2021 Volvo XC40

MSRP $34,345 - $42,450

Ranked #5 in Subcompact Suv

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2021 Volvo XC40 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 3, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Volvo XC40 brings the best bits of the brand’s technology and design elements in a subcompact luxury SUV package. Though the XC40 is entry-level compared to its bigger siblings like the XC60 and the XC90, the SUV doesn’t lack even a bit in terms of cutting-edge technology and luxury. With its 2021 iteration, the XC40 brings plenty of new features to the table, like its vertically oriented touchscreen, exquisite leather-appointed seats, and incredible interior versatility.

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Pros

A long list of tech features including safety techs

Innovative and comfortable cabin

Unique exterior styling with options

Class-leading safety suite

Cons

Sub-par reliability

Not so efficient powertrains

Confusing infotainment interface

What's New?

New LED headlights and DRLs

More standard safety features

Heated rear-seats not made available

All-new fully-electric Recharge model 


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$34345

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

130 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

120 cu.in.

horsepower

187 hp @ 4700 rpm

torque

221 lb-ft @ 1400 rpm

transmission

8 speed automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

13.6/11.9 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

106.4 in.

length

174.2 in.

width

75.2 in.

height

65.3 in.

curb weight

3574 lbs.

ground clearance

5.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

95 cu ft.

cargo volume

47.2 cu ft.

towing capacity

3500 lbs.

payload capacity

925 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.7 sec.

zero to 100 mph

16.4 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.1 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

173 ft.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

T4 Momentum$34,345 onwards

T5 Momentum$36,345 onwards

T4 R-Design$39,950 onwards

T5 Inscription$42,450 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Volvo XC40 in Alpine White color
Alpine White

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

8.5

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

8.5

Safety

8.0

Competition

7.5

7.8

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.8

Overall Rating


All these desirable traits make the XC40 the perfect contender for the urban SUV of the year. But the competition isn’t that forgiving either, with stellar SUVs like the Mercedes-Benz GLA-class, the BMW X1, and the Audi Q3 breathing right down the neck of the Volvo. However, Volvo has no plans of throwing in the towel as it also introduces an all-new XC40 Recharge plug-in hybrid model to join the rest of the impressive lineup. So can the 2021 Volvo XC40 dominate the sales charts with its bold personality and futuristic features? Let’s find out. 

2021 Volvo XC40 SUV Front View
2021 Volvo XC40 SUV Rear View

8.5/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

8.5/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety

7.5/10
Competition


2021 Volvo XC40 Features

The 2021 Volvo XC40 is offered in a range of 3 trims, with each trim catering to a different set of customers. The base trim is called Momentum, while the next trim level is called R-Design which is aimed to offer sporty driving dynamics. The top-of-the-line Inscription trim is the epitome of the XC40 lineup. An overview of all the features of the Volvo XC40 is showcased in the table below:

Trim

Momentum 

R-Design

Inscription

MSRP (FWD)

$33,700

$38,950

$39,450

MSRP (AWD)

$35,700

$40,950

$41,450

Key Features

Bright Aluminium roof rails

In addition to or replaces Momentum trim features with:

In addition to or replaces R-Design trim features with:

 

18-inch 5-Spoke Silver Alloy wheels

18-inch 5 double-spoke matt black diamond-cut alloy wheels

Inscription front grille

 

Urban Grid inlays

High-gloss black grille with horizontal mesh

Laminated panoramic moonroof with power sunshade

 

Contrasting white roof

R-Design sport steering wheel

Hands-free power tailgate

 

12.3-inch Digital Driver Display

Charcoal leather/nubuck textile upholstery

Crystal Geartronic gear shift knob

 

Leather upholstery

Cutting Edge inlays

Removable/folding load floor

 

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration

Gloss black skid plate, door mirror housings, roof rails

 

Which Trim should you buy?

We will recommend the 2021 Volvo XC40 Momentum trim equipped with the all-wheel-drive drivetrain for the best value for your budget. Not only does it feature a more powerful T5 powertrain, but it also gets all the standard features within the base trim like leather-appointed seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, and unique style bits like roof rails and white roof.

2021 Volvo XC40 Engine and Performance

8.5/10

The 2021 Volvo XC40 engine is a turbocharged old-school 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that whips out 187 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque. Volvo pairs this robust T4 engine to an 8-speed automatic transmission that makes the SUV quite athletic with its efficient power distribution. Power is sent to the front wheels as standard with the T4 powertrain.

