Volvo XC40 vs Audi Q3: How Do They Compare?

Audi q3 vs Volvo XC40

Compare the Audi Q3 vs. Volvo XC40 to find an SUV that suits your needs and lifestyle. Read our Audi Q3 vs. Volvo XC40 guide to see whether the luxury Audi Q3 or the mild hybrid Volvo XC40 is a better choice for you.

When you are ready, our team of specialists can help you decide which powertrain to include on your 2023 Volvo XC40 for sale.

2023 Volvo XC40 B5 vs. 2023 Audi Q3 Performance

2023 Volvo XC40 B5 2023 Audi Q3 Performance
MSRP Starting at $36,3501 Starting at $39,2002
Engine 2.0 liter 4-cylinder DI Turbo 2.0 liter 4-cylinder Turbo
Horsepower 247 228
Torque 258 lb-ft 251 lb-ft
Transmission 8-speed Automatic 8-speed Automatic
Drivetrain AWD AWD
Seating Capacity 5 5
Max Towing Capacity 3,500 lbs3 Not rated for towing

Audi Q3 vs. Volvo XC40 Price

Jump into a Volvo XC40 for a mild hybrid SUV with electric capability that will save you big at the gas pump while remaining at a more affordable entry price than an Audi Q3. The Audi Q3 may have a sophisticated interior feel as a luxury SUV, but the Volvo XC40 doesn't miss a beat on sophistication either.

Audi Q3 vs. Volvo XC40 Performance

Choosing the Volvo XC40 will give you much more versatility in performance than the Audi Q3. You will have a choice between the B4 FWD and B5 AWD powertrain — both of which can offer attractive performance. Choosing the B4 FWD option will give you slightly less performance, netting you 194 horsepower, 221 pound-feet of torque, and the ability to go from 0 to 60 in 8.1 seconds.

The Audi Q3 beats out this amount of power and performance by offering a standard 228 horsepower, 251 pound-feet of torque, and the ability to go from 0 to 60 in 7.1 seconds. At face value, the Audi Q3 may seem like a winner — until you check out the Volvo XC40 B5 powertrain configuration.

Get up to 247 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque on this mild hybrid SUV when using the B5 powertrain. Additionally, your acceleration time will drop below what the Audi Q3 offers by a whole second, taking you from 0 to 60 in only 6.1 seconds. In the battle for power and performance, the Volvo XC40 is a clear choice.

Audi Q3 vs. Volvo XC40 Dimensions

When comparing the 2023 Audi Q3 vs. 2023 Volvo XC40, we see that one offers more regarding dimensions. The Volvo XC40 boasts a 174.8-inch length, while the Audi Q3 offers a comparable 176.6-inch length. However, the Volvo XC40 is slightly wider, with 75.2 inches of width, while the Audi Q3 only offers 72.8 inches.

The Volvo XC40 is 65 inches tall, more than the Audi Q3 offers at only 62.9 inches. Don't let the comparable size of both SUVs fool you, however. The Volvo XC40 is a champion of cargo space with up to 57.5 cubic feet of maximum cargo space, while the Audi Q3 offers only 48 cubic feet of maximum cargo space.

Audi Q3 vs. Volvo XC40 Interior

The Audi Q3 and the Volvo XC40 offer ample interior features that make them worthy of your time, including a touchscreen display, comfortable leather seating options, and heated front seats. However, opt for the Volvo XC40 for practical storage solutions for everyday items like water bottles and shopping bags - something the Audi Q3 forgoes.

The Audi Q3 offers sleek seating, but the Volvo XC40 opts for textile or leather options available. Both SUVs will offer heated front seating and a gear shift knob that will accentuate the vehicle's interior look. Choose the Volvo XC40 for a crystal gear selector by Orrefors® - something you won't get on the Audi Q3.

Audi Q3 vs. Volvo XC40 Safety

When comparing safety features, we find the Volvo XC40 offers more safety features than the Audi Q3. While the Audi Q3 provides the Audi pre sense® front, which helps prevent collisions or bumps with other vehicles, the Volvo XC40 delivers something similar.

Choose the Volvo XC40 for an available 360-degree camera, pilot assist, and park assist for the rear and front, meaning you will have ample opportunity to avoid minor scrapes, dents, and more.

Test Drive the Volvo XC40 Today

The comparison between the Volvo XC40 and the Audi Q3 shows us there is one winner in performance, safety, and interior features: the Volvo XC40. Visit our location in Cary, NC, to get a better idea of how the Volvo XC40 functions and how you can lease a new Volvo XC40. Our team is more than happy to answer any questions you may have, as well as walk you through our lease options.

For a vehicle with more electric capability, check out our Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric model, which can net you an EPA-estimated 223 miles of pure electric range. Check with our specialists to see how you can get a Volvo SUV with electric capability today.


Is the Volvo XC40 safer than the Audi Q3?

The Volvo XC40 and the Audi Q3 have a wide range of safety features that differ. The Audi Q3 has an array of airbags, electronic stability control, and a tire pressure monitoring system. You can also rely on this vehicle for a cruise control system and progressive steering. The Volvo XC40 has all these features, a 360-degree camera and intelligent technology to avoid collisions.

Can the XC40 tow more than the Audi Q3?

When comparing the Volvo XC40 and the Audi Q3 towing capacity, we see a clear winner with the Volvo XC40. This mild hybrid SUV can tow up to 3,500 pounds when properly equipped, meaning you'll be able to get all your gear and equipment where it needs to go. The 2023 Audi Q3 does not offer additional towing packages or hitches to enable towing.

How does the Volvo XC40 compare to the Audi Q3 in terms of performance?

The Volvo XC40 offers better performance than the Audi Q3 when using the available Volvo XC40 B5 AWD powertrain. The Audi Q3 can offer 228 horsepower and 251 pound-feet of torque, while the Volvo XC40 with a B5 AWD powertrain offers 247 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The Volvo XC40 also goes from 0 to 60 in 6.1 seconds, one second faster than the Audi Q3.

1Prices shown are Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP), Base Price or Starting At price and excludes destination fees, taxes, title, license, and registration and/or electronic filing fees, dealer fees.

2Price excludes $1,195 destination, taxes, title, other options and dealer changes. Dealer sets actual price.

3When properly equipped.

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