So what do these high-priced high-riders have to offer?
Their active safety bits include autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, rear view camera (full 360 degree imaging on the BMW), and bending lights with auto high beams. The X5 also adds a powered tailgate, head-up display, and its web-connected infotainment system while the XC90 has four-zone climate air, both blind spot and rear cross traffic monitoring, along with full LED headlights and two extra seats. As with most Euros at this end of the scale, the list price is just the beginning before you start adding more. It’s a like a fine dining experience. Want potatoes with your $56 aged angus eye filet? That’ll be extra sir. But those mashed spuds will likely be the best you’ve ever had. And so these two came with a few extras, the Volvo totalling $127k, the BMW $144k. The Volvo had the optional Sports Pack with smart key, 22-inch alloys, and tints for $4,290, air springs ($3990), heated seats ($450), premium B&W sound ($3990) and Polestar tuning which adds 11kW and 40Nm for an extra $2070. The X5 had the M Sport kit, a popular option for $5500 that adds 20-inch wheels, a sporting treatment for the cabin and exterior and M variable dampers. Other additions included comfort seats ($1500), active cruise with stop and go function ($3300, and this costs $1390 on the Volvo, and includes active lane keeping), an upgraded Harman Kardon audio ($1500), Speed Limit Info for $900 (standard on Volvo), and a smart key ($1200). BMW couldn’t beat them so joined the rest by dropping its drive-away pricing strategy, but you will get three years of scheduled servicing with the BMW, whereas a three-year service plan for the XC90 is an extra $2000. Still, the Volvo is ahead on value.