2021 Volvo XC40 SUV In Acceleration Mode

A more powerful T5 powertrain is also available, which is the same 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine in a better version. It propels the SUV with a power output of 248 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. This engine is coupled exclusively to the all-wheel drivetrain. The XC40 boasts of a towing capacity of a stern 3500 pounds, which is quite a rare and impressive feat for a subcompact luxury SUV.

Models

2021 Volvo XC40

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250

2021 BMW X1

2021 Audi Q3

MSRP

$33700

$36230

$35400

$34000

Engine

2.0-liter Turbocharged Inline-4

2.0-liter Turbocharged Premium Inline-4

2.0-liter Turbocharged Premium Inline-4

2.0-liter Turbocharged Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

AWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic w/OD

8-speed auto-shift manual w/OD

8-speed automatic w/OD

8-speed automatic w/OD

Power (hp @ RPM

187 @ 4700

221 @ 5500

228 @ 5000

184 @ 4800

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

221 @ 1400

258 @ 1800

258 @ 1800

221 @ 3500

0-60 MPH (seconds)

6.2

6.8

6.4

7

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

14.8

15.1

14.9

15.7

Top-Speed (MPH)

131

130

129

132

The Volvo XC40 lags behind its rivals in the power charts when you only consider its base T4 powertrain. However, with its robust T5 variant, the XC40 gallops ahead of its closest rivals like the Mercedes-Benz GLA-class and the BMW X1 in terms of horsepower. The XC40’s prowess with this powertrain is evident in the speed and acceleration charts as well, as the Volvo finishes ahead of every rival with its impressive 0-60 and quarter-mile times of 6.2 seconds and 14.8 seconds. Next to it in the rankings is the 2021 X1 that takes 6.4 seconds and 14.9 seconds in similar feats. 

How well does the 2021 Volvo XC40 handle?

The 2021 Volvo XC40 is an engaging SUV to drive around town. Handling is pretty smooth to the feel and the SUV scales tight corners with ease. The engine does give off a coarse sound while under heavy throttle. Nevertheless, the 8-speed automatic gearbox acts instantaneously to the driver’s inputs.

The cabin remains stable and quiet even while cruising at high speeds. The overall ride quality feels firm and controlled. While the XC40 is a sporty SUV in its sense, it doesn’t offer the thrills and adrenaline that you would get by driving more higher-end performance SUVs. The suspension setup takes care of small undulations and road crevices pretty smoothly. However, watch out for large bumps on the road though, as the ride quality may quickly transition from smooth to bumpy.

Braking Performance

The heavy curb weight of the Volvo XC40 demands an equally thick and efficient braking setup to maximize the safety quotient. The 13.6-inch front brake rotor and 11.9-inch rear brake rotor are more than capable of carrying the whole weight of the XC40 on their shoulders.

2021 Volvo XC40 SUV Wheel

The brakes feel firm and safe while cruising on city streets and highways. Panic braking is taken care of by braking assistance techs like ABS and automatic emergency braking. When decelerating from the 60mph mark, the 2021 XC40 covers 122ft, which is the shortest in the segment.

Models

2021 Volvo XC40

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250

2021 BMW X1

2021 Audi Q3

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

13.6

12.6

NA

13.4

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

11.9

11.6

NA

11.8

Curb Weight (lbs)

3574

N/A

3554

3902

60-0 (feet)

122

138

122

125

The BMW X1 and the Volvo XC40 are absolute neck-to-neck in the braking department. Both the SUVs finish with an above-average 60-0 braking distance of 122 feet. The Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 has the most disappointing braking performance and covers the maximum distance of 138ft before coming to a halt. The Audi Q3 trails both the X1 and the XC40 closely with its 125 ft of stopping distance, credits to its sizable rotors that measure 13.4 and 11.8 inches at the front and back, respectively.

2021 Volvo XC40 Fuel Economy

7.0/10

The 2021 Volvo XC40 fuel economy ratings are decent at the most. The SUV can stroll for 23 miles in the city using a gallon of fuel and 32 miles on the highway with the T4 powertrain. Thus, the SUV returns a decent combined MPG of 32. With its fuel tank capacity of 14.2 gallons, the mileage equates to a figure of 524/690/580 miles on city/highway/combined.

When equipped with the T5 powertrain, the fuel economy figures fare slightly worse than the T4 variant. The T5 XC40 returns a reduced MPG of 22 in the city and 30 on the highway, leading to a combined MPG of 25. Still, in an overall picture, the XC40 offers decent fuel economy figures for the class. Although it won’t be labeled as efficient in the mind of a conscious buyer, it is still adequate to get you through most of your daily endeavors.

