The 2021 Volvo XC40 is the smallest model in the crossover/SUV lineup, but it already gets some significant updates. The XC40 arrived as the 2018 YM, and only three years after that, the crossover goes all-electric. The first update is very significant, not only because of the EV version, but also the autonomous drive, which should reach Level 4 and beat all rivals.
Currently, the crossover offers two different drivetrain configurations. T4 and T5 are options. Besides the all-electric motor, the 2021 Volvo XC40 could also get the hybrid model. We read that a larger XC90 could go this way too. A better mpg rating is guaranteed, while the compact crossover is also going to bring a fun ride.
The Swedish carmaker is not going to change the look of its small crossover. They are preparing the coupe version of the flagship XC90. Again, the complete XC lineup is sharing similar stuff, and the new 2021 Volvo XC40 could also get a more aggressive version to compete with BMW X4.
2021 Volvo XC40 T4 and T5 Engines
The 2021 Volvo XC40 will keep current drivetrain options. The compact luxury crossover is available in T4 and T5 variants. Both are based on a 2.0-liter petrol engine. Turbochargers can make this mill burst 190 (T4) or 250 hp (T5). Besides the difference in power, the T4 sends power to front wheels, while both axles are getting energy when you opt for the T5. An eight-speed automatic transmission is smooth and boosts the gas mileage.
When you opt for the more powerful unit, you also get 260 lb-ft, while the T4 creates 220 pound-feet at 1,400 rpm. Fuel economy is similar. The AWD consumes slightly more and returns 26 mpg combined. Front-wheel drive will save some gas. The compact crossover is able to tow 3,500 pounds, which is a respectable result for the vehicle of its size.
Hybrid and All-Electric Versions
Volvo bases all its configurations on the 2.0-liter engine. A larger XC90 is also using the T5 setup but adds more powerful T6 and plug-in hybrid T8 with 400 hp. For the 2021 season, Hakan Samuelsson announced the electric version for the mid-size model. Well, Samuelsson told he is not making announcements the public wants to hear, but the company can’t fulfill. He wrote off the chances of S60 EV but didn’t mention the 2021 Volvo XC40. So, we have a reason to believe a smaller crossover is getting the same setup, although Mr. Samuelsson didn’t say anything about it.
Momentum, R-Design, and Inscription Models
The base version, Momentum, brings premium features, such as 18-inch wheels. The new design of rims and front fascia details will refresh the look of the 2021 Volvo XC40. The base model is not offering leather upholstery, but textile. Aluminum urban grid inlays and hidden tailpipes with silver skid plates are highlights of this model. Drivers will get help from a lane-keep aid, and a premium audio system is available across all the lineup.
Step up, you will get a sportier R-Design. Larger wheels, leather upholstery, unique interior details, and dual tailpipes are upgrades you get with this one. Blackcaps are on the side mirrors, and the 2021 Volvo XC40 R-Design comes with a sportier chassis. Slightly more expensive is the Inscription model. It is the most luxurious one with full leather upholstery with driftwood inlays.
2021 Volvo XC40 vs Competition
The new compact crossover will fight with the smallest vehicles from other companies. BMW X1 and Audi Q3 are rivaled by the German carmakers. All of them will show up as the all-electric models in the foreseeable future. Until then, these three vehicles will stun buyers all around the world.
In the US market, there is more competition for Japanese companies. Lexus recently launched the UX crossover, which will offer a hybrid setup. The smallest Acura model is RDX, while Infiniti is present with QX30. Lincoln and Cadillac are not paying too much attention to such small models, so there is no wonder why they are not among the best-sellers.
2021 Volvo XC40 Release Date and Price
The best offer for the 2021 Volvo XC40 will start at $35,000. Upper trim levels with AWD will cost above $40k. Updates under the hood will increase the price for models that offer hybrid and electric options. Depending on the size of the battery and the range, we believe the high-end EVs will cost around $55,000.