Volvo’s latest compact crossover crushes the competition on both fuel economy and power.
The EPA yesterday revealed estimated fuel economy ratings for the all-new 2019 Volvo XC40, and the compact crossover fares admirably against its competition by offering top-notch fuel economy with plenty of power on tap.
Officially, the 2019 XC40 T5 AWD gets 23 mpg city, 31 mpg highway and 26 mpg combined, according to the environment-focused government agency.
This puts the XC40 a step ahead of its entry-luxury competitors such as the BMW X1 xDrive28i, which only gets 22 mpg city, 31 mpg highway and 25 mpg combined for a more expensive vehicle. As for the Audi Q3 quattro, fuel economy proves to be even worse with 20 mpg city, 28 mpg highway and 23 mpg combined.
Mercedes-Benz’s GLA250 4Matic matches the XC40’s fuel economy figures, but its 208-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder suffers a 40-horsepower deficit compared to the 248-horsepower Volvo. For comparison, the BMW X1’s 2.0-liter turbo gets 231 horsepower and the Audi’s TSFI engine offers 200 horsepower.
While the also-all-new Jaguar E-Pace gets up to 296 horsepower from its turbo 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, the kitten crossover only manages 21 mpg city, 28 mpg highway and 24 mpg combined fuel ratings.
Porsche’s Macan crossover, when equipped with the 2.0-liter turbo-four gets similarly disappointing figures as the Audi Q3 with 20 mpg city, 25 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined, making it difficult to justify its 4-horsepower advantage over the XC40.
Compared to the non-luxury set, a cheaper vehicle such as the Mazda CX-5 with all-wheel drive and a non-turbo 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine does get a 24 mpg city rating, but with only 30 mpg highway, the combined rating matches the Volvo’s 26. However, the CX-5’s SkyActiv engine only gets a paltry 184 horsepower.
The 2019 XC40 kicks off pricing with an MSRP of $35,200. The BMW X1 rings in at $35,900, while the Audi Q3 comes in at a $35,200 price tag. The Mazda CX-5’s Touring trim rings in at $28,490 and $31,920 for the top-of-the-line Grand Touring trim level. Mercedes-Benz’s GLA250 starts at $35,400. The powerful Jaguar E-Pace starts off at $38,600 from the jump. The Porsche Macan tops the lot with a whopping $47,800 starting price.
First Pictures: 2019 Volvo XC40
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