Models

2021 Volvo XC40

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250

2021 BMW X1

2021 Audi Q3

MPG (City)

23

25

24

22

MPG (Highway)

32

34

33

30

MPG (Combined)

26

28

27

25

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

14.2

12.7

16.1

15.9

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

326.6/454.4/369.2

317.5/431.8/355.6

386.4/531.3/434.7

349.8/477/397.5

The 2021 Volvo XC40 sits in the middle ground of its segment when it comes to fuel economy. The 2021 BMW X1 leads the way in its segment with its class-leading mileage, although the Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 fares slightly better with its MPG ratings averaging a combined efficiency of 28 MPG. Despite its sizable fuel tank, the 2021 Audi Q3 loses out in the aspect.

2021 Volvo XC40 Interior

8.0/10

The 2021 Volvo XC40 interior dimensions are decent and at par with the rivals in the segment. Volvo hits the ball out of the park with its upscale interiors featuring a harmonic symphony of sporty design and Swedish elegance. Almost every interior element inside the SUV has a distinct intuitive feel to it, complementing the minimalistic design of the cabin. The youthful aura of the XC40 can be felt strongly once you catch a glimpse of the optional blaze-orange carpeting, textured metallic trimmings instead of the usual wood inlays in most SUVs, and the rectilinear air vents with floating chrome adjusters. The flagship-end Inscription trim highlights its opulence with its driftwood trimmings and a precious shift knob composed of Orrefors crystal.

2021 Volvo XC40 SUV Seats

For your comfort, the leather front seats are comfortable and well-sculpted for an individual of any size. In the back, the passengers will have plenty of room and adjustability options to make themselves feel comfortable. The seats are hosted high off the ground, which makes them ideal for long-distance trips as well. The XC40 is also an incredibly versatile SUV when it comes to small storage amenities, as every nook and corner of the SUV features flexible storage options like bag hooks, large door bins, and hidden compartments.

Models

2021 Volvo XC40

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250

2021 BMW X1

2021 Audi Q3

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

37.6/56.7/40.9

40.8/55.9/41.1

40.4/55.6/40.4

39.6/56.7/40

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

38.3/56.3/36.1

38.1/54.8/38.4

38.2/55.2/37

37.6/55.1/36.1

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

20.7

15.4

27.1

23.7

In terms of interior passenger space, all the crossovers are neck-to-neck with their interior dimensions. However, the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class takes the onus in terms of interior dimensions. The Audi Q3 and the BMW X1 battle it out at the top when it comes to the maximum cargo space offered with both offering trunk volumes of 23.7 and 27.1 cubic feet, respectively.

The best interior features offered inside the Volvo XC40 are:

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Proximity keyless entry
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated front seats with 4-way power lumbar

What’s there to keep you entertained?

Volvo’s Sensus infotainment interface is nested directly within the driver’s line of sight and is powered by a beautiful vertically-oriented 9-inch touchscreen. While this may look extremely cool and high-tech, using this interface is an altogether different experience. The main menus are intuitively arranged on the touchscreen, although accessing the small sub-menus may be a hassle for new drivers. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smart device integration are standard techs in the suite, which are decent enough alternatives to Volvo’s system.

2021 Volvo XC40 SUV Infotainment System

The SUV fits in a premium Harman Kardon sound system, which with its strategically placed speakers, surround sound and precise tuning creates a magical acoustic experience. Volvo also provides a dedicated smartphone storage space that enables you to charge your phone wirelessly while on the move to your destination.

The tech suite of the Volvo XC40 in a nutshell:

  • 9-inch touchscreen
  • Sensus infotainment
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth 
  • USB ports

2021 Volvo XC40 Exterior

8.5/10

Aimed to encaptivate the younger side of the audience, the 2021 Volvo XC40 impresses with its trendy and extrovert exterior appearance. The expressive exterior styling makes the XC40 a sight to behold in any urban environment. Volvo offers a vibrant range of exterior colors, which also includes cool two-tone color schemes.

2021 Volvo XC40 SUV Side View

In the front, the bold grille is flanked by the signature Thor Hammer LED headlights with a sleek ‘Volvo’ logo in the middle. A total of 9 different alloy wheel designs is available at your selection. The vibrant rear end looks quirky with the jagged tail lights, but it is a peak representation of the youthful side of the Volvo XC40.

