- Volvo XC40: In addition to its gas-powered version, there’s a new EV model.
- Lincoln Corsair: Currently offers two engine choices with a third (PHEV) on the way.
2021 Volvo XC40
Base price: $34,695 / Read our 2021 Volvo XC40 Review
What we like: Two gas-engine choice – new EV version makes three; stylish exterior; roomy interior; Volvo’s standard active-safety features
What we would change: Improve fuel-economy on base gas engine and extend range on EV version; less touchscreen, more physical control; redesign electronic gearshift
Overview: The family resemblance is apparent with the Volvo XC40. Small, but well thought out, it features the brand’s modernized Scandinavian sensibilities for thoughtful styling and space utilization. There are two versions of the 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 gasoline engines, depending on your drivetrain: T4 FWD gets a 184-hp version while the T5 AWD model includes 248hp and tows up to 3,500 pounds. Both engines mate to an 8-speed automatic transmission.
The new battery-powered XC40 Recharge P8 AWD is powered by a 402-hp motor-generator but delivers a merely so-so mileage range of 208 miles.
What’s new for 2021: The big news here is the XC40 Recharge P8 AWD electric model. On the gas-burning side, the Momentum model trim level adds blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, LED headlights with automatic high-beams and active curve illumination and other features. Additionally, all new Volvos can alert other new Volvos to slippery road conditions or vehicles with active hazard lights.
Features and technology: The XC40 T4 and T5 are offered in a choice of base Momentum, R Design, and Inscription trim levels. All models include a full slate of active-safety features. Momentum buyers will find leather, a power driver’s seat, a digital instrument cluster, and a 9-inch vertical touchscreen. The R Design steps it up a bit with a sport-tuned suspension, 19-inch wheels, Nappa leather/Nubuck upholstery, navigation, and more.
High-line Inscription model has standard suspension, wood trim, and a crystal shift knob. Available options include adaptive cruise control with assisted steering, a 360-degree-view monitor, wireless charging, and self-parking. The Recharge P8 AWD comes in a single trim level. As in other Volvos, a vertical touchscreen is featured, but not so intuitive. More buttons and knobs would be welcome!
What the future holds: The addition of the Recharge P8 AWD rounds out the XC40 lineup. We expect it will receive only minor changes in the next few years. Find a 2021 Volvo XC40 for sale near you
2021 Lincoln Corsair
Base price: $36,940 / Read our 2021 Lincoln Corsair Review
What we like: Good-looking inside and out; powerful turbo engines; sliding second-row seats; front- or available all-wheel-drive
What we would change: Prices can hit $60,000 when ticking all the option boxes; 24-way adjustable seats might be a bit of overkill
Overview: This luxurious small Crossover is helping to return Lincoln to its former spot on the luxury map. Based on its Ford Escape cousin, Lincoln has worked hard to differentiate it from its more pedestrian relative. A new Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) will soon be available for those of the hybrid persuasion.
What’s new for 2021: Big news this year is the new Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring model which is a Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle model capable of traveling 25 miles on electricity alone. It’s exclusively AWD and based on the high-zoot Corsair Reserve trim level.
Features and technology: Now two years old, the Lincoln Corsair continues on its silk trail. A new PHEV hybrid (with electric rear-wheel-drive) joins the lineup, expanding the reach and resurgence of the new Lincoln brand. The Corsair offers several engine choices ranging from a base 2.0-liter turbo inline-4 producing 250 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. For power users, there is the 2.3-liter turbo four-cylinder that yields 295 hp and 210 lb-ft of torque. Both are mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. AWD is available on both models. When properly equipped, the Corsair towing capacity is 3,000 pounds.
Even in its base form, the Corsair has lots going on for it: 18-inch alloy wheels, active noise cancellation, a power liftgate, 10-speaker audio and Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment system. From the safety side, the Corsair is equipped with Lincoln Co-Pilot360 which brings forward collision warning, with automatic braking, lane-keeping assist and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. It’s as though a full suite of features shows up on the entry-level model.
What the future holds: After delays relating to Covid19, the PHEV Lincoln Corsair will arrive in 2021. Find a 2021 Lincoln Corsair for sale near you
XC40 vs. Corsair: Strengths Comparison
Volvo XC40 benefits: Luxury looks; three power choices including an electric Recharge P8 AWD model; up-to-date technology.
Lincoln Corsair benefits: Luxury looks; two-but-soon three engine choices; up-to-date technology.
2021 Volvo XC40 vs. 2021 Lincoln Corsair: Which is better?
The Volvo XC40 offers capability in an attractive package. The Corsair features the new look of old luxury. We tend to skew conservative in how we like our luxury to look, so we choose the 2021 Lincoln Corsair. Find a 2021 Volvo XC40 for sale or Find a 2021 Lincoln Corsair for sale
|2021 Volvo XC40||2021 Lincoln Corsair|
|Engine||2.0-liter turbo inline-4||2.0-liter turbo inline-4|
|Horsepower||187 hp @ 4,700 rpm||250 hp @ 5,500 rpm|
|Torque||221 lb-ft @ 1,400 rpm||275 lb-ft @ 3,000 rpm|
|Transmission||8-speed automatic||8-speed automatic|
|Fuel Economy||26 mpg (23 city/32 highway)||25 mpg (22 city/29 highway)|
|Also Available||2.0-liter with 248 hp, AWD, Recharge EV model||AWD; More luxurious trim levels|
|Warranty||4 years/ 50,000 miles||4 years/50,000 miles|
|Powertrain Warranty||4 years/ 50,000 miles||6 years/70,000 miles|
|NHTSA Safety Rating||5 star||5 star|
|Max Seating Capacity||5||5|
|Wheelbase||106.4 inches||106.7 inches|
|Overall Length||174.2 inches||180.6 inches|
|Width||73.3 inches||74.3 inches|
|Height||65.3 inches||64.1 inches|
|Turning Diameter||37.4 feet||37.1 feet|
|Headroom, Front||39.0 inches||39.5 inches|
|Headroom, Rear||39.1 inches||38.7 inches|
|Legroom, Front||40.9 inches||43.2 inches|
|Legroom, Rear||36.1 inches||38.6 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Front||56.7 inches||57.1 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Rear||56.3 inches||56.3 inches|
|EPA Passenger Volume||98 cubic feet||102.5 cubic feet|
|Cargo Volume||20.7/47.2 cubic feet||27.6/57.6 cubic feet|