Volvo XC40 vs XC60 Model Comparison

Compare the Volvo XC40 and XC60: Which Compact Crossover is Right for You?

Refined, capable, and practical, Volvo SUVs provide an elevated ownership experience. They stand well above the average utility vehicle, offering luxurious interiors, generous amenities, strong performance, and bold yet elegant style.

The Volvo lineup includes two small SUV options: the XC60 and XC40. The XC60 is a true compact crossover with spacious passenger accommodations and ample and flexible cargo capacities. The XC40 is smaller than the XC60 but larger than most models in the subcompact segment.

When deciding between the two models, it's important to consider the slight differences in powertrain options, standard features, and dimensions, in order to determine which one best aligns with your needs and desires. However, no matter which one you choose, you'll get to enjoy genuine Volvo luxury, stand-out executive style, and the automaker's signature Scandinavian craftsmanship and design.


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The XC40 and XC60 both offer Harrisburg drivers a choice of turbocharged powertrains.

The smaller XC40 has two engine options. The T4 is front-wheel-drive and features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 187 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. The T5 is all-wheel-drive and features a higher-output version of the 2.0-liter engine (248 horsepower, 258 pound-feet of torque).

The XC60 has three engine options, including a hybrid model with impressive power and efficiency:

  • XC60 T5: The base T5 engine is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that generates 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. XC60 T5 models come standard with front-wheel-drive, while all-wheel-drive is available as an option.

  • XC60 T6: The addition of a supercharger boosts the output of the T6's 2.0-liter engine to 316 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. All-wheel drive is standard equipment.

  • XC60 T8 eAWD: The T8 plug-in hybrid engine adds an electric motor to the turbocharged and supercharged T6 engine, which improves both fuel economy and power. The hybrid system produces a combined 400 horsepower and 472 pound-feet of torque. All-wheel-drive is standard equipment.

Dimensions, Space, and Cargo

The most apparent differences between the XC40 and X60 are their exterior dimensions and cargo and passenger volumes. Both models provide accommodations for five people and ample cargo space. The large XC60 is roomier and has a greater capacity for groceries, luggage, etc. The XC40's smaller exterior dimensions mean less interior space. However, it's better suited to city driving and is easier to maneuver in tight spaces.


The XC40's smaller dimensions are ideally suited for navigating crowded city streets and tight parking spaces, making it an excellent choice for Mechanicsburg drivers who want crossover utility while maintaining maximum maneuverability.

  • Front legroom: 40.9
  • Front headroom: 39
  • Front shoulder room: 56.7
  • Front hip room: 54.7
  • Rear legroom: 36.1
  • Rear headroom: 39.1
  • Rear shoulder room: 56.3
  • Rear hip room: 54.6

With all seats in place, the XC40 has nearly 21 cubic feet for cargo behind the second-row. Folding down the rear seats increases maximum cargo capacity to 57.5 cubic feet.


The XC60 is slightly larger, trading off a bit of tight-space maneuverability for added passenger comfort and cargo utility.

  • Front legroom: 41.5
  • Front headroom: 38
  • Front shoulder room: 58.2
  • Front hip room: 56.4
  • Rear legroom: 38
  • Rear headroom: 38
  • Rear shoulder room: 56.3
  • Rear hip room: 55.4

The XC60 provides almost 30 cubic feet behind the rear seats, and a maximum cargo capacity of 63.3 cubic feet with the second-row folded down.

Trims and Features

The XC40 and XC60 crossovers offer the three primary trim levels: the base-model Momentum, the sporty R-Design, and the luxurious inscription. Both models offer a generous list of features, with the XC60 including a few extra amenities across its lineup.


Standard features for both models include 18-inch wheels, automatic climate control, LED headlights, a power liftgate, a power-adjustable driver's seat, keyless ignition, roof rails, an eight-speaker audio system, and a a 9-inch Sensus touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration.

The XC60 adds additional features to the Momentum tier, including:

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • A power-adjustable passenger seat
  • A 12.3-inch digital dash display
  • A panoramic sunroof
  • A ten-speaker audio system


The R-Design trim highlights the models' sporty characteristics, with gloss-black and matte-silver accents, skid-plates, a sport-tuned suspension, a sport steering wheel with shift paddles, and 19-inch wheels. The XC40 R-Design adds many of the XC60's standard extras, while the XC60 R-Design equips premium Nappa leather, navigation, and a Harman Kardon audio system.


The Inscription trim highlights the models' luxury side with chrome accents, unique wheels, wood trim, leather upholstery, and exclusive color options. The XC60 Inscription gets a cooled glovebox, Driftwood inlays, ambient interior lighting, and four-zone automatic climate control.


Keeping with Volvo's enduring safety reputation, both models include several advanced driver-assistance technologies as standard equipment. These include:

  • Volvo City Safety (forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking)
  • Lane Keeping Aid
  • Road Sign Information
  • Automatic high beams
  • Run-off Road Mitigation

The XC60 includes pedestrian, cyclist, and large animal detection, as well as a driver alertness monitor and Oncoming Lane Mitigation.

Both models can add available driver-aids like Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with Steer Assist & Cross Traffic Alert with Autobrake, a 360-degree Surround View Camera, and Volvo's Pilot Assist semi-autonomous driving system with Adaptive Cruise Control.

Test Drive Volvo Crossovers near Camp Hill and Hershey, PA

Volvo crossovers deliver advanced technologies, cutting-edge safety features, responsive driving dynamics, and luxurious accommodations. The final choice will come down to your power, cargo volume, and passenger space requirements. However, no matter which model you select, you'll be treated to a refined and enjoyable Volvo ownership experience that lasts.

For more information, get in touch with the team at Lehman Volvo Cars of Mechanicsburg at your convenience. If you'd like to experience either of these premium crossovers for yourself, we invite you to visit our Volvo showroom serving Lemoyne, PA, where you can get behind the wheel for a test drive. It will be our pleasure to assist you.