Models

2021 Volvo XC40

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250

2021 BMW X1

2021 Audi Q3

Curb Weight (lb)

3574

3384

3554

3902

Length (inches)

174.2

173.6

175.5

176.6

Width (inches)

73.3

72.2

71.7

72.8

Height (inches)

65.3

63.5

62.9

62.9

Ground Clearance (inches)

8.3

5.3

7.2

6.7

Wheelbase (inches)

106.4

107.4

105.1

105.5

The Volvo XC40 offers the most ground clearance of 8.3 inches compared to any other rivals. It is also one of the biggest subcompact crossovers in its segment, granting it decent interior space for all passengers. The Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 gets the most aggressive exterior appeal while the BMW X1 has a polarizing front fascia with the brand’s new and huge kidney grille design.

The eye-catching exterior features are:

  • Front grille with black insert and chrome frame
  • 18-inch 5-Spoke Silver Alloy wheels
  • Bright aluminum roof rails
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Thor’s Hammer LED headlight design

2021 Volvo XC40 Safety

8.0/10

Volvo has always ensured a top-notch safety roster for every car in its lineup. Similarly, the Volvo XC40 is an absolute top choice for shoppers who always prioritize the safety of their family over everything else. 

The 2021 Volvo XC40 earns a well-deserved 5-star overall safety rating from the federal agency NHTSA. The IIHS safety agency also named it a Top Safety Pick+ for 2021, which is a clear indicator of the Volvo XC40’s high safety stature.

The XC40 gets a full suite of safety features which include:

  • Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist
  • 360-degree camera
  • Adaptive cruise control with a semi-autonomous driving mode
  • Parking assist
  • Hill descent control

2021 Volvo XC40 Competition

7.5/10

2021 Volvo XC40 vs 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250

The Mercedes-Benz GLA Class earns its place as the German automaker’s entry-level luxury SUV and competes right with the Volvo XC40 for a top spot in the segment. Mercedes’s base powertrain is more powerful than Volvo’s base T4 powertrain in terms of power. However, with the more powerful T5 powertrain, the momentum shifts into the side of the XC40. The Volvo also offers genuine leather upholstery compared to the Merc’s faux leather upholstery at the same price. The Volvo also offers more cargo space than the Merc with the rear seats folded.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250

The Merc redeems itself with better fuel economy and slightly better interior dimensions than the Volvo. Overall, both the crossovers are evenly matched although the Volvo does offer more standard features.

2021 Volvo XC40 vs 2021 BMW X1

This is an interesting battle to witness as both these crossovers source their power from a turbo inline-4. However, it is the Bimmer who takes the upper hand in the performance figures when compared with the base powertrain of the Volvo. However, the T5-equipped Volvo hits back in the speed charts with its impressive acceleration figures over the BMW X1. Luxury is the domain of expertise of both automakers as both SUVs offer you the most exclusive opulence.

2021 BMW X1

However, practicality is the X1’s strong point as it just edges out the XC40 with its commodious cargo space. Both the crossovers are also neck-to-neck in terms of the infotainment technology and safety features offered. The Volvo XC40 is a breeze to drive inside the confinement of your city, although it isn’t as engaging as the BMW. So if you care about the overall fun factor of your vehicle, the 2021 X1 is a solid choice although the Volvo XC40 isn’t far behind either.

2021 Volvo XC40 vs 2021 Audi Q3

The Audi Q3 offers similar power when compared to the base Volvo XC40. However, the Volvo has the upper hand in terms of power and acceleration when you consider its more powerful variant. The Q3 also has a tighter turning radius than the XC40, which makes it harder to maneuver out of tight parking spots. Both the European stalwarts offer an impressive tech and safety suite filled with all the high-tech goodies.

2021 Audi Q3

However, the Volvo SUV has the edge in terms of practicality thanks to its commodious cargo space. The Audi Q3 looks like a truly sophisticated luxury SUV, although the Volvo offers a youthful and carefree vibe with decent interior comfort for your family, a trait that justifies it as the clear winner in this duel.

2021 Volvo XC40 Final Verdict

The 2021 Volvo XC40 is a brilliant choice for buyers who don’t want to splurge too much money to relish the ecstasies of a luxury SUV. With its entry-level pricing and subcompact size, the Volvo XC40 is a perfect addition to the hustle-bustle of your urban lifestyle. The XC40 blends in an expressive and free-spirited style very well with its interior and exterior design philosophy.

It is well-equipped in the safety and technology aspects as well, although the infotainment interface can be a tough nut to crack for newbie drivers. Still, the 2021 XC40 is a top choice for any budding youngster who wants a stellar urban commuter for his professional life.

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