Volvo XC40 Competitive Comparison

2020 Volvo XC40

2020 Audi Q3

2020 BMW X1

2020 Mercedes GLB

Base MSRP$33,700$34,700 $35,200$36,600
Remote Engine StartStandardNot AvailableNot AvailableStandard
Lane Keeping AidStandard$1,600Warning Only$2,250
Road Sign InformationStandardNot AvailableStandard$1,150
Digital Driver Information Display12.3"10.25"Analog7"
Post Collision Brake AssistStandardNot AvailableNot Available$2,250
Driver Side Mirror TiltStandardNot AvailableNot Available$2,250
Power Child LocksStandardStandardManualManual
Spare TireStandardStandard$150Not Available
(with and without mirrors)
80.1 / 75.279.7 / 72.881.1 / 71.779.5 / 72.2
Headroom (F/R)39.1 / 39.339.6 / 37.641.9 / 39.440.7 / 39.3 / 34.8
Legroom (F/R)40.9 / 36.140.0 / 36.140.4 / 37.041.1 / 38.1 / 29.1
Shoulder Room (F/R)56.7 / 56.356.7 / 55.155.6 / 55.255.9 / 54.9 / 43.8
Curb Weight3,7303,9053,554N/A
MPG (City/Hwy/Combined)23 / 33 / 2719 / 27 / 2224 / 33 / 2723 / 30 / 26

Compare Small Luxury SUVs near Fairfax, VA, and Washington D.C.: Volvo XC40 vs. Audi Q3, BMW X1, and Mercedes-Benz GLB

If you're seeking a luxury vehicle with added practicality but without the increased space requirements of a larger SUV, a subcompact crossover like the Volvo XC40 could be the perfect fit. The newest and smallest luxury SUV in Volvo's lineup, the XC40 seamlessly blends upscale accommodations, versatile utility, and impressive maneuverability. It offers spacious and configurable accommodations for passengers and cargo, and its relatively diminutive dimensions allow for comfortable navigation of busy streets and crowded parking lots.

Of course, drivers in the Washington D.C. area have multiple options when shopping for a small luxury SUV. However, few can match the XC40's mix of drivability, sophistication, and wealth of features. Here's a look at how the Volvo XC40 compares to three of its most prominent competitors, the Audi Q3, BMW X1, and Mercedes-Benz GLB.

Volvo XC40 vs. Audi Q3

  • Performance and Efficiency: The Volvo XC40 offers Fairfax drivers a choice of two capable powertrains, including the potent T5. This turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine produces 248 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The T5 distributes power to the standard all-wheel-drive system via an 8-speed automatic transmission and achieves EPA-estimated efficiency ratings of 22 mpg city, 30 mpg highway, and 25 mpg combined. The Audi Q3 has just on 228-horsepower engine. And even though it's less powerful, it's also less efficient, achieving an EPA-estimated 19 mpg city, 27 mpg highway, and 22 mpg combined.

  • Versatility: The Volvo XC40's 60/40-split rear seats can fold on either side, providing a maximum cargo capacity of 57.5 cubic feet. The Audi Q3 falls short, with a maximum of 48 cubic feet. It also lacks some of the useful small-item cabin storage compartments that the XC40 offers.

  • Standard Safety Features: The Volvo XC40 comes standard with many IntelliSafe driver-assistance technologies, including collision mitigation with pedestrian detection, Lane Keeping Aid, Run-off Road Mitigation, Road Sign Detection, and automatic high beams. And for the 2021 model year, Blind Spot Information System with Rear Cross Traffic Alert. The Audi Q3's base tier only includes collision mitigation. The rest of the features are limited to upper trims and options.

Volvo XC40 vs. BMW X1

  • Infotainment System: Both models feature large central touchscreens with intuitive smartphone integration. However, the XC40 offers both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The BMW X1 doesn't support Android Auto. And after an initial trial, the German automaker charges a yearly subscription to use Apple CarPlay.

  • Performance: Two engine options are available to provide the XC40's internal motivation, including the 248-horsepower T5. And beginning in late 2020, Volvo will release the all-electric XC40 Recharge, which is rated at 408 horsepower and 486 pound-feet of torque. The BMW X1 has just a single 228-horsepower engine. Additionally, the XC40's taller ground clearance and greater approach and departure angles give it more off-road capability than the X1.

  • Safety Features: The XC40 comes standard with many driver aids, including collision mitigation, lane-keeping assist, run off-road mitigation, and for 2021, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. The X1 comes standard with collision mitigation and lane-departure warning. However, lane-keeping aid and blind-spot monitoring are not even available options.

Volvo XC40 vs. Mercedes-Benz GLB

  • Safety: The XC40 exhibits Volvo's unequaled commitment to safety and innovation. Many competitors can't match the XC40's standard feature list, and the GLB is no exception. The GLB comes standard with automatic emergency braking, but it reserves its remaining safety features as expensive add-ons.

  • Interior Design: The XC40 is an excellent example of the sophistication and refinement of Volvo's signature Scandinavian design language. It blends luxury, technology, and utility with a minimalist aesthetic. The GLB's interior appears cluttered, by comparison, taking the focus away from the driving experience.

  • Value: The Volvo XC40 offers more standard features, more refined accommodations, and a stronger engine (248 vs. 221 horsepower). Still, it's available for thousands of dollars less than the Mercedes-Benz GLB.

Test Drive the New Volvo XC40 near Washington D.C. and Fairfax, VA

For more information about the Volvo XC40 and its available trims, options, and special offers, please contact Fairfax Volvo Cars at your convenience. And if you'd like to experience for yourself what separates the XC40 from the competition, we invite you to visit us for a test drive. We'll be happy to give you a tour.