Compact luxury crossovers have become increasingly popular in recent years, and two of the most popular options in Dayton are the Volvo XC40 and BMW X3. While the Volvo XC40 is Volvo's latest vehicle, introduced in 2019, the BMW X3 was one of the pioneers of the class and is just coming off a complete redesign.

Both the BMW X3 and the Volvo XC40 offer impeccable luxury features, and bring unexpected utility to the compact vehicle class. Below, we're going to compare the BMW X3 vs Volvo XC40, so that Dayton shoppers can decide which compact luxury crossover is the best option for them. While BMW is known for its commitment to top performance and unrivaled quality, Volvo's reputation for packing in standard features and refinement has made its larger vehicles top choices for families.

Now, let's compare these two stellar luxury crossovers: The BMW X3 vs Volvo XC40.


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BMW X3 vs Volvo XC40 - Design & Features

While one of the first things Dayton shoppers might notice is that the BMW X3 is six inches longer than the Volvo XC40, many of their interior measurements, including passenger room, are quite comparable. Both luxury crossovers offer attractive exteriors, with an elevated driving position that inspires confidence for Dayton drivers.

When it comes to standard features, both the X3 and XC40 are particularly well-equipped for the class. Standard features on the base Volvo XC40 Momentum include LED headlights with automatic high-beams, automatic wipers, power liftgate, automatic climate control, keyless ignition, power driver seat with memory, digital gauge cluster display, Apple CarPlay & Android Auto, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi hotspot, and a 9-inch touchscreen with HD and satellite radio paired to an eight-speaker audio system.

The XC40 also comes with plenty of standard safety tech, including a rearview camera, lane departure warning & mitigation, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking. Of course, upgrading trims will bring additional features, but this is a very extensive list for a base model.

The BMW X3 also has its own impressive equipment list, including LED headlights & foglights, automatic wipers, power tailgate, rearview camera, power-folding, auto-dimming & heated mirrors, auto-dimming rearview mirror, keyless ignition, adjustable driving modes, automatic climate control, power front seats with memory, simulated-leather interior, and a 6.5-inch touchscreen paired to a 12-speaker audio system.

Both the Volvo XC40 and BMW X3 are well-equipped in their base form, with the XC40 coming with more standard safety tech, a larger touchscreen, and standard Android Auto & Apple CarPlay. Notably, the BMW X3 can add most of these features as options, with the exception of Android Auto.

Volvo XC40 vs BMW X3 - Engines & Driving

One of the major aspects that separates performance luxury vehicles like the XC40 and X3 from mainstream vehicles is their tuned driving experience and powerful engines. Naturally, many Dayton shoppers want to know about the engines and driving experiences offered by the Volvo XC40 and BMW X3.

Starting with the new Volvo XC40, Dayton buyers will find two engine options. The first is Volvo's T4 powertrain, which is a turbocharged engine producing 187 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque. This engine is paired to FWD, and provides a great blend of power and efficiency.

Going with the AWD T5 engine, Volvo XC40 owners will have a powertrain rated at 248 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. This level of power in the compact XC40 makes for an exciting driving experience, and allows for easy passing and acceleration. Both engines use an eight-speed automatic transmission to maximize low-range torque and efficiency.

Looking at the BMW X3, it's clear that BMW remains committed to its performance-oriented identity. The base engine on the BMW X3 is a 2.0l turbo producing 248 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. As you'll notice, these are the exact same figures as the T5 powertrain of the Volvo XC40, but the base X3 comes with RWD rather than FWD.

The BMW X3's upgraded engine comes on the M40i trim level, and is a turbocharged 3.0l producing 355 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. The X3 M40i also comes with a long list of added features in addition to its substantial increase in power.

Both the Volvo XC40 and BMW X3 provide inspired driving experiences with their engine lineup, as well as well-tuned suspensions and steering. Unlike the BMW X3, Volvo's engine options are completely independent of trim level, making it possible to mix and match trims and engines.


Comparing the Volvo XC40 vs BMW X3, it's clear that both European manufacturers have designed luxurious, high-performance compact crossovers. The X3 is slightly larger, and has more powerful engines at the top of the range. Meanwhile, the Volvo XC40 has a longer list of standard features, and is a bit ahead of BMW when it comes to infotainment.

Choosing between the XC40 and X3 will likely come down to personal preference when it comes to design, as well as which features are most important to you. We have included links to both vehicles above, so that you can compare prices, features, and schedule your test drive. If you're shopping for a compact luxury crossover, the Volvo XC40 and BMW X3 should both be high up on your list.

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