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
2019 Audi Q32019 Audi Q3
2019 BMW X12019 BMW X1
2019 Infiniti QX302019 INFINITI QX302019 Lexus NX2019 Lexus NX
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA Class
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.
5.6
The 2019 Infiniti QX30 stands out with style and sprightliness but makes compromises in interior space.
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$30,250$36,485$33,950
Gas Mileage     
23 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 33 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-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 4WDLarge CarsSmall Station WagonSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Station Wagon
Style Name     
T4 FWD Momentum2.0 TFSI Premium Plus quattrosDrive28i Sports Activity VehiclePURE FWDNX 300 FWDGLA 250 SUV
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveAll WheelFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport Utilityquattro Sport UtilitySports Activity VehicleSport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual 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 INFINITI QX302019 Volvo XC40 vs. 2019 Lexus NX2019 Volvo XC40 vs. 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA Class