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2021 T4 Momentum 4dr Front-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $33,700
2021 T5 Momentum 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $35,700
2021 T4 R-Design 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $38,950
2021 T4 Inscription 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $39,450
2021 T5 R-Design 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $40,950
2021 T5 Inscription 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $41,450
2021 P8 Recharge Electric R-Design 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $53,990
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3.5 (Good)

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Overview

What's New

The 2021 Volvo XC40 benefits from more standard features. On the safety front, the subcompact crossover SUV now comes with rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, rear parking sensors, and adaptive LED headlights as standard. Seeing as how a lot of these features are optional on competitors, it certainly gives the XC40 an edge.

That’s not all, leather upholstery, auto-dimming and power-folding side mirrors, and two rear USB ports have also been made standard. All-wheel-drive models additionally come with heated front seats.

Finally, Volvo added an all-electric XC40 Recharge model to the lineup. It's the brand's first fully-electric vehicle.

Choosing Your Volvo XC40

The XC40 is available in four trims: Momentum, R-Design, Inscription, and Recharge. Pricing starts at $34,695 including destination for the base Momentum and goes up to $40,445 for the Inscription. Pricing for the XC40 Recharge hasn't been announced as of this writing.

Engine Choices

There are three available powertrains for the XC40. All are based on a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The Momentum, R-Design, and Inscription all start with the T4, but the T5 is available for $2,000.

Engine TypeHorsepowerTorqueFuel Economy (Combined)
T4 2.0L Turbo 4-Cylinder187 hp221 lb-ft26 mpg
T5 2.0L Turbo 4-Cylinder248 hp258 lb-ft25 mpg
T8 2.0L Turbo 4-Cylinder and 2 Electric Motors402 hpNot Yet Rated79 MPGe

The base T4 powertrain is only available with front-wheel drive, while the more powerful T5 and T8 are only available with all-wheel drive. The only transmission available is an eight-speed automatic.

The T5 powertrain is the one to get. Going with the T5 powertrain also brings an available Polestar Performance Software package that costs $1,295. The package brings sharper throttle response, different software calibration for the transmission, and new engine mapping for improved performance.

The all-electric XC40 Recharge offers an EPA-estimated 208 miles of range with its 75-kWh battery.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

Every XC40 can seat up to five people. While its body may be tiny, it still offers 36 inches of rear leg room, which is average for the class. With the rear seats in place, the XC40 can hold up to 20.7 cubic feet of cargo space. Folding them down opens cargo capacity up to 47.2 cubic feet. While that’s not class-leading, the XC40 offers a fold-up cargo floor, as well as hooks for bags.

Volvo XC40

Safety Features

Volvo’s known for being one of the safest automakers on the road, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise to see all of the safety features that are offered on the XC40. Forward collision warning, lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, automatic high high beams, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and rear parking sensors are all standard.

Adaptive cruise control and a surround-view camera are available through the Advanced Package. Front parking sensors are available on the Momentum with the Premium Package ($2,200), but they come standard on the R-Design and up.

The IIHS named the 2020 XC40 a Top Safety Pick vehicle, while the NHTSA gave the 2021 model a five-star overall safety rating.

Connectivity

The XC40 comes with a 9-inch touchscreen and a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, an eight-speaker audio system, three USB ports, satellite radio, and HD radio are also included.

Wireless charging is available through the Advanced Package, while navigation is offered as part of the Premium Package on the Momentum. The navigation system becomes standard at the R-Design level. A Harman Kardon audio system is a standalone option for $800.

Volvo XC40

Momentum - From $34,695

The entry-level Momentum trim comes with loads of standard features. Leather upholstery, an eight-way power driver’s seat with memory functionality, single-zone automatic climate control, adaptive LED headlights, 18-inch wheels, a power liftgate, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel are standard.

A variety of packages are available. The Climate Package adds heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and heated windshield washer nozzles for $750. The Advanced Package ($1,500) brings adaptive cruise control, a surround-view camera, wireless charging, a headlight cleaning system, ambient interior lighting, and a 12-volt outlet in the cargo area. A panoramic moonroof costs $1,475.

R-Design - From $39,945

Navigation, a universal garage door opener, sport suspension, a panoramic sunroof, 19-inch wheels, front parking sensors, two-zone climate control, a power passenger seat, and Nubuck upholstery are standard on the sportier R-Design.

Volvo also offers the R-Design as part of a subscription program that’s called Care by Volvo. The plan is designed to simplify car ownership by offering a well-equipped vehicle with insurance, repairs, and maintenance all included in one neatly monthly payment. The subscription service for the XC40 costs $700 a month and includes 24 months and 15,000 miles a year.

Inscription - From $40,445

The XC40 Inscription uses the comfort suspension setup, and comes with leather upholstery, 18-inch wheels, and driftwood interior trim.

Recharge - Pricing To Be Announced

The Recharge is the new all-electric offering in the lineup. It comes with a 75-kWh battery, two electric motors, all-wheel drive, and 208 miles of range. Volvo has stated that the XC40 Recharge will start just under $50,000, and it's expected to go on sale in late 2020 or early 2021.

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With more standard features, the 2021 Volvo XC40 Momentum is the best option in the lineup. Additionally, the more powerful T5 engine is worth the upgrade, as it brings a lot more power for a small drop in fuel economy.

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Expert Review

Pros
  • Unique styling
  • Great T5 engine
  • Excellent safety features
  • Now available as an EV
Cons
  • Limited EV range
  • Tight rear seats
  • Below average cargo space
Expert Rating
3.5 (Good)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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More standard features. The 2021 Volvo XC40 comes with more standard equipment. LED headlights, LED fog lights, power-folding and auto-dimming exterior mirrors, two rear Type-C USB ports, and leather upholstery are all standard. Additionally, the XC40 adds a bunch of standard safety features, including blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive headlights, and automatic high beams.

