Audi Q3 vs. Volvo XC40 Comparison

The Audi Q3 vs. Volvo XC40. A battle between two excellent luxury SUVs. They are both beautiful to look at, luxurious, agile, powerful, and offer great technology features. You may not be surprised to know that, around here, we prefer the Volvo XC40. But we understand that every person should get to make this decision for themselves. Read on to see a detailed comparison of the Audi Q3 vs. Volvo XC40 so that you can make an informed decision for yourself!

XC40 VS Audi Q3
  • Momentum $34,795 MSRP3
  • Inscription: $40,545 MSRP3
  • R-Design: $40,045 MSRP3
Starting MSRP:
  • Premium: $ 34,000 MSRP2
  • Premium Plus: $ 37,300 MSRP2
  • T4 FWD standard
  • T5 AWD +$2,000
  • 40 TFSI® quattro® Tiptronic® standard
  • 45 TFSI® S line® quattro® Tiptronic® +$2,000
  • 8.4 seconds
  • 6.1 seconds
  • 8.6 seconds
  • 7 seconds
  • 32 mpg
  • 30 mpg
  • 25 mpg
  • 23 mpg
  • 187 hp
  • 248 hp
  • 184 hp
  • 228 hp
  • 221 ft. lb.
  • 258 ft. lb.
  • 221 lb-ft
  • 258 lb-ft
20.7 ft³, 47.2 ft³ with seat area Cargo: 23.7 ft³, 48 ft³ with seat area
3500 lbs. Towing: 1500 lbs.

The Audi Q3 vs. Volvo XC40: Main Highlights

There are many luxury SUVs on the market all fighting for your attention. In our opinion, the Audi Q3 is probably the Volvo XC40's top adversary. The Audi Q3 boasts a great combination of comfort and athleticism, a gorgeous interior cabin, innovative tech features, and more. Exciting features on the Audi Q3 include handwriting recognition, wireless Apple CarPlay, a 12.3-inch Audi Virtual Cockpit, parking assist, and more.

The Volvo XC40 boasts a range of potent powertrains, Scandinavian design details, spacious seating, and a range of standard features. Luxury appointments include Nubuck leather upholstery, sport suspension, power-folding rear headrests, and wireless device charging.

But enough of the niceties. Let's let the Audi Q3 vs. Volvo XC40 battle begin!

The Audi Q3 vs. Volvo XC40: Performance

The Audi Q3 only offers one powertrain option. To be fair, it is powerful. The Audi Q3 is powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. It is fun to drive and has plenty of muscle. The Audi Q3 also comes standard with quattro® all-wheel drive. A big downfall of the Audi Q3 is its meager EPA estimates. You'll get 20 city and 28 highway MPG.1

The Volvo XC40 has two powertrain options on the standard vehicle. The first is a turbocharged four-cylinder that gets 187 horsepower. The second is also a turbo-four, but it gets an impressive 248 horsepower. Even the first option gives you plenty of acceleration from a stop. You'll get an EPA-estimated 23 city and 32 highway MPG on the Volvo XC40.1 Plus, the Volvo XC40 is the first Volvo vehicle to have a fully electric powertrain: the Volvo XC40 Recharge. The Recharge edition not only gets you 79 MPGe,1 but it also has a whopping 402 horsepower!

When it comes to the performance of the Audi Q3 vs. Volvo XC40, you can get the vehicle with one option or the one with three powerful (and fuel-efficient) choices.

The Audi Q3 vs. Volvo XC40: Interior

Both of these vehicles shine in different ways in this category.

Let's start with the Audi Q3. The interior is high-tech and comfy. It boasts 23.7 cubic feet of space in the trunk and 48 cubic feet total with the back row folded. Like the Volvo vehicle, the Audi seats five passengers. Leather upholstery and heated seats are standard. The seats are roomy for all passengers and have the ability to slide and recline.

The Volvo XC40 has an unmistakable, simplistic Scandinavian design filled with high-quality materials in the cabin. The Volvo XC40 has slightly less cargo space, coming in at 20.7 cubic feet for the trunk and 47.2 cubic feet total. The seats are highly cushioned, and the Volvo XC40 offers more passenger space in the second row than the Audi Q3 does.

The Audi Q3 vs. Volvo XC40: Safety

When it comes to safety, it is truly hard to beat any Volvo vehicle. Volvo Cars is known for being years ahead of the game in both safety research and innovation. Plus, the entire Volvo IntelliSafe list of features comes standard on every vehicle.

The IntelliSafe suite includes forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, oncoming collision mitigation, lane departure warning, rain-sensing windshield wipers, rear parking sensors, lane keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive headlights, automatic high beam headlights, and a rearview camera. There is no other luxury SUV that offers more standard safety features than that. You get all of it for not a cent extra — bonus points for the Volvo XC40.

The Audi Q3 only comes with three standard safety features: a rearview camera, Audi Pre Sense Basic (which tightens seat belts if it senses a collision), and Audi Pre Sense Front (forward collision warning/braking). You have to pay a pretty penny extra for parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and adaptive cruise control. Beyond this, there are a ton of safety specs the Volvo XC40 offers that the Audi Q3 can't even provide.

The Audi Q3 vs. Volvo XC40 battle isn't looking too hot for the Audi Q3.

The Audi Q3 vs. Volvo XC40: Standard Features

Safety isn't the only thing that comes standard with Volvo vehicles. Volvo Cars also doesn't charge you extra for the luxury tech features you deserve.

The Volvo XC40 Momentum (base trim) comes standard with:

  • Automatic Climate Control
  • Eight-Way Power-Adjustable Driver's Seat
  • Power Liftgate
  • 12.3-Inch Digital Instrument Cluster
  • Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
  • Auto-Dimming Outside Mirrors
  • Leather Upholstery
  • Nine-Inch Touchscreen Infotainment System
  • Bluetooth
  • Multiple USB Ports
  • Satellite Radio & HD Radio
  • Eight-Speaker Premium Sound System
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • The Entire IntelliSafe Suite

Now that's a ton of features. Of course, you can add on other luxury appointments through packages, as well.

Let's see what the Audi Q3 offers standard:

  • MMI Infotainment System
  • 8.8-Inch Touchscreen
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Leather Upholstery
  • Bluetooth
  • Multiple USB Ports
  • Automatic Climate Control
  • Power Liftgate
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • 10-Speaker Stereo

As you can see, you get a lot more with the Volvo XC40. Are you ready for the kicker? The Volvo XC40 gives you more and costs less. The starting MSRP for Audi Q3 is $34,000.2 The starting MSRP for the Volvo XC40 is $33,700.3 You might be sitting there saying, "that's not a big difference." But considering how much more you get for $300 less, it really is.

The 2021 Audi Q3 vs. 2021 Volvo XC40: Get Your Winner at Volvo Cars Tampa

While we greatly admire the Audi Q3, it seems like the Volvo XC40 outperforms in most categories. But, the choice is ultimately yours! If you are ready to get behind the wheel of the Volvo XC40, come visit our dealership.

1EPA estimates only. Actual mileage may vary.

2Starting MSRP of $34,000 for a 2021 Q3 Premium 40 TFSI® quattro® with automatic transmission. Price excludes $1,095 destination, taxes, title, other options and dealer changes. Dealer sets actual price.

3Prices shown are Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP), Base Price or Starting At price and excludes destination fees, taxes, title, license, and registration and/or electronic filing fees, dealer fees.