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

Our Verdict

This is a tough contest, and adding up the stars reveals just how close the final outcome is.

The X1’s punchy engine leads the way for performance, while strong practicality, interior quality and its superb iDrive infotainment system are further highlights. But below-par refinement, a harsh ride and high running costs dull the X1’s lustre, so it has to finish last.

Second spot goes to the Tiguan. It does solidly in most areas, majoring on seating flexibility and equipment. But, while it is comfier than the X1, it’s still far from supple in R-Line form. It also has the least plush interior.

The XC40 doesn’t match the seating flexibility of its rivals, but it’s still a really roomy family SUV. It has a seriously swanky interior, a great driving position and a smoother ride and better refinement than both rivals, too, making it the clear winner here.

Read our review of the all-new Volvo XC40 here

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1st – Volvo XC40

New Volvo XC40 vs BMW X1 vs Volkswagen Tiguan

For Supple ride; most refined; best driving position; quality interior; safety kit

Against Fiddly infotainment; road noise; so-so handling

What Car? says five out of five

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2nd – Volkswagen Tiguan

New Volvo XC40 vs BMW X1 vs Volkswagen Tiguan

For Tidy handling; sliding and reclining rear seats; most standard kit; comfiest in the rear

Against Jiggly ride; boomy engine; least plush interior

What Car? says four out of five

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3rd – BMW X1

New Volvo XC40 vs BMW X1 vs Volkswagen Tiguan

For Biggest boot; seating flexibility; superb infotainment; best performance; smart interior finish

Against Harsh ride; too much road noise; least safety kit

What Car? says four out of five

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Volvo XC40 2.0 D4 AWD R-Design Pro

Engine size 2.0-litre diesel

List price when new £36,555

Price today £30,000*

Power 187bhp @ 4000rpm

Torque 295lb ft @ 1750-2500rpm

0-60mph 8.2sec

Top speed 130mph

Fuel economy 56.5mpg (NEDC official average)

CO2 emissions 133g/km


Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0 TDI 190 4Motion R-Line DSG

Engine size 2.0-litre diesel

List price when new £37,100

Price today £28,000*

Power 187bhp @ 3500-4000rpm

Torque 295lb ft @ 1950-3300rpm

0-60mph 8.4sec

Top speed 131mph

Fuel economy 49.4mpg (NEDC official average)

CO2 emissions 149g/km


BMW X1 xDrive25d M Sport

Engine size 2.0-litre diesel

List price when new £37,780

Price today £25,000*

Power 228bhp @ 4400rpm

Torque 332lb ft @ 1500-3000rpm

0-60mph 6.8sec

Top speed 146mph

Fuel economy 56.5mpg (NEDC official average)

CO2 emissions 132g/km

*Price today is based on a 2018 model with average mileage and full service history, correct at the time of writing