Compare 2018 VOLVO SUVs: XC40 VS XC60 VS XC90

Volvo XC Models Comparison

Luxury buyers have a lengthy selection of choices for an SUV as the segment has exploded in popularity in recent years. Despite the growth in competition, the impressive lineup of Volvo SUVs continue to stand out for their innovative safety features, cutting-edge technology, and distinctive styling. If you've been curious about how the three Volvo SUVs compare, Volvo Cincinnati North is here to help with this helpful comparison guide which highlights the key differences between them. From the city-sized XC40 and striking midsized XC60 to the powerful XC90 -- every Volvo SUV offers striking Scandinavian style, impressive performance, and a luxurious cabin. Let's take a closer look.

Volvo XC40

2019 Volvo XC40

 Key Features

  • Starting at $35,200 MSRP
  • Cargo Capacity - 57.5 cubic feet
  • Seating Capacity - 5 Passengers
  • Standard Engine - 2.0L Turbocharged 4-Cylinder
    (248 HP / 258 lb ft TQ)
  • Interior Headroom with Panoramic Moonroof (Front/Rear)
    37.6 / 38.3 inches
  • Interior Legroom (Front/Rear) - 40.9 / 36.1 inches
  • Maximum Towing Capacity - 3,500 pounds

The Volvo XC40 is the smallest member of the Volvo SUV family, featuring seductive styling and innovative drive solutions that help redefine the standards for a true compact luxury SUV. Up to 17 combinations of distinctive exterior colors and a color-contrast roof help the XC40 reflect your own unique personality. Its standard 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine offers 248 horsepower for a driving experience that's equally efficient and inspiring. Optional all-wheel drive provides you with added peace of mind to face whatever conditions Mother Nature decides to throw at you.

2019 Volvo XC40 R-Design Interior

Surround yourself with ingenious storage solutions, smart tech features, and sophisticated styling accents inside the welcoming interior of the Volvo XC40. High-energy color options such as Oxide Red pair perfectly with diamond-cut details and unique décor inlays to help you stand out from the crowd. A standard 9-inch Sensus Touchscreen is as intuitive to use as a tablet device and integrates seamlessly with voice and steering-wheel controls. You'll also have the option to enjoy perfectly balanced acoustics from an available Harman Kardon Premium Sound audio system.

Availability remains limited for the Volvo XC40, with plenty of anticipation for when inventory arrives in enough volume to meet demand in early 2019. Meanwhile, you still have two fantastic options in the Volvo SUV model lineup -- the XC60 and XC90. For a modest increase in price, both of these vehicles offer increases performance, spaciousness, performance, and utility than does the compact XC40.

Volvo XC60

2019 Volvo XC60

 Key Features

  • Starting at $41,500 MSRP
  • Cargo Capacity - 63.3 cubic feet
  • Seating Capacity - 5 Passengers
  • Interior Headroom with Panoramic Moonroof
    (Front/Rear) - 38 inches
  • Standard Engine - Supercharged and Turbocharged 2.0L Inline 4-Cylinder (316 HP / 295 lb ft TQ)
  • Interior Legroom (Front/Rear) - 41.5 / 38 inches
  • Maximum Towing Capacity - 3,500 pounds

Located just above the city-sized XC40 and below the larger XC90, the Volvo XC60 is the quintessential midsize luxury SUV. After debuting a striking new exterior design for 2018, the XC60 delivers exceptional luxury to those living busy lifestyles. Also, the XC60 provides greater capability and performance compared to its smaller XC40 sibling. In base trim, XC60 offers 68 more horsepower than the XC40 and 152 more horsepower when equipped with the range-topping T8 Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid powertrain.

2018 Volvo XC60 Interior

With its midsize platform, the Volvo XC60 provides a generously sized interior which features premium accents and superb craftsmanship. A standard Panoramic Moonroof gives you the ability to flood the cabin with natural lighting and fresh air from outside. Both the driver and front seat passenger have plenty of room to stretch out and relax thanks to 38 inches of headroom and 41.5 inches of legroom inside the XC60. No longer will you have to fumble around for your keys when your hands are full to get access to the rear cargo area thanks to an available Hands-Free Tailgate. Optional Volvo City Safety technologies available on the XC60 include automated emergency braking, rear-cross traffic alert, and blind-spot assist to keep you safeguarded from the unexpected on the road.

2018 Volvo XC60 Award

For further evidence that the Volvo XC60 sets the standard for a midsize luxury SUV, it was chosen as 2018 World Car of the Year in the annual World Car Awards. A complete panel of 82 worldwide automotive journalists selected the XC60 for its premium combination of technology, safety, and style.

Volvo XC90

2018 Volvo XC90

 Key Features

  • Starting at $46,900 MSRP
  • Cargo Capacity - 85.7 cubic feet
  • Maximum Towing Capacity - 5,000 pounds
  • Available Engine - 313 HP Direct-Injected Turbo & Supercharged Engine with 87 HP electric motor (T8 Plug-In Hybrid)
  • Seating Capacity - Up to 7 Passengers
  • Interior Headroom with Panoramic Moonroof (Front/Rear/) - 38.9 / 38.5 inches
  • Interior Legroom (Front/Rear) - 40.9 / 37.0 inches
  • Standard Engine - 2.0L Inline 4-cylinder,
    Supercharged and Turbocharged (250 HP / 258 lb ft TQ)

Sitting atop the Volvo SUV lineup is the commanding XC90 -- delivering three-row seating for up to 7 passengers. Ideal for growing families, the Volvo XC90 provides plenty of comfort and capability features to keep the whole team entertained on your next weekend getaway. Choose from a selection of three powertrains which include a T5 2.0L Inline 4-cylinder with 250 HP, T6 Supercharged/Turbocharged 2.0L with 316 HP, and the range-topping T8 Plug-In Hybrid which offers a robust 400 HP. Optional all-wheel drive lets you tread fearlessly across slippery or icy road conditions with confidence. Perfect for bringing your largest toys along for the adventure, the Volvo XC90 also has a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds (when properly equipped).

2018 Volvo XC90 Interior

Lavish luxury and contemporary style surround the driver inside the evocative interior of the Volvo XC90. Delivering greater space than the XC40 and XC60, the XC90 offers three-row seating for up to 7 occupants. Providing a listening experience similar to that of a concert hall, the available Bowers & Wilkins audio system delivers outstanding clarity. Customize your comfort preferences with the four-zone climate system with an ionic air cleaner. Control entertainment and drive settings seamlessly with a massive 12.3-inch Digital Driver Display inside the XC90. Optimize comfort and handling with five individual settings on the available Active chassis with air suspension.

2018 Consumer Guide Best Buy

Further highlighting the class-leading performance, versatility, and value found in the XC90 -- it was selected as the winner of the Best Buy Award from Consumer Guide® for the 2018 model year. Of the 15 vehicles in its class, the experts at Consumer Guide® found the superb interior, excellent fuel efficiency, and unconventional feature availability of the XC90 placed it above the competition. As a matter of fact, this marks the third consecutive year in which the Volvo XC90 has been selected for the Best Buy Award from Consumer Guide®.

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