Volvo XC40 SUV Competitive Comparison

Volvo XC40 vs. Audi Q3, Lexus UX, and BMW X1

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With its classy cabin, flexible cargo capacity, and sporty yet sophisticated style, the Volvo XC40 is an excellent choice for Seattle drivers seeking luxury and practicality with a city-friendly footprint. It offers engaging performance, a smooth ride, and a generous list of standard amenities. And Volvo's signature Scandinavian craftsmanship makes it one of the most appealing options in its class.

While there is no shortage of options in the subcompact luxury crossover segment, the Volvo XC40 delivers a well-rounded, premium experience that's tough to top. Here's a quick look at how it compares in a few important areas to three prominent class competitors, the Audi Q3, Lexus UX, and BMW X1.

Volvo XC40 vs. Audi Q3

  • The XC40's base B4 mild-hybrid powertrain (194 horsepower) offers a slight power increase over the Audi Q3 40 TFSI (187 hp). And if you're seeking a small SUV with more zip, the XC40's 247-hp B5 outguns the 228-hp Q3 45 TFSI. Looking to go emissions-free for your Seattle commute? The XC40 Recharge makes a pure-electric 402 horsepower and 486 pound-feet of torque and offers an EPA-estimated 223 miles of range. The Q3 doesn't have an electric-only option.

  • The Volvo XC40 and Audi Q3 are evenly matched for passenger volume, with the XC40 offering a bit more front legroom. However, if cargo capacity is a high priority, the XC40 wins outright with 57.5 cubic feet to the Q3's 48.

  • The XC40 comes standard with many features that require a higher trim level on the Q3 or aren't available. Notable examples include Lane Keeping Aid, a 12-inch digital gauge cluster, integrated navigation, Road Sign Information, and rear automatic braking.

Volvo XC40 vs. Lexus UX

  • The Volvo XC40 is impressively spacious for its class, especially for back-seat passengers. Compared to the Lexus UX, the XC40 has three inches more rear legroom, two inches more rear headroom, and 3.4 inches more rear shoulder room. The difference is even more apparent when comparing cargo capacity. The XC40 has 21 cubic feet behind the second row and 57.4 with the rear seats folded. The Lexus UX's cargo measurements top out at 17 and 40.4 cubic feet.

  • The Volvo XC40 base B4 engine makes 194 horsepower, while the Lexus UX's only powertrain produces 181 horsepower. If you want a small SUV with more internal motivation, the XC40 B5 increases output to 247 horsepower, while the pure-electric XC40 Recharge makes 401 horsepower. The Lexus UX doesn't offer an upgraded powertrain option.

  • Both models offer nicely equipped trim levels; however, the XC40 comes standard with several amenities that are only options in the Lexus UX, if they're available at all. Examples include an auto-dimming rearview mirror, adaptive power steering, rain-sensing wipers, heated front seats, and driver position memory.

Volvo XC40 vs. BMW X1

  • The Volvo XC40 offers several powertrain configurations, including a 247-horsepower B5 and 402-horsepower pure-electric Recharge. The BMW X1's 241-horsepower engine is its only option.

  • The Volvo XC40 ensures a well-equipped luxury experience no matter which trim level you select. It comes standard with heated front seats, auto-dimming mirrors, driver position memory, and your choice of leather or premium textile upholstery. It also includes driver-assistance features like Lane Keeping Aid and rear automatic braking. You have to pay more to get these features in the BMW X1.

Test-Drive a New Volvo XC40 near Seattle

Reach out to Volvo Cars Tacoma to learn more about the Volvo XC40's available configuration options, financing offers, and reservation opportunities. If you'd like to experience any of our new Volvo models firsthand, we welcome you to schedule a test drive or visit our Seattle-area dealership in Fife at your convenience. It will be our pleasure to assist you.

2021 Volvo XC40 FWD

2021 Audi Q3 AWD

2021 BMW X1 FWD

2021 Mercedes GLB RWD

2021 Lexus UX FWD

Starting MSRP$33,700$36,000$35,400$38,050$32,300
Full LED w/ Active Bending LightsStandardNot AvailableOptionalOptionalOptional
Standard UpholsteryLeatherLeatherLeatheretteLeatheretteLeatherette
Rear Collision MitigationStandardOptionalNot AvailableOptionalOptional
Active BLISStandardOptionalNot AvailableOptionalOptional
Active Lane DepartureStandardWarning OnlyWarning OnlyOptionalStandard
Power Folding Exterior MirrorsStandardOptionalOptionalOptionalNot Available
Spare TireStandardStandardOptionalNot AvailableNot Available
Post Collision Brake AssistStandardNot AvailableNot AvailableOptionalNot Available
Auto-Dimming Exterior MirrorsStandardOptional*Optional*Optional*Not Available
Auto-Dimming Rearview MirrorsStandardOptionalOptionalOptionalOptional
Warranty Maintenance36 mo./36K036 mo./36K012 mo./10K
Width80.1 / 75.279.7 / 72.881.1 / 71.779.5 / 72.272.4
39.0 / 39.139.6 / 37.641.9 / 39.440.7 / 39.337.2 / 36.3
40.9 / 36.140.0 / 36.140.4 / 37.041.1 / 38.142.0 / 33.1
Shoulder Room
56.7 / 56.356.7 / 55.155.6 / 55.255.9 / 54.955.0 / 52.9
Curb Weight3,6273,9163,5673,6383,307
MPG (City/Hwy/Combined)23 / 32 / 2622 / 30 / 2524 / 33 / 2723 / 31 / 2629 / 37 / 33
Source: Data is from Autoplanner (October 2020) for all car models shown.
*Driver Side Only

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