Head-To-Head: Volvo XC40 vs XC90

Celebrated for its dedication to safety, Volvo is an automotive brand that drivers trust. If you’re in the market for a new SUV, then Volvo should appear on your shortlist.

The question that remains, however, is which model will best serve your needs? Let’s compare the XC40 and XC90 models to find out!


To start off, the XC40 is a compact SUV that comes in three trims: Momentum, R-Design, and Inscription. Retail prices range from $33,700 to $40,450. 

As for the XC90, this luxury SUV is available in the exact same trims. Retails prices start at $49,645 and may exceed $63,895.


The XC40 can come either as a FWD or an AWD. Each trims comes with a four cylinder, 2-litre engine, generating either 184 or 248 horsepower. With its eight-speed automatic transmission, the XC40 handles seamlessly.

The XC90 is equipped with a turbocharged 2-litre four cylinder engine with 250 horsepower. There is also the option to upgrade to a plug-in hybrid XC90 T8 engine, generating a whopping 400 horsepower. This SUV has unbeatable drivability, handling, and suspension.

In terms of fuel economy, the XC40 can do 29 mpg, which is not as impressive as its closest competitors. The XC90 manages about 26 mpg overall, which is a little more impressive given the difference in tank size.

Interior And Infotainment

The XC40 seats five passengers, while the XC90 has room for up to seven. Both models boasts plenty of cargo space – the XC40 has up to 47.2 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down, while the XC90 85.7 cubic feet with both rear seat rows folded down.

The XC40 has a comfortable interior, even if not as upscale as the XC90. It comes with either textile or leather upholstery, and can also be fitted with an optional blaze-orange carpeting. The XC90 is luxury personified, with an elegant interior beautifully layered with leather upholstery and fitted with 

The XC40 comes with an array of infotainment features, including Volvo’s Sensus Connect infotainment system and integrated voice controls. Optional extras include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and two USB ports. The XC90 is equipped with similar features, as well as optional extras such as al Wi-Fi hotspot and a 19-speaker Bowers and Wilkins sound system.


As expected from Volvo, both models received five star ratings from the NHTSA, thereby upholding Volvo’s legendary status in the safety department.

The XC40’s safety features include automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning, lane keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control. The XC90 comes with additional features such as blind-spot monitoring, forward-collision warning, and rear cross-traffic alert.

The Bottom Line

Your choice of model depends on the experience you’re looking for. If you’re hunting for a large, family-oriented vehicle offering premium luxury, then the XC90 is your ride. If you’re looking for a stylish, easy-to-drive SUV with plenty of value for money, then the XC40 is up your alley.