Now that the base Momentum trim comes with more standard features than before, it represents the best value option in the lineup. Even with a few optional packages, a well-equipped XC40 can be had for less than $40,000. That’s a great price for the class and brings several upscale features for the segment.

All of the XC40’s trims, besides the R-Design, which adds a few sport elements over other trims, feel like good value. Even the range-topping Inscription trim makes you feel like you’re getting a lot for your money. It also comes with a host of opulent features, including a crystal gearshift knob, genuine wood inlays, and chrome exterior trim.

A leader in safety. Unlike a lot of other luxury options in the subcompact class, the XC40 is packed with a variety of standard safety features. Nearly every safety feature under the sun is standard, besides adaptive cruise control and a surround-view camera, which are available on higher trim levels.

In crash-testing conducted by the NHTSA, the XC40 earned a five-star overall safety rating. The IIHS hasn’t tested the 2021 model. Last year, it earned a Top Safety Pick award, failing to earn the coveted Top Safety Pick Plus designation because of its standard headlights. With newly standard adaptive LED headlights, the XC40’s score should improve from last year.

Even with a Top Safety Pick award, the XC40 is one of just two luxury subcompact crossover SUVs in the class, along with the Lexus UX, to earn one of the IIHS’ awards. That makes it one of the safest vehicles in the class.


Volvo XC40

Uniquely styled. Funky, modern, and distinct, the XC40 manages to stand out in a cramped segment for all of the right reasons. Volvo decided not to make smaller versions of the XC60 and XC90, giving the XC40 a look that’s entirely its own. A two-tone paint job, C-shaped taillights, sharp C-pillar design, and small dimensions all make the XC40 look like a high-end robot.

On the inside, the XC40 is just as unique. The simplistic design ditches a button-heavy approach thanks to a vertically-oriented 9-inch touchscreen. With crisp, clean lines, it feels airy and spacious when it comes to head room, though the rear seats are narrow, making it difficult to seat three comfortably. The front bucket seats, in typical Volvo fashion, offer some of the most comfort and support in the class.

Consumers don’t buy a subcompact crossover to get the most cargo capacity, but the XC40 offers less space than the majority of other options in the class. There’s 20.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and a total of 47.2 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. While those figures are below average for the segment, an available fold-up cargo floor that brings a convenient place to store goodies, cargo hooks, an available storage bin under the driver’s seat, and a trunk divider all help consumers make the most of the XC40’s interior.

Splurge for the T5 powertrain. Objectively, there’s nothing wrong with the XC40’s base T4 powertrain. Volvo continues to stick with offering turbocharged four-cylinder engines in its small vehicles, and it’s a similar case with the XC40. Both are turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines, though the more powerful version is well worth the upgrade.

With 187 horsepower, the majority of consumers won’t have much to complain about with the base engine. Its only true fault is not having a lot of grunt when passing on the highway. Additionally, the T4 powertrain is only offered with front-wheel drive.

For $2,000 more, we recommend the T5 powertrain, which comes with all-wheel drive. While the engine is the same in both powertrains, the T5 is rated at 248 horsepower. The extra grunt and the addition of all-wheel drive make the T5 easy to recommend.

Final thoughts. The 2021 Volvo XC40 proves that standing out can be a good thing. Between its unique design, peppy powertrains, minimalistic layout, and safety-first approach, Volvo’s subcompact is one of the better choices in the class.

We only have minor gripes with the XC40. The gear shifter is a bit odd to use, the second row could be wider, and we’d love to see a larger cargo area. None of these negatives would stop us from recommending it, though.

If you’re looking for a sharper-handling crossover, the BMW X1 is the way to go. It doesn’t have the same stylish design or comfortable seats, but the BMW has a larger cargo area and comes with a more powerful standard engine. The all-new Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class is another subcompact crossover that’s worth looking at. It has more cutting-edge tech features than the XC40, a more powerful standard engine, and can hold more cargo.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 187 HP / 221 ft.lbs.
Transmission
Geartronic 8-spd Geartronic w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
23 / 32 / 27 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 187 HP / 221 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
23 / 32 / 27 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
14.2 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$54
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
46.9 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
174.2 "
Exterior Width
73.7 "
Exterior Height
65.3 "
Front Headroom
39.0 " / 37.6 "
Rear Headroom
39.1 " / 38.3 "
Front Legroom
40.9 "
Rear Legroom
36.1 "
Front Shoulder Room
56.7 "
Rear Shoulder Room
56.3 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,574 Lbs.
Wheel Base
106 "
Turning Radius
18.7 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
18.0 " Silver Aluminum / 20.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 19.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 21.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Clearcoat Two-tone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote W/tilt Down Heated
Bumpers
Front Body-colored With Metal-look Insert
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Surround
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Leather
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
8-way / (8-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center With Pass-thru
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Sensus Connect Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
Speakers
8 / 13 Harman/kardon
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Deep
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
1 / 2
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Sips Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Sips Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
City Safety Forward Collision Mitigation W/left Turn Assist
Blind Spot Sensor
Blis W/lane Change Merge Aid Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Keeping Aid/run-off Road Mitigation Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Intellisafe Assist - Pilot Assist Hands-on Steering Assist
Pedestrian Detection
Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Driver Alert Control Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Auto Highbeam (ahb) Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Active Bending Lights Directionally Adaptive
Parking Sensors
Rear Park Assist Rear / Rear Park Assist Front And Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
144 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles

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