2021 Volvo XC40 vs 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLE

2021 Volvo XC40
2021 Volvo XC40
$33,700MSRP
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2022 Mercedes-Benz GLE
2022 Mercedes-Benz GLE
$56,150MSRP
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2021 Volvo XC40
$33,700MSRP
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2022 Mercedes-Benz GLE
$56,150MSRP
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Overview

MSRP

$33,700

MSRP

$56,150

Average price

$29,811

Average price

$55,913

Listings

534

Listings

821
Ratings & Reviews
User Reviews
User Reviews

Expert reviews

8.0 out of 10

Expert reviews

7.7 out of 10
Pros
  • Stylish design
  • Powerful engine
  • Multiple powertrain options
Cons
  • Not much cargo space
  • Recharge model is expensive
Pros
  • Powerful engine
  • Impressive technology
Cons
  • Potentially polarizing design
  • Advanced safety features are not standard
  • Poor value for money

2021 Volvo XC40 Reviews Summary

Introduced for the 2019 model year, the Volvo XC40 enters 2021 with one major change—the addition of an all-electric powertrain option. The 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge is the Swedish automaker’s first mass-market electric vehicle, in fact.

The Recharge will be sold alongside gasoline versions of the XC40, which carry over largely unchanged, and compete against small luxury crossovers like the Audi Q3, BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, and Lexus UX. With its electric powertrain, the Recharge is a de facto Tesla Model Y competitor. It’s also priced similar to high-end versions of the Ford Mustang Mach-E, although the two electric crossovers have somewhat different philosophies.

In addition to that zero-emission powertrain, the Recharge gets an Android-based operating system, over-the-air (OTA) software update capability for all vehicle systems, and some updates to driver-assist tech. These changes don’t apply to gasoline 2021 XC40 models, but Volvo does plan to add the Android operating system to more vehicles in the future.

Since the Recharge is the main new thing for the 2021 XC40, that’s what we focused on for this review. While the gasoline XC40 is available in three trim levels—Momentum, R-Design, and Inscription—with front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD), the Recharge is only offered in a single trim level, with standard AWD.

2022 Mercedes-Benz GLE Reviews Summary

Once ridiculed and now increasing in popularity at an alarming rate, the SUV coupe, a vehicle type originated by BMW and copied by others to varying degrees of success, is taking over the gated suburban enclaves of America. From Acura (remember the ZDX?) to Volvo (C40 Recharge coming right up), automakers are trying the concept on for size, and it doesn’t always fit. However, the 2022 Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 Coupe, a low-roofed version of the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class SUV, is one recipe that works.
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Popular Features & Specs

Engine

2.0L 187 hp I4

Engine

2.0L 255 hp I4

Drive Train

FWD

Drive Train

RWD

Seating Capacity

5

Seating Capacity

7

Horsepower

187 hp @ 4700 rpm

Horsepower

255 hp @ 5800 rpm

MPG City

23

MPG City

19

MPG Highway

32

MPG Highway

27
2021 Volvo XC40
2021 Volvo XC40
$33,700MSRP
Overview
Overview
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2022 Mercedes-Benz GLE
2022 Mercedes-Benz GLE
$56,150MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
2021 Volvo XC40
$33,700MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
2022 Mercedes-Benz GLE
$56,150MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
Overview
MSRP
$33,700
$56,150
Average price
$29,811
$55,913
Listings
Ratings & Reviews
User reviews
4.5
4.9
Expert reviews

8.0 out of 10

Read full review

7.7 out of 10

Read full review
Pros & cons
Pros
  • Stylish design
  • Powerful engine
  • Multiple powertrain options
Cons
  • Not much cargo space
  • Recharge model is expensive
Pros
  • Powerful engine
  • Impressive technology
Cons
  • Potentially polarizing design
  • Advanced safety features are not standard
  • Poor value for money
Summary

Introduced for the 2019 model year, the Volvo XC40 enters 2021 with one major change—the addition of an all-electric powertrain option. The 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge is the Swedish automaker’s first mass-market electric vehicle, in fact.

The Recharge will be sold alongside gasoline versions of the XC40, which carry over largely unchanged, and compete against small luxury crossovers like the Audi Q3, BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, and Lexus UX. With its electric powertrain, the Recharge is a de facto Tesla Model Y competitor. It’s also priced similar to high-end versions of the Ford Mustang Mach-E, although the two electric crossovers have somewhat different philosophies.

In addition to that zero-emission powertrain, the Recharge gets an Android-based operating system, over-the-air (OTA) software update capability for all vehicle systems, and some updates to driver-assist tech. These changes don’t apply to gasoline 2021 XC40 models, but Volvo does plan to add the Android operating system to more vehicles in the future.

Since the Recharge is the main new thing for the 2021 XC40, that’s what we focused on for this review. While the gasoline XC40 is available in three trim levels—Momentum, R-Design, and Inscription—with front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD), the Recharge is only offered in a single trim level, with standard AWD.

Once ridiculed and now increasing in popularity at an alarming rate, the SUV coupe, a vehicle type originated by BMW and copied by others to varying degrees of success, is taking over the gated suburban enclaves of America. From Acura (remember the ZDX?) to Volvo (C40 Recharge coming right up), automakers are trying the concept on for size, and it doesn’t always fit. However, the 2022 Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 Coupe, a low-roofed version of the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class SUV, is one recipe that works.
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Popular Features & Specs
Engine
2.0L 187 hp I4
2.0L 255 hp I4
Drive Train
FWD
RWD
Seating Capacity
5
7
Horsepower
187 hp @ 4700 rpm
255 hp @ 5800 rpm
MPG City
23
19
MPG Highway
32
27
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