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Used test: BMW X2 vs Volvo XC40 verdict

You can save around £10,000 on either of these prestige family SUVs by buying used, but which should you choose? We have the answer...

Used test: BMW X2 vs Volvo XC40

Our verdict

We like the stylish BMW X2, but it’s the Volvo XC40 that triumphs in this test. 

You see, given that these SUVs will mostly be bought as family cars, it’s hard to ignore the extra space you get inside the XC40 for people and luggage. Real thought has gone into the layout of the interior, and it’s really well screwed together. And it 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.

If you fancy a sportier drive, the X2 is still worth a look. It may be less practical than the X1 on which it’s based, but it’s the cheaper car here to buy, and there’s no finer-handling car in this class. It’s also pretty rapid in a straight line and has a class-leading infotainment system.

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1st – Volvo XC40

Volvo XC40 front studio

For Roomiest; best boot; decent performance; well equipped; comfiest
Against Average infotainment; seats could be more flexible

BMW X2

For Quicker; sharp handling; high-quality interior; top infotainment
Against Cramped rear; not as refined at all speeds; stiff ride; expensive to run; poor visibility

What Car? rating 3 stars out of 5

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Specifications: BMW X2 xDrive20d M Sport

Engine size 2.0-litre diesel
Power 187bhp
Torque 295lb ft
0-60mph 7.6sec
Top speed 137mph
Fuel economy 58.9mpg (Official average)
CO2 emissions 126g/km


Specifications: Volvo XC40 D4 R-Design Pro

Engine size 2.0-litre diesel
Power 187bhp
Torque 295lb ft
0-60mph 8.4sec
Top speed 130mph
Fuel economy 56.5mpg (Official average)
CO2 emissions 133g/km


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