2020 Volvo XC40 vs. Its Competition

2020 Volvo XC40
Anthony Sophinos Anthony Sophinos Contributor

The throng of luxury compact crossovers currently in the market makes this a tough playing field, but the Volvo XC40 holds its own.

We prefer it over the Audi Q3 which has a taut feel and lots of grip, but heft that cuts into performance.

The BMW X1 (and related Mini Countryman) are engaging to drive, but the interiors will leave luxury-minded buyers wanting.

The GLA Class is new this year, and better packaging promises more satisfaction.

The Lexus NX boasts a comfortable interior, and an available hybrid powertrain, but a frustrating infotainment setup.

2020 Volvo XC402020 Volvo XC40
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2020 Audi Q32020 Audi Q3
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2020 BMW X12020 BMW X1
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2020 Lexus NX 300 Black Line Edition2020 Lexus NX
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2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA Class
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Quick Specs
The 2020 Volvo XC40 honed in on the Netflix and Stitch Fix crowd, with smart dynamics and style and an all-in subscription plan.
The 2020 Audi Q3 blends practicality, quality, and fun in a chunky but city-friendly package.
The 2020 BMW X1 welcomes crossover shoppers into the luxury brand with a good price and nice features.
The dramatic lines on the Lexus NX keep it a compelling rival to pint-size luxury SUVs from BMW and Mercedes, but it could be more spacious.
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 is a solid crossover entry point into the luxury German brand.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
22 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy
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 SUV 2WDSmall SUV 4WDLarge CarsSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WD
Style Name    
T4 FWD MomentumPremium 45 TFSI quattrosDrive28i Sports Activity VehicleNX 300 FWDGLA 250 SUV
Front Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
Sport Utilityquattro Sport UtilitySports Activity VehicleSport UtilitySport Utility
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2020 Volvo XC40 vs. 2020 Audi Q32020 Volvo XC40 vs. 2020 BMW X12020 Volvo XC40 vs. 2020 Lexus NX2020 Volvo XC40 vs. 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA Class