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2019 Volvo XC40 vs. Its Competition

2019 Volvo XC40 First Drive
Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

The Volvo XC40 competes in the crowded class of luxury compact crossovers.

The Audi Q3 is aged and due for a replacement—it’s struggles to keep up.

The BMW X1 (and related Mini Countryman) are engaging to drive, but lack the interior tech to keep pace.

The GLA Class is mid-pack, with a good engine and raucous performance version, but its interior lacks some of the polish of its rivals.

The Lexus NX boasts a comfortable interior, and an available hybrid powertrain.

The QX30 is handsome, but somewhat cramped in the back (like the GLA Class).

2019 Volvo XC40 First Drive2019 Volvo XC40
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2019 Audi Q32019 Audi Q3
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2019 BMW X12019 BMW X1
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2019 Lexus NX2019 Lexus NX
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2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA Class
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Quick Specs
6.7
The 2019 Volvo XC40 upends tradition—and traditional style—in mostly acceptable ways, and kicks off the car-subscription era with a stylish bang.
6.2
The 2019 Audi Q3 whispers “GTI” in the ears of brand-conscious drivers—but it’s, like, discreet about it.
5.7
The 2019 BMW X1 crossover is the right shape and the right price for entry luxury buyers willing to overlook some flaws.
6.0
The 2019 Lexus NX remains a boldly styled, comfortable compact luxury crossover with solid standard features.
5.4
The Mercedes-Benz GLA merges hatchback size with crossover functionality and luxury appointments, with better-than-average results.
MSRP From    
$33,700$34,700$34,950$36,485$33,950
Gas Mileage    
23 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class    
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDCompact CarsLarge CarsSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Style Name    
T4 FWD Momentum2.0 TFSI Premium Plus quattrosDrive28i Sports Activity VehicleNX 300 FWDGLA 250 SUV
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveAll WheelFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
Sport Utilityquattro Sport UtilitySports Activity VehicleSport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission    
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2019 Volvo XC40 vs. 2019 Audi Q32019 Volvo XC40 vs. 2019 BMW X12019 Volvo XC40 vs. 2019 Lexus NX2019 Volvo XC40 vs. 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA Class