2019 Volvo XC40 vs. 2019 Lexus UX Series

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The XC40’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The UX Series doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

Both the XC40 and UX Series have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The XC40 offers optional power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The UX Series’ child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The XC40 offers an optional 360-Degree Surround View Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The UX Series only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the XC40 and the UX Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear 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, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

The XC40’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the UX Series’ (12 vs. 6 years).

Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the XC40 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Volvo will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Lexus only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the UX Series.

There are over 24 percent more Volvo dealers than there are Lexus dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the XC40’s warranty.

Engine

The XC40 T4’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 18 more horsepower (187 vs. 169) and 70 lbs.-ft. more torque (221 vs. 151) than the UX 200’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The XC40 T4’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 6 more horsepower (187 vs. 181) than the UX 250h’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid. The XC40 T5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 67 more horsepower (248 vs. 181) than the UX 250h’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.

Fuel Economy and Range

Regardless of its engine, the XC40’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) Lexus only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the UX Series Hybrid.

The XC40 has 3.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the UX Series Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (14.2 vs. 10.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The XC40 has 1.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the UX Series’ standard fuel tank (14.2 vs. 12.4 gallons).

The XC40 has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The UX Series doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the XC40’s brake rotors are larger than those on the UX Series:

 

XC40

UX Series

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

12 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

11.1 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the XC40 has larger standard tires than the UX Series (235/55R18 vs. 225/50R18). The XC40’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the UX Series (245/45R20 vs. 225/50R18).

The XC40’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the UX Series’ 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XC40 offers optional 20-inch wheels. The UX Series’ largest wheels are only 18-inches.

The XC40 has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the UX Series; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

The XC40 offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The UX Series’ suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The XC40 has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The XC40’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The UX Series doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the XC40’s wheelbase is 2.5 inches longer than on the UX Series (106.4 inches vs. 103.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the XC40 is 2 inches wider in the front and 3 inches wider in the rear than on the UX Series.

Passenger Space

The XC40 has 1.8 inches more front headroom, .9 inches more front hip room, 1.6 inches more front shoulder room, 2.8 inches more rear headroom, 3 inches more rear legroom, 2.3 inches more rear hip room and 3.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the UX Series.

Cargo Capacity

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the XC40’s optional rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The UX Series doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Towing

The XC40 has a 3500 lbs. towing capacity. The UX Series has no towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

The XC40 uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The UX Series uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

Ergonomics

The power windows standard on both the XC40 and the UX Series have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the XC40 is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The UX Series prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The XC40’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The UX Series’ standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the XC40 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The UX Series doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

The UX Series F SPORT’s cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The XC40’s optional adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

Both the XC40 and the UX Series offer optional heated front seats. The XC40 also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the UX Series.

The XC40’s optional Park Assist Pilot can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The UX Series doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

The Volvo XC40 outsold the Lexus UX Series by over 27 to one during 2018.

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