Used test: BMW X1 vs Volkswagen Tiguan vs Volvo XC40

German family SUVs such as the Volkswagen Tiguan and BMW X1 are great used buys, but can the safe, stylish and Swedish Volvo XC40 beat them?...

New Volvo XC40 vs BMW X1 vs Volkswagen Tiguan

What will they cost? 

The BMW X1 looks to be a veritable bargain at £25,000, compared with the £28,000 you’ll need for a Tiguan, or the £30,000 required for an XC40. However, the X1 was always predicted to have worse residual values which means it’ll continue to drop money over the course of ownership, so going for the BMW may end up costing you more in the long run.

New Volvo XC40 vs BMW X1 vs Volkswagen Tiguan

You'll also fork out more to insure the BMW because it sits in group 34, which is a far higher group than the Volvo in group 30 or the Volkswagen in 21. At least the BMW should have the lowest servicing costs, followed by the Volkswagen and then the Volvo. None of these examples cost over £40,000 when new, so all will be charged the flat-rate fee of £145 for yearly road tax. To find out more about the current road tax costs, click here.

All three come with plenty of standard kit, the key differences being that the X1 is the only one that gets a powered tailgate and the XC40 has an electric driver’s seat, while the Tiguan has the most luxury goodies when you factor in its standard adaptive cruise control and sunroof.

New Volvo XC40 vs BMW X1 vs Volkswagen Tiguan

We would definitely recommend looking out for the Convenience Pack on the XC40. This includes power folding rear head rests and a boot floor that can be hinged up to reveal hooks from which you can hang shopping bags.

Safety experts Euro NCAP awarded the XC40 a maximum score of five stars, matching the X1 and Tiguan. The XC40 is the best at protecting front-seat occupants, while the X1 is better for pedestrian protection due to its active pop-up bonnet. All three get automatic emergency braking as standard, while both the XC40 and Tiguan add traffic sign recognition and lane-keeping assistance. These features are optional on the X1.

New Volvo XC40 vs BMW X1 vs Volkswagen Tiguan

According to the latest What Car? Reliability survey, the XC40 is the most dependable car of the trio since it finished in second place in a class of 21 family SUVS. The Tiguan came seventh, with the X1 ranking 12th. 


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