2019 Chevrolet Equinox vs. 2019 Volvo XC40

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the Chevrolet Equinox’s rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Volvo XC40 doesn’t offer comfort guides on its rear seat belts.

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Equinox are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The XC40 doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

Both the Equinox and the XC40 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Equinox the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 149 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The XC40 has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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Chevrolet’s powertrain warranty covers the Equinox 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Volvo covers the XC40. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the XC40 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 10 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Volvo dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Equinox’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 40 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 29th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 38 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 22nd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2018 Auto Issue reports that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Chevrolet 5 places higher in reliability than Volvo.

Engine

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The Equinox’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 4 more horsepower (252 vs. 248) and 2 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 258) than the XC40 T5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Equinox diesel gets better fuel mileage than the XC40:

 

 

Equinox

XC40

 

FWD

1.6 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

28 city/39 hwy

23 city/33 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

AWD

1.6 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

28 city/38 hwy

23 city/31 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

On the EPA test cycle the Equinox gets better fuel mileage than the XC40:

 

 

Equinox

XC40

 

2WD

1.5 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

26 city/32 hwy

23 city/33 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

4WD

1.5 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

25 city/30 hwy

23 city/31 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chevrolet Equinox uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended with the 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine for maximum performance). The XC40 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Equinox AWD/Diesel’s standard fuel tank has 1.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the XC40 (15.6 vs. 14.2 gallons).

Transmission

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A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Chevrolet Equinox 2.0 turbo 4 cyl., for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the XC40.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Equinox stops much shorter than the XC40:

 

Equinox

XC40

 

70 to 0 MPH

161 feet

173 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

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The Equinox has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The XC40 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

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The Equinox Premier AWD handles at .86 G’s, while the XC40 T5 R-Design 4x4 pulls only .85 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis

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The Chevrolet Equinox may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 50 to 450 pounds less than the Volvo XC40.

The front grille of the Equinox uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The XC40 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Equinox uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The XC40 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Equinox has 1 inch more front headroom, .5 inches more front shoulder room and 3.6 inches more rear legroom than the XC40.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Equinox’s rear seats recline. The XC40’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The Equinox has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the XC40 with its rear seat up (29.9 vs. 20.7 cubic feet). The Equinox has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the XC40 with its rear seat folded (63.5 vs. 47.2 cubic feet).

The Equinox’s cargo area is larger than the XC40’s in almost every dimension:

 

Equinox

XC40

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

34.9”/67.4”

34.9”/65.7”

Max Width

53.7”

47.8”

Min Width

40.7”

39.5”

Height

31”

29.4”

Ergonomics

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The Equinox Premier’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The XC40 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Equinox’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The XC40 has neither an oil pressure gauge nor a temperature gauge.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Equinox LS/LT/Premier’s available exterior keypad. The XC40 doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its Volvo On Call can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Equinox has standard extendable sun visors. The XC40 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Equinox Premier keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The XC40 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The Equinox (except L/LS) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The XC40 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Equinox is less expensive to operate than the XC40 because typical repairs cost less on the Equinox than the XC40, including $65 less for front struts.

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