2021 Volvo XC40 vs 2021 Audi Q3 Comparison in Torrance, CA

When you're searching for a compact luxury crossover, we know there are a lot of options to choose from, such as the Audi Q3. The 2021 Volvo XC40 offers the most when it comes to space, comfort, safety, and so much more. This is why it was named to the 2021 Car and Driver's Editors' Choice List. To show you why we believe the XC40 is the best choice for your family, we've assembled this head-to-head comparison below so you can see the differences for yourself. Once you've made up your mind, contact South Bay Volvo to set up a test drive.

Volvo XC40 interior features

2021 Volvo XC40 vs 2021 Audi Q3 Size & Comfort

Each year, we see more SUVs on the road and for good reason. Their size, versatility, and durability make them a boon for families across the country and right here in Southern California. The XC40 delivers more room both up front and in the rear than the Q3 with more passenger volume and more max cargo room, delivering 57.5 cubic feet of space as opposed to the Q3's 48 cubic feet. Both offer a power liftgate for easy loading and unloading. Inside, the XC40 offers the pinnacle of comfort with genuine leather upholstery, power front seat with available heating options, and a CleanZone Multifilter cabin air filtration system so everyone inside can breathe a little easier.


Volvo XC40 technology specs

2021 Volvo XC40 vs 2021 Audi Q3 Technology

Instead of the traditional instrument cluster, both luxury SUVs offer digital instrument clusters for easier reading and convenient vehicle information. The XC40 has a larger display screen than the Q3, 12.3 inches vs 10.25 inches, making it easier to see. The XC40 has a larger display as well, a 9-inch tablet-like touchscreen with standard Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™, and Bluetooth® with seamless smartphone pairing for audio streaming, hands-free calling and texting, and more. Wireless charging is an available option on the XC40 to keep your device charged or you can use the USB-C ports scattered throughout the cabin so each passenger can keep their phones or tablets charged.

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Volvo XC40 performance specs

2021 Volvo XC40 vs 2021 Audi Q3 Performance

The base engines on both the XC40 and the Q3 are similar in size and power with only a small amount of horsepower separating them while they both generate 221 lb/ft of torque. They both have available engine upgrades but the Q3 will only offer you 228 horsepower while the XC40 T5 engine cranks out a mighty 250 horsepower. Both vehicles are standard all-wheel drive but you get better gas mileage from the XC40, 32 MPG on the highway, and go from 0-60 quicker. The XC40 will get you there in 6.2 seconds while it takes 8.6 seconds to get to 60 in the Q3.


Volvo XC40 safety features

2021 Volvo XC40 vs 2021 Audi Q3 Safety & Driver Assist Features

While the XC40 and the Q3 were awarded five stars by the NHTSA, only the XC40 was named an IIHS 2021 Top Safety Pick+, the organization's highest honor. This is thanks to the innovative LED lighting system that includes Active Bending Lights that pivot while you steer for more visibility while cornering. The XC40 also offers a wide array of standard driver assist technology including Lane Departure Warning, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and Automatic High-Beam Assist that are available only as upgrades on the Q3.

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Find Your Best Value at South Bay Volvo in Torrance, CA

Getting behind the wheel of the 2021 XC40 is the most exciting way to upgrade to a luxury SUV and get the best value for your investment. With award-winning safety, exciting performance, and a comfortable and spacious cabin, how can you not choose the XC40 over the Audi Q3. If you're still not convinced, we invite you to stop by the showroom at South Bay Volvo for a test drive and while you're here, check out the rest of the 2021 Volvo lineup.

2021 Volvo XC402021 Audi Q3
$33,700Starting MSRP*$34,000
32 Highway / 23 CityGas Mileage (MPG)30 Highway / 22 City
221 lb.-ft.Standard Torque221 lb.-ft.
187Standard Horsepower184
258-HP EngineEngine Upgrade228-HP Engine
39.1"Rear Headroom37.6"
12.3" Driver Display & 9" Center TouchscreenScreens10.25" Driver Display & 8.8" Center Touchscreen
StandardAuto-Dimming Rear View MirrorAvailable Upgrade
Standard FeatureAdaptive Cruise ControlAvailable Upgrade
5 StarsNHTSA Frontal Crash Score4 Stars

*As a model year progresses, changes may occur in some of the specs, features, options and pricing. The manufacturer reserves the right to make such changes. Prices listed are Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). Options may vary by region. See your Authorized Volvo Dealer for details.