New BMW X2 & Jaguar E-Pace vs Volvo XC40

The BMW X2 and Jaguar E-Pace both look great and promise a sporty drive. But can they topple our reigning Family SUV of the Year, the Volvo XC40?...

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What Car? team
11 May 2017

Our verdict

Despite the best efforts of BMW and Jaguar, the Volvo XC40 triumphs once again. Considering these SUVs will mostly be bought as family cars, it’s hard to ignore the extra space you get inside for people and luggage. Real thought has gone into the layout of the interior, and it’s really well screwed together.

But the XC40 isn’t just a big box; it’s also a fantastically comfortable and refined way of getting from A to B in a totally unflustered manner.

But what if you want to get your blood pumping a little faster on your daily slog? Then it’s worth looking at the X2. It may be pricier and less practical than the X1 on which it’s based, but there’s no finer-handling car in this class. It’s also pretty rapid in a straight line and has class-leading infotainment.

So that leaves the E-Pace in last place. It’s very well equipped, but its fidgety ride, sluggish performance and below-par interior quality prevent it from standing out.

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1st – Volvo XC40

New BMW X2 & Jaguar E-Pace vs Volvo XC40

For Roomiest; best boot; decent performance; well equipped; comfiest

Against Average infotainment; seats could be more flexible

Recommended options Metallic paint (£575), keyless entry (£350), Convenience Pack (£350)

Rated 5 out of 5

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2nd – BMW X2

New BMW X2 & Jaguar E-Pace vs Volvo XC40

For Quick; sharp handling; high-quality interior; top infotainment

Against Cramped rear; least re¬fined at all speeds; stiff ride; expensive to run; poor visibility

Recommended options Metallic paint (£550), Tech Pack (£1260)

Rated 3 out of 5

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3rd – Jaguar E-Pace

New BMW X2 & Jaguar E-Pace vs Volvo XC40

For Lots of safety kit; well equipped; good driving position

Against Jittery ride; sluggish performance; expensive to buy and run; poor interior quality

Recommended options Metallic paint (£615)

Rated 3 out of 5

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Specifications: BMW X2 xDrive20d M Sport

Engine size 4cyl, 1995cc, diesel

List price £37,530

Target Price £37,530

Power 187bhp @ 4000rpm

Torque 295Ib ft @ 1750-2500rpm

Gearbox 8-spd automatic

0-60mph 7.6sec

Top speed 137mph

Gov't fuel economy 58.9mpg

CO2 emissions 126g/km

Specifications: Jaguar E-Pace D180 AWD SE auto

Engine size 4cyl, 1999cc, diesel

List price £39,400

Target Price £39,014

Power 178bhp @ 4000rpm

Torque 317Ib ft @ 1750rpm

Gearbox 9-spd automatic

0-60mph 9.2sec

Top speed 127mph

Gov't fuel economy 50.4mpg

CO2 emissions 147g/km

Specifications: Volvo XC40 D4 R-Design Pro

Engine size 4cyl, 1969cc, diesel

List price £36,870

Target Price £35,036

Power 187bhp @ 4000rpm

Torque 295Ib ft @ 1750-3000rpm

Gearbox 8-spd automatic

0-60mph 8.4sec

Top speed 130mph

Gov't fuel economy 56.5mpg

CO2 emissions 133g/km

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