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2021 Subaru Ascent vs. 2021 Volvo XC40 Review

New 2021 Subaru Ascent

2021 Subaru
Ascent

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New 2021 Volvo XC40

2021 Volvo
XC40

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MSRP*
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$32,295 to $45,445
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$33,700 to $41,450
Invoice* $30,304 to $42,290 $31,678 to $38,963
MPG - City 20 - 21 22 - 23
MPG - Hwy 26 - 27 30 - 32
Engine(s) Horizontal Inline-4
Seating Capacity 7 - 8 5
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** *****
Frontal Crash Rating** ***** *****
Side Crash Rating** ***** *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Rear passengers will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Subaru Ascent than in the Volvo XC40. The Subaru Ascent will be popular with taller drivers and passengers in the front seat, due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Volvo XC40.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Subaru Ascent as you will with the Volvo XC40, as they are both able to travel similar distances on a tank of gas.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). Whether you pick the Subaru Ascent or the Volvo XC40, it's going to cost you about the same. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Subaru Ascent will cost more in terms of transportation costs than the Volvo XC40.

Dimensions
Since the Subaru Ascent is much wider than the Volvo XC40, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. If you go with the Subaru Ascent, you may be circling the block looking for a space large enough to park more often than with the Volvo XC40.

Drivetrain
With somewhat higher torque, the Subaru Ascent transmits power to its wheels a bit more effectively than the Volvo XC40.

Handling
The Subaru Ascent has the same turning radius as the Volvo XC40, so they both maneuver the same in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When considering towing capacity, the Subaru Ascent is clearly the choice over the Volvo XC40 for pulling heavy loads. When it comes to horsepower, the Subaru Ascent greatly out-muscles the Volvo XC40.

Utility
Soccer Moms and those who need to chauffeur around a lot of people will appreciate the Subaru Ascent more than the Volvo XC40, due to its significantly greater seating capacity. With the Subaru Ascent, you'll be able to haul more equipment or luggage than the Volvo XC40.

Warranty
The basic warranty of the Subaru Ascent is not as nearly as extensive as that of the Volvo XC40.