2021 Volvo XC40

Original MSRP Range
$33,700 - $41,450
Available Style(s)
Sport Utility
MPG
22 - 23 MPG City / 30 - 33 MPG Hwy
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2021 Volvo XC40

What We Like

  • Exceptional safety credentials
  • Clever use of interior space
  • Generous standard equipment
  • Distinctive style

Overview

How Much Does a 2021 Volvo XC40 Cost?

The regular 2021 Volvo XC40 comes in Momentum, R-Design and Inscription trim levels, with either the T4 or T5 drivetrains. Momentum (T4 $34,695, T5 $36,695) includes 18-in alloy wheels, powered lift gate with programmable height settings, rain-sensing wipers, roof rails, forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, active blind spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert, lane-keeping assistance, driver attention monitoring, slippery road/hazard light alerts, self-dimming mirrors, power-folding side mirrors, full LED headlights with automatic high beams and active bending lights, LED fog lights, automatic climate control, power-adjustable driver’s seat with memory settings, 60/40 split/folding back seat, leather upholstery, Volvo OnCall emergency communications, 12.3-in digital driver information display, selectable drive modes, rear parking sensors, programmable Care Key, 9-in vertically oriented infotainment touchscreen, Wi-Fi, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration, Bluetooth, HD/satellite radio, two USB-A ports up front and a pair of USB-C ports for those in the rear seats, plus an 8-speaker audio system. This trim is eligible for a Premium package that includes navigation, hands-free lift gate operation, remote garage door opener, dual-zone climate control, power-adjustable front passenger seat, removable/folding load floor with grocery bag holders, power-folding rear outboard headrests, front parking sensors, and keyless entry/ignition. R-Design (T4 $39,945, T5 $41,945) has the contents of the Premium package as standard, then adds 19-in alloy wheels, a lowered sport-tuned suspension, special styling including a black-painted roof and trim-specific color choices, R-Design Nappa leather/Nubuck upholstery, and a sport steering wheel. Inscription (T4 $40,445, T5 $42,445) reverts to the Momentum’s chassis tuning and steering wheel, then adds its own, more premium touches like real wood trim, leather upholstery and a crystal gear shift knob. All trim levels may be ordered with an Advanced package, bringing adaptive cruise control with lane-centering steering assistance (Pilot Assist), 360-degree camera system, 12-volt outlet in the luggage area, wireless charging, and high-pressure headlight cleaning. Among the other options are heated seats/steering wheel/wipers (T5 versions have heated front seats as standard, so the option in this instance would be heated rear seats), 20-inch alloy wheels (R-Design only), self-parking system (R-Design and Inscription only), and a Harman Kardon audio system (Inscription only). The 2021 XC40 Recharge P8 AWD (approximately $48,000 after credits) was pretty much an unknown quantity at the time of putting this review together, but we will update it when more information comes through.

XC40 Trims

Sport UtilityOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
XC40 T4 FWD Inscription$39,450 / $37,0834 Cylinder Turbo18723 / 338-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
XC40 T4 FWD Momentum$33,700 / $31,6784 Cylinder Turbo18723 / 338-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
XC40 T4 FWD R-Design$38,950 / $36,6134 Cylinder Turbo18723 / 338-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
XC40 T5 AWD Inscription$41,450 / $38,9634 Cylinder Turbo24822 / 308-Speed Shiftable AutomaticAWD4WD
XC40 T5 AWD Momentum$35,700 / $33,5584 Cylinder Turbo24822 / 308-Speed Shiftable AutomaticAWD4WD
XC40 T5 AWD R-Design$40,950 / $38,4934 Cylinder Turbo24822 / 308-Speed Shiftable AutomaticAWD4WD

Is the 2021 Volvo XC40 a Safe Car?

Every 2021 XC40 comes with an impressive array of standard safety features that go beyond the usual allocation of airbags (front, front side, side curtain, driver knee). The forward collision warning and automatic braking system can detect pedestrians, cyclists and large animals at any time of the day or night. Also standard are lane-keeping assistance, driver attention monitoring, active blind spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert, rear collision mitigation (applies the brakes if it senses an imminent rear-end collision), slippery road/hazard light alert, and Volvo OnCall emergency communications. In the crash test program of the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA), the XC40 scored the maximum five out of five stars in every major category except the rollover test, where it took a respectable four stars. This didn’t stop it from earning a top overall rating of five stars. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave last year’s XC40 top scores of Good in every major crashworthiness category, but with a reservation about the standard headlights. Now that full LED headlights are in the entry level trim of the 2021 XC40, this is no longer an issue.
Warranty

Original Warranty

Basic4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain4 Years/50,000 Miles
Corrosion12 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance4 Years/Unlimited Miles
Maintenance3 Years/36,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Fog Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Parking assist
  • Rearview Camera
Security
  • Alarm System
  • Telematics
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System

Competition

2021 Volvo XC40 vs the competition

2021 BMW X1 — The XC40’s closest competitor in terms of size and price. The BMW has a sharper drive, but the Volvo offers more for the money. 2021 BMW X2 — Interested in the X1, but seeking something a little more distinctive and stylish? That’s the mechanically related X2. Read Volvo XC40 vs BMW X2: Which is Better? 2021 Mini Countryman — The Countryman delivers plenty of distinctive styling and abundant customization choices. Also based on the BMW X1. Updated for 2021. 2021 Cadillac XT4 — The Cadillac XT4 has one of the roomiest back seats in this class. It’s priced competitively, styled sharply and has a strong turbocharged base engine. 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class — An all-new generation debuts for 2021, which is bigger than before and with more of an SUV attitude than a hatchback with a raised ride height. 2021 Lexus UX — Offers a hybrid version. Lots of convenience and safety features as standard. And Lexus build quality is always superb. 2021 Audi Q3 — Wonderfully spacious, refined and stylish. Used Volvo XC60 — Someone checking out a new luxury subcompact crossover/SUV is probably making size a greater consideration than cost. But they might prefer the space of a compact because it still wouldn’t be unwieldy. The XC60 is superb and comes with more of the comfort, plus at least as many tech and safety features as the XC40. Check out Volvo’s excellent certified pre-owned program.

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