So what do these high-priced high-rid­ers have to of­fer?

NZ Autocar - - New Arrival -

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.

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