2021 Hyundai Tucson vs. 2021 Volvo XC40

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Safety

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Both the Tucson and the XC40 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available all wheel drive, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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The Tucson comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The XC40’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Tucson 6 years and 50,000 miles longer than Volvo covers the XC40. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the XC40 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 3 times as many Hyundai dealers as there are Volvo dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Tucson’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Tucson first among compact SUVs in their 2020 Initial Quality Study. The XC40 isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2020 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 57 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 31st, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 80 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 29th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Hyundai 18 places higher in reliability than Volvo.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

The Tucson has 2.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the XC40 (16.4 vs. 14.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Tucson stops shorter than the XC40:

Tucson

XC40

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

125 feet

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Suspension and Handling

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The Tucson has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The XC40’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Tucson SE handles at .82 G’s, while the XC40 T5 R-Design AWD pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Tucson Limited AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the XC40 T5 R-Design AWD (27.1 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.1 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Tucson’s turning circle is 2.5 feet tighter than the XC40’s (34.9 feet vs. 37.4 feet).

Chassis

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The Hyundai Tucson may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 100 to 400 pounds less than the Volvo XC40.

Passenger Space

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The Tucson has 4.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the XC40 (102.2 vs. 98).

The Tucson has .6 inches more front headroom, .6 inches more front legroom, .9 inches more front hip room, .4 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear headroom and 2.1 inches more rear legroom than the XC40.

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

Cargo Capacity

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The Tucson has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the XC40 with its rear seat up (31 vs. 20.7 cubic feet). The Tucson has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the XC40 with its rear seat folded (61.9 vs. 57.5 cubic feet).

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

Tucson

XC40

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

34.3”/69.5”

34.9”/65.7”

Max Width

53”

47.8”

Min Width

40.7”

39.5”

Height

35.2”

29.4”

Payload

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The Tucson has a much higher standard payload capacity than the XC40 (1138 vs. 925 lbs.).

The Tucson has a much higher maximum payload capacity than the XC40 (1146 vs. 925 lbs.).

Ergonomics

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

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Tucson Ultimate 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.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Tucson owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Tucson will cost $330 to $2130 less than the XC40 over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Hyundai Tucson will be $1763 to $9638 less than for the Volvo XC40.

Recommendations

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The Car Book by Jack Gillis recommends the Hyundai Tucson, based on economy, maintenance, safety and complaint levels.

The Hyundai Tucson outsold the Volvo XC40 by almost 8 to one during 2019.

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