Which Volvo SUV is Right for You?

Explore and compare new Volvo SUVs at Fairfax Volvo Cars, near Washington DC

If you're shopping for a new vehicle with extra passenger and cargo space, you'll find no shortage of options in the industry's myriad SUV segments. But while just about any crossover can provide a little more versatility for your Fairfax or Washington DC commute, few can match the sophisticated style and upscale accommodations of Volvo's luxury SUV lineup. In addition to their roomy cabins and flexible utility, Volvo SUVs offer an abundance of premium amenities and tech features, including a full array of advanced driving aids as standard equipment. They're also enjoyable to drive, with engaging handling and potent powertrains, including Volvo Recharge all-electric and plug-in hybrid options.

But what really separates these luxury SUVs from their class competitors is the peerless refinement of Volvo's signature Scandinavian design and craftsmanship, making models like the XC40, XC60, and XC90 among the most compelling options in their respective classes. But which one is right for your Fairfax VA drives? To help you search, we've provided a quick overview of their notable and distinguishing attributes.

Volvo XC40

If you're in the market for a luxury SUV with practical cargo space but need something more maneuverable to suit your Washington DC commute, Fairfax Volvo Cars invites you to consider the Volvo XC40. As a subcompact crossover, it offers agile handling and a convenient physical footprint, giving it excellent maneuverability for busy streets and crowded parking lots. But despite its diminutive designation, the XC40 makes great use of its interior space, with roomy seating for five and configurable cargo space thanks to the easy-to-fold rear seats.

The Volvo XC40 is set in motion by three capable powertrain options. The base T4 is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that powers the front wheels 187 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque. By stepping up to the T5, Fairfax drivers will get a higher-tuned version of the same engine (248 hp and 258 lb-ft) and standard all-wheel drive. An eight-speed automatic transmission handles the gear changes for all gas-powered Volvo models. And for luxury car shoppers seeking an emissions-free daily driver, there's the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric, which features a 78-kWh lithium-ion battery powering a pair of electric motors (one for each axle). Boasting a combined 402 hp and 487 lb-ft torque, this small AWD luxury SUV can reach 60 mph from a standstill in under 4.7 seconds and has an EPA-estimated range of 208 miles.

The XC40 also comes generously equipped across its lineup. Standard features include leather upholstery, a power liftgate, keyless proximity entry, an eight-way power driver's seat, a 12.3-inch Digital Driver Display, and a 9-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. And like all Volvo SUVs, the XC40 comes standard with a full suite of IntelliSafe driver-assistance technologies, including:

  • Volvo City Safety (forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking)
  • Blind Spot Information System (BLIS™ )
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Lane Keeping Aid
  • Road Sign Information
  • Steering-adaptive LED headlights
  • Automatic high beams

Volvo XC60

For Fairfax drivers seeking a roomier luxury SUV that still maintains city-friendly dimensions, the Volvo XC60 is an excellent option. As a premium compact crossover, the XC60 is a little more than ten inches longer than its XC40 sibling, leveraging the extra length to provide more passenger legroom and increased cargo capacity (up to 63.3 cubic feet). And along with its larger size, the XC60 also includes a longer list of standard features, adding dual-zone automatic climate control, a hands-free liftgate, a panoramic sunroof, a 10-speaker premium audio system, and heated front seats for AWD models.

Three engine options are available to provide the XC60's internal motivation, including an energetic yet efficient plug-in hybrid:

  • T5: The XC60's base engine is a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder that sends 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque to the front wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. AWD is available as an option and adds heated front seats to the standard features list.

  • T6: The T6 features a 2.0L twin-charged engine (turbocharged and supercharged) that boosts output to 316 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. All-wheel drive is standard.

  • Recharge: Previously known as the T8, the AWD XC60 Recharge plug-in hybrid pairs a rear-axle motor with the twincharged engine for a total output of 400 horsepower and 472 pound-feet of torque. The 11.6 kWh battery provides an EPA-estimated electric-only range of 19 miles, with some publications achieving as much as 32 miles.*

Volvo XC90

If you've got a larger family to transport and need additional space and seatbelts, the Volvo XC90 is an excellent choice. This midsize three-row luxury SUV provides roomy accommodations for seven people and up to 85.7 cubic feet of max cargo capacity. And if you don't need the extra seatbelt, you can further open up the interior space and get easier access to the back seats with the available second-row captain's chairs.

The XC90 offers the same engine options as the XC60, with only a slight decrease in fuel economy and all-electric range for the XC90 Recharge plug-in hybrid. And as Volvo's flagship model, the XC90 offers even more premium amenities for the base model, including four-zone automatic climate control, wireless smartphone charging, and Volvo Pilot Assist semi-autonomous driving with Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Centering.

Volvo XC40 / Volvo XC40 Recharge

Volvo XC60

Volvo XC90

Seating for



Cargo Space
57.5 cubic feet

63.3 cubic feet

85.7 cubic feet

Dimensions (L x H x W)
174.2 x 73.3 x 65.3 (in.)

184.6 x 74.9 x 65.3 (in.)

194.9 x 79.1 x 69.9 (in.)

Headroom (1st / 2nd / 3rd Row)
39.0 / 39.1 (in.)

38.0 / 38.0 (in.)

38.9 / 38.5 / 36.3 (in.)

Legroom (1st / 2nd / 3rd row)
40.9 / 36.1 (in.)

41.5 / 38.0 (in.)

40.9 / 37.0 / 31.9 (in.)

T4: 187
T5: 248
Recharge: 402

T5: 250
T6: 316
Recharge: 400

T5: 250
T6: 316
Recharge: 400

MPG Combined or MGPe / Electric-only Range
T4 (FWD): 26
T5 (AWD): 25
Recharge (AWD): 208 miles

T5 (FWD/AWD) 26/24
T6 (AWD): 23
Recharge (AWD): 57 / 19 miles

T5 (FWD/AWD) : 25/23
T6 (AWD): 22
Recharge (AWD): 55 / 18 miles

Towing Capacity
3,500 pounds (T4/T5)
3307 lbs (Recharge)

3,500 pounds

4,000 pounds (T5/T7)
5,000 pounds (Recharge)

Test-drive a new Volvo SUV in Fairfax, VA, near Chantilly, Springfield, and Woodbridge

For more information about Volvo SUVs and available trim levels, options, and special financing opportunities, please get in touch with Fairfax Volvo Cars at your convenience. And if you'd like to get behind the wheel to explore the premium accommodations, amenities, driving dynamics for yourself, we welcome you to visit our Volvo dealership near Washington DC for a test drive. We'll be happy to show you around.

*Driving Electric. https://www.drivingelectric.com/volvo/xc60/range. 6/21/2021.

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