The 2021 Volvo XC60 offers a tough competition with its best in class interior, modern technology, and comfortable seating. Its refined transmission and balanced handling is appeasing to many riders. XC60 provides ample creature comfort to enjoy long rides. It ranks in the top half in the compact luxury class.

The 2021 Nissan Murano takes care of rider's comfort but fails to match its rival's sharper handling and modern cabin styling. It ranks in the bottom third of midsize SUV rankings.

Design & Style

The Murano is a 5-seater with ample head- and leg-room. You can comfortably seat in either of its two rows and stretch easily. You can ride for an extended period without feeling tired. You can also find some premium quality material used in its cabin, however, the design feels stale and the lackluster components fail to impress.

The XC60 can comfortably accommodate up to five occupants. It blasts past its competition with its lavish interior and use of superior quality materials. The simple styling, roomy interior, and premium components gives it a luxury touch that can be hard to match by most of its rival models.

Technology & Safety

The 2021 Munran comes standard with NissanConnect infotainment. Its standard utility features do not disappoint. Both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are present and voice recognition is also enabled. It has a fairly easy to use interface with a 8-inch touch screen and some physical buttons too. Its standard safety features include automatic emergency braking, drowsiness monitoring, and collision warning, and so on.

Volvo XC60 features a Sensus infotainment system that has a 9-inch touch screen and a user-friendly interface. The vertically oriented touch screen controls all the function in the Volvo. The screen has a crisp graphic and well placed on-screen buttons. Its 14-speaker Harman Kardon sound system makes the music lovers content. It also has a number of driver assistance features such as lane keep assist, traffic sign recognition, oncoming lane mitigation, drowsiness monitoring, etc. Further, its safety system also scans for pedestrians, large animals, and intersections. In terms of technology it matches to the high standard in its class.


The standard Murano engine delivers 260-hp with its V6 engine. It is slow to speed up from a stop, but once it catches speed it offers a smooth ride. You will have no problem maneuvering though the traffic but the acceleration may feel inadequate when trying to surpass other vehicles on highways. Its transmission is fairly smooth.

The XC90 offers four powertrain choices. The base trim has a T5 engine that delivers 250-hp that feels plenty in most occasions. However, the T6 supercharged four cylinders or T8 hybrid powertrains never let you down even while passing other vehicles on highways. Its 415-hp feels more than adequate and gives you rapid acceleration capability.

The Bottom Line

The 2021 Volvo XC60 has an interior that feels fresh and filled with premium materials. Its noise-free cabin and the soft touches make you feel really good while riding. It offers a relaxed ride and ample power to takeover other vehicles at high speed. Murano's V6 engine, on the other hand, fails to deliver enough power and acceleration.

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