and collages, so it has become "Normal" way to pronounce it, even though it is in fact Incorrect, compared to the original English as given to them by the Irish and British hundreds of years ago. No doubt I will get lots of Americans shouting the odds about how wrong I am lol, but that is because they don't know any different, bless them, ignorance is bliss :-)
There's no such thing as a Nicholas Smith.
Alexey Poleff (2 months ago)
DAVID Y (2 months ago)
Sebastien trying too hard to be Craig Cole .....
TomoQuads (2 months ago)
2 nerd reviewing cars? why!
dygardion 91 (2 months ago)
I know you said the qx30 is a cheap hatchback but these are boring What’s wrong with a luxury hatch??? That’s what all of these damn sub compact “suvs” are Guess if I had to choose between these two it’d be the bmw
jalmonte91 (2 months ago)
I’ll take the new Cadillac XT4 over both of these
Christopher Douglas (2 months ago)
Sebastien, I can’t believe you are still doing the one finger driving trick. Come on, it’s two hands on the wheel, 10 and 3. Pinky driving went out with 1960’s Coupe DeVille’s! I seriously can’t believe Sammy or Jodi haven’t told you this. It’s simply not safe the way you are driving.
Gkoulidis (2 months ago)
Guys you are not actors. So please stop acting like you are. Did you see what I did there?
Blake Swan (2 months ago)
Love these comparison reviews. Great work!
Nikeythm (2 months ago)
Don't compare Mercedes to the Volvo trash.
colinf1951 (1 month ago)
Even if they are partly owned by the same company ! Geely !!!!!
alliejr (2 months ago)
For some reason, modern (last 15 years) BMWs are so harsh and "crashy" as to not be luxury cars in my opinion.
Daniel Tu (2 months ago)
The new XT4
Tyus Robinson (2 months ago)
Blake Swan (2 months ago)
Tyus Robinson (2 months ago)
All those safety features are so unnecessary. And what about the E pace?
Tyus Robinson (2 months ago)
Blake Swan lmao oh well. It still looks nice
Blake Swan (2 months ago)
The E Pace is a whale with horrid build quality
Christian Stewart (2 months ago)
The R design version of the XC40 does have paddle shifters btw
Derek Higgins (2 months ago)
Christian Stewart I have the r design it's a option of 125 pound for the paddles
Mike F (2 months ago)
When this guy Sebastien doesn't like something he shits all over it. Chill out man...doesn't make the review enjoyable. Constructive criticism please.
Marc Scordato (2 months ago)
The Chinese have been good to Volvo. The cash infusion has produced fine cars that are beautiful to behold . I wish someone would have rescued Saab. Scandinavian cars bring something unique to the table .
Christopher Martin (1 month ago)
+Volvo Cub Look at Rover design being bought and sold as Roewe in China. Maybe the Chinese can rescue SAAB as SABA or something similar
markjwil (2 months ago)
Nope. SAAB is dead and the intention for NEVS to build electric cars from the old SAAB 9-3 platform never materialized for mass production. NEVS no longer has the investments needed to restart production in Trollhattan.
Volvo Cub (2 months ago)
Saab car name will never be again. The Swedish electrical company asked for bailout, Saab Aero said the name could never be used if bailouts are given. They took a bailout so now Saab auto will never be. 😢😢
Chili D (2 months ago)
I agree. it’s getting harder to find someone to service my Saab. China tried to buy, but GM ownership at the time wouldn’t sell production tech and rights to Chinese companies. No one else that had the coin stepped up. :( (
Vlad Vld (2 months ago)
SAAB is rescued...they are planning to get back...from China as well...NEVS is goig to be called.. https://www.saabplanet.com/category/saab-news/
Fouad Owais (2 months ago)
You have a big name but not the views to match... many car channels out there are doing much better although they don't have your experience, you're doing something wrong. I say it's time for an Autoguide face lift, or a whole new platform. i'm only saying this because i think you deserve more.
mctaboo (2 months ago)
PLEASE stop overacting.. honestly you don't need it.. Just be yourself.. the both of you please.. with all the love in the world.
Christopher Douglas (2 months ago)
mctaboo Flake Swan is always Mr. Negative. I agree, Sammy and Sebastien appear a little too contrived, but I think this is really the way they are in normal conversation.
mctaboo (2 months ago)
Blake Swan Who they are?!! Are they bad actors? Can someone be naturally overacting 🤣Please use your brain when replying to people's comments.
Blake Swan (2 months ago)
PLEASE don't tell people who they are. Do your ownyoutube channel with this great knowledge.
T H-L (2 months ago)
I still find it funny how Americans think the Japanese can actually produce premium products that are better than European marques 😂
NMB Ale (2 months ago)
T H-L because they can... 😄
darexdarex (2 months ago)
Peugeot, Citroën, and all the rest couldn't cut it here, and left, tail between their legs. Only the Germans remained. The Japanese filled the void. History!
Smooth Operator (2 months ago)
T H-L We find it funny how you’re so foolish to believe that we can be fooled by European products...Been there,done that & Americans know what’s up with these UNRELIABLE pos.😂
Thomas Rock (2 months ago)
Better? Define better. If better means more reliable, then yes... Something like an Acura RDX will be infinitely more reliable than these two cars.
ChokeKOO! (2 months ago)
Well yes, in general, Europeans can't even get the fundamentals like reliability correct. For that reason alone, Japanese luxury brands deliver a more pleasant luxury experience. They don't piss you off with surprise repairs that cost a fortune. The Japanese care far more about the products they make. Objectively, they are just better made cars. What's more, Japanese luxury automakers aren't gamy or gimmicky, and they don't try to bait and switch you, offering you pseudo luxury, and then proceed to nickle and dime you for more genuine luxury. A base BMW X1 or a base BMW 3 Series are hardly luxury cars because they are surprisingly spartan. To get what you want, you have to pay another $10,000 $15,000 more than you would for a similarly equipped Japanese luxury vehicle. The only reason the Europeans get away with this is because too many buyers in this segment don't care, they're just pretentious badge wh0res and posers who only care for image. Also, Autoguide isn't American.
Bob Marley (2 months ago)
Pretty sure both of these cars use the same traverse Aisin 8speed automatic. BMW only uses ZF in their longitudinal models.
Mike Harris (2 months ago)
x1 needs a makeover it looks like a small wagon instead of a suv
Dr Nedim (2 months ago)
6SpeedTA95 (2 months ago)
It is and wagons are great.
Blake Swan (2 months ago)
That's because it is
Akwasi Owusu Antwi (2 months ago)
The bmw ride height is kinda low. I hope it has air suspension
Nicholas Smith (2 months ago)
Akwasi Owusu Antwi plan on off-roading your FWD-based crossover?
Akwasi Owusu Antwi (2 months ago)
BMW X1 looks better Than that ulgy ass Volvo
Josef Foureaux Daelander (2 months ago)
I guess you are comparing two petrol engines, but it's not stated. A diesel gives the BMW a much better fuel economy.
pete (2 months ago)
No diesels on these in North America.
Audi should consider bringing the Q2 to the states.
Billy K (2 months ago)
The new 2019 Q3 will be a killer though!
cntcht (2 months ago)
Volvo all the way.

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