2019 Toyota Rav4 vs. 2019 Volvo XC40

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Rav4 and the XC40 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

Toyota’s powertrain warranty covers the Rav4 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 4 times as many Toyota dealers as there are Volvo dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Rav4’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 17th in initial quality. With 26 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 29th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 96 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 29th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Volvo is ranked 29th.

Engine

The Rav4’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 16 more horsepower (203 vs. 187) than the XC40 T4’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Rav4 gets better fuel mileage than the XC40:

 

 

 

MPG

Rav4

 

FWD

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

26 city/35 hwy

 

AWD

LE 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

27 city/34 hwy

 

 

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/33 hwy

XC40

 

FWD

T4 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/33 hwy

 

AWD

T5 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/31 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Toyota Rav4 uses regular unleaded gasoline. The XC40 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping

The Rav4 stops much shorter than the XC40:

 

Rav4

XC40

 

70 to 0 MPH

161 feet

175 feet

Car and Driver

Suspension and Handling

The Rav4 Adventure handles at .81 G’s, while the XC40 T5 R-Design AWD pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Rav4 Adventure executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the XC40 T5 R-Design AWD (27.5 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 28.1 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Rav4 LE/XLE’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the XC40’s (36.1 feet vs. 37.4 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Rav4 LE/XLE has a greater minimum ground clearance than the XC40 (8.4 vs. 8.3 inches), allowing the Rav4 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Rav4 XLE Premium/Adventure/Limited’s minimum ground clearance is .3 inch higher than on the XC40 (8.6 vs. 8.3 inches).

Chassis

The Toyota Rav4 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 350 pounds less than the Volvo XC40.

The front grille of the Rav4 Adventure/Limited 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.

Passenger Space

The Rav4 has .5 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front legroom, 1.1 inches more front shoulder room, .4 inches more rear headroom, 1.7 inches more rear legroom and .1 inches more rear shoulder room than the XC40.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Rav4’s rear seats recline. The XC40’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Rav4 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the XC40 with its rear seat up (37.6 vs. 20.7 cubic feet). The Rav4 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the XC40 with its rear seat folded (69.8 vs. 57.5 cubic feet).

Payload

The Rav4 has a higher standard payload capacity than the XC40 (1120 vs. 925 lbs.).

The Rav4 has a much higher maximum payload capacity than the XC40 (1240 vs. 925 lbs.).

Ergonomics

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Rav4 XLE/XLE Premium/Adventure/Limited has standard extendable sun visors. The XC40 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Rav4 Adventure/Limited 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 Rav4 Adventure has a 115-volt a/c outlet, 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.

Recommendations

The Toyota Rav4 outsold the Volvo XC40 by over 34 to one during 2018.

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