The next year will be pretty big for the Swedish manufacturer, as the smallest crossover in the lineup is bringing some pretty important novelties. The 2021 Volvo XC40 changes will include all kinds of stuff but the most important is definitely the new all-electric version. It will bring this crossover in a completely new layout but won’t be the only novelty. The next year will also bring a lot of new things in terms of standard features, particularly when it comes to safety systems. Other than that, things will remain largely the same.
This means you may count on a dynamic crossover, which offers great ride quality, hi-level comfort and an impressive list of standard features. Furthermore, the interior quality is amazing, while there is plenty of room for passengers in both rows. On the other side, the biggest flaws are small cargo area and below-average predicted reliability rating. When it comes to the 2021 Volvo XC40 release date, the new version is already available.
2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge
The 2021 Volvo XC40 electric version is without any doubt the biggest novelty for the next year. This is the first all-electric vehicle from the Swedish manufacturer and it brings some pretty respectable numbers. The new version will be powered by a couple of electric motors, with a total output of pretty impressive 402 horsepower. That’s enough to ensure a 0-60 sprint in less than five seconds with ease.
Besides, strong performance, you may also count on a decent range. This crossover will come equipped with a 75-kWh battery and the company claims a max range of around 200 miles. That’s pretty much on par with models like Jaguar I-Pace and Audi e-tron. Of course, you may count on a couple of charging options, including a fast charger.
2021 Volvo XC40 Design
Other than the new all-electric version, the 2021 Volvo XC40 won’t change too much in terms of base design characteristics. Of course, this particular model will come with a couple of exclusive styling details, but the overall look is the familiar one. Models will gasoline engines will certainly carry on with a familiar design and the best we could see is the addition of new color options.
The same thing goes for interior design. The cabin will remain pretty much the same, which definitely isn’t a bad thing. Moreover, we are talking about one of the best-looking interiors in the class. It is characterized by both attractive aesthetics and fine materials.
Besides a high level of quality, the cabin is also spacious. Untypically for the class, there is plenty of passenger room in both rows. So, we can say that the XC40 accommodates five adult passengers with ease. On the other side, things aren’t that great in terms of cargo volume. You may count on about 20.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 47.2 cubic feet of the overall cargo space. That’s below-average for the class.
Besides the new all-electric version, the 2021 Volvo XC40 will also come with a much longer list of standard features. For example, blind-spot monitoring, rear-cross-traffic alert, leather upholstery, adaptive LED headlamps, power-folding exterior mirrors with an auto-dimming function, rear parking sensors, and two rear-seat USB-C have all been added to the list of standard features. The list of standard features also includes goodies like automatic climate control, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, and a 9-inch touch-screen infotainment system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a Wi-Fi hot spot, an eight-speaker stereo, HD Radio, satellite radio etc.
When it comes to safety, things like forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, automatic high-beam headlights, and a rearview camera are also on the list of standard features.
2021 Volvo XC40 Engines
Besides the new 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge, the next year won’t bring changes under the hood. Therefore, you may count on a familiar 2.0-liter turbo-four, which comes in two output versions. The base version delivers around 187 horsepower. That’s more than enough for daily commuting. Those with more driving enthusiasm can pick a version with 248 horsepower, which really impresses with driving dynamics.
Both engines come in pair with an 8-speed automatic transmission, which may be slow with downshifts but generally works well. When it comes to fuel economy, you may count on about 23 mpg in the city and 33 mpg with the base engine. That is quite typical for the class. The more powerful version is slightly thirstier and returns around 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.
2021 Volvo XC40 Price and Competition
The base 2021 Volvo XC40 price goes around 35.000 dollars, while the new all-electric model will feature a starting price of around 50.000 dollars. Key competitors are models like BMW X1, Mercedes GLA, Audi Q3, Lexus UX etc.