Compare The Volvo XC40 vs. The Competition


Compare the Volvo XC40 to the Audi Q3, BMW X1, and Lexus UX in Austin, TX

Offering classy accommodations, practical utility, and sporty yet refined style, the Volvo XC40 sets the bar for small luxury SUVs. The XC40 is engaging, generously equipped, and impressively roomy for its size. And thanks to its nimble handling and city-friendly dimensions, it's perfect for drivers seeking luxury and versatility without sacrificing maneuverability.

While there's a lot to choose from in the crowded class, the XC40's well-rounded nature and Scandinavian craftsmanship create a compelling experience that's tough to match. Here's a look at how it compares in a few key areas to three prominent competitors: the Audi Q3, BMX X1, and Lexus UX.

Volvo XC40 vs. Audi Q3


The XC40 B4 and Q3 40 TFSI offer similar base-level outputs (194 vs. 184 horsepower). But if you're shopping for something more potent to drive your Bee Cave commute, the 247-horsepower XC40 B5 outguns the 228-horsepower Q3 45 TFSI. With the XC40's power advantage and snappier 8-speed transmission, it beats the Audi Q3 from zero to 60 mph by more than a second (6.1s vs. 7.4s).


Both models have about even passenger volumes, with the XC40 offering more front legroom and rear headroom, the Q3 offering more front headroom, and each offering the same rear legroom. However, if cargo space is a priority, the XC40 wins handily, providing a max capacity of 57.5 cubic feet to the Q3's 48.


The Volvo XC40 delivers a comprehensive suite of driver-assist technologies as standard equipment. All models include features like:

  • Collision Mitigation with Steering Support
  • Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keeping Aid
  • Blind Spot Information System and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Road Sign Information
  • Automatic high beams

The XC40 also offers its Advanced package as an option for any trim level, which adds adaptive cruise control, a Surround View camera system, and semi-autonomous Pilot Assist. The Q3 offers adaptive cruise, lane-keeping, and a 360-degree camera, but only by moving up the trim ladder.

Volvo XC40 vs. BMW X1


The XC40 B5, at 247 horsepower, is stronger (and easier to say) than the X1 xDrive28i (228 hp). And thanks to its extra ground clearance, it's also better suited to light off-road driving. And if you want something even more potent to power your daily drives, the 402-horsepower, pure-electric XC40 Recharge can sprint to 60 mph in just ~4.5 seconds. The X1 doesn't have an electric variant.

Cabin Tech

While the XC40 and X1 both have large touchscreens with Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, the XC40 also comes with Android Auto, a feature BMW has yet to add to the X1's lineup. The XC40 also comes standard with a customizable 12.3-inch digital instrument panel, allowing drivers to conveniently view their desired information with crisp, responsive high-res graphics. The X1 only has analog gauges.


The XC40 comes standard with a full suite of IntelliSafe driver-assist technologies, as shown in the Q3 comparison above. Plus, it offers several other advanced features as options for any trim. The BMW X1's base trim only includes collision mitigation and lane-departure warning. Adaptive cruise control is available for the X1, but it's not as advanced as the XC40's system, as it doesn't restart after coming to a stop. Additionally, none of the X1's optional packages includes lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, or a 360-degree camera.

Volvo XC40 vs. Lexus UX


The Volvo XC40 provides impressively spacious accommodations for a small SUV, making the Lexus UX feel rather cramped by comparison. Rear seat passengers will particularly appreciate the XC40, which offers three more inches of legroom, two more inches of headroom, and 3.4 inches more shoulder room compared to the UX.

The difference in cargo space is even more stark. The XC40 provides 21 cubic feet with all seats in use and 57.5 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. The Lexus UX falls behind, offering just 17 and 40.4 cubic feet behind the second and first rows, respectively.


The XC40 offers a pair of 2.0-liter turbo-four powerplant options, each with an 8-speed automatic transmission-the 194-horsepower FWD B4 and the 247-horsepower AWD B5. The Lexus UX 200 does without a turbocharger, topping out at 169 horsepower. It doesn't offer AWD and uses a continuously variable transmission.

Standard Features

The XC40 and UX are impressively equipped, with a comprehensive suite of driver-assist technologies on each model's base configuration. However, the XC40 comes standard with several amenities and tech features that are either optional or unavailable on the Lexus UX. Examples include:

  • Steering-adaptive headlights
  • Auto-folding side mirrors
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Adaptive steering
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated seats
  • Driver-seat memory
  • 12-inch digital instrument panel
  • Oncoming Lane Mitigation

Test-Drive the Volvo XC40 near Pflugerville and San Marcos

Reach out to Volvo Cars of Austin today for more information about the Volvo XC40 and its available options and financing opportunities. And if you'd like a closer look at the premium amenities and accommodations, we welcome you to visit our Austin Volvo dealership, where you can experience firsthand what sets the XC40 apart from the competition. We have a variety of the latest Volvo models in stock, ready to test-drive. We'll be happy to show you around.

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