2021 Volvo XC40 vs. Its Competition

2021 Volvo XC40
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

No compact crossover SUV is perfect, but each has its own appeal.

Consider the BMW X1 for its buttery-smooth engines, or look to the freshly redone Mercedes GLA for beautiful style.

The Lexus NX is edgy and full of energy, but endearing.

It’s like a little terrier.

Audi’s Q3 seems to get everything just about right, except personality.

That’s where the Jaguar E-Pace comes in, though it may not be as interesting as the XC40.

Tough call, here.

2021 Volvo XC402021 Volvo XC402021 Audi Q32021 Audi Q3
2021 BMW X12021 BMW X1
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA 2502021 Mercedes-Benz GLA Class
2020 Jaguar E-Pace2020 Jaguar E-Pace
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2020 Lexus NX 300 Black Line Edition2020 Lexus NX
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Quick Specs
The 2021 Volvo XC40 is a high-personality compact crossover with plenty of features for the money.
The 2021 Audi Q3 is bulky but not brash, with good tech and space inside for passengers and gear.
The 2021 BMW X1 is an appealing crossover with hatchback moves, but keep a lid on options for the better value.
The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class is the smallest and least expensive SUV in its lineup, and a welcome entry to the brand.
The 2020 Jaguar E-Pace is a city-sized luxury SUV that’s stylish and fun to drive, but not without faults.
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.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 30 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-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Small SUV 2WDSmall SUV 4WDLarge CarsSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 4WDSmall SUV 2WD
Style Name     
T4 FWD MomentumPremium 40 TFSI quattrosDrive28i Sports Activity VehicleGLA 250 SUVP250 AWDNX 300 FWD
Front Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sport Utilityquattro Sport UtilitySports Activity VehicleSport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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