Volvo XC40 vs Volvo XC60: verdict

How much difference is there between these Volvo SUVs? Time to see whether you should go large with the XC60 or save some money with the smaller XC40...

Volvo XC40 vs Volvo XC60 studio pics

Our verdict

The XC60 might be faster and more spacious than its smaller sibling, but that’s not enough to tip the scales in its favour here, because the XC40 is still plenty gutsy and practical enough for most.

Indeed, despite being significantly cheaper to buy and run, the XC40 really doesn’t feel it, being similarly classy and well equipped, and actually offering a more comfortable ride.

As a result, while the XC60 isn’t quite as good a car as large SUV rivals such as the Audi Q5 and BMW X3, the XC40 is the best family SUV bar none.

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1st – Volvo XC40

Volvo XC40 B4 2021 front

For Cheaper to buy; more comfortable; stronger resale value
Against Restricted over-the-shoulder view

What Car? rating 5 stars out of 5

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2nd – Volvo XC60

Volvo XC60 front cornering

For Faster; more rear leg room; bigger boot
Against Doesn’t feel like the pricier car it is

What Car? rating 4 stars out of 5

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Specifications: Volvo XC40 T3 R Design Geartronic

Engine 4cyl, 1477cc, turbo, petrol
Peak power 161bhp @ 5500rpm
Peak torque 195lb ft @ 1500rpm
Gearbox 8-spd automatic
0-60mph 9.6sec
Top speed 112mph
Official economy 38.7mpg
CO2 emissions 166g/km


Specifications: Volvo XC60 B5P Momentum Geartronic

Engine 4cyl, 1969cc, turbo, petrol
Peak power 247bhp @ 5400rpm
Peak torque 258lb ft @ 1800rpm
Gearbox 8-spd automatic
0-60mph 7.0sec
Top speed 112mph
Official economy 38.1mpg
CO2 emissions 168g/km


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