2018 Volvo XC40 vs. 2018 Ford Explorer

Showing a rugged and solid construction in their respective exteriors, it is easy to understand why the 2018 Volvo XC40 and the 2018 Ford Explorer have been pitted against each other by a lot of car buyers out there. If you share the same predicament as to finalizing your purchase by choosing between these two cars, it will be good to get to know them better. You can use this comparison to help you decide.

Design & Style

While the 2018 Volvo XC40 seems to be small, it still does not fail in the sense that it has that wow factor in its exterior. Undeniably, the interior carries the same quality you are expecting from a Volvo. Add to that, the smart storage features in this car is highly commendable too. Of course, comfort is never sacrificed even in this small car.

Rugged and sporty are words that best describe the 2018 Ford Explorer. It has an impressive interior design as well. Add to that, it managed to eliminate those touch controls that are oversensitive. What you will not like about the Ford Explorer design wise is the use of cloth for materials inside the cabin. Rear visibility has also been compromised.

Technology & Safety

The 2018 Volvo XC40 is gifted with intuitive technology that offers connectivity at its best. It comes with a center touch screen that is user-friendly and a high-resolution display that will work to your delight while driving. Voice control is impeccable too as it recognizes normal speech. For its safety side, you will still get to enjoy the usual City Safety feature. This works as your eyes even when there are pedestrians, vehicles ahead of you. It even warns you if a collision is imminent down the road. Automatic braking works well when you don't react to a possible collision immediately. That is definitely smart technology.

You can also take note of how great the safety features of the 2018 Ford Explorer is. It includes lane departure warning and intervention, adaptive cruise control, and blind spot monitoring. The infotainment system is not impressive for this car model though.


Relying on a turbocharged four-cylinder, 2.0-liter engine, the 2018 Volvo XC40 can reach a maximum of 258lb-ft of torque and 247 horsepower. While the 2018 Ford Explorer relies on a V6, 2.5-liter engine, the expected power does not reach a high level. The yield is only up to 255lb-ft of torque and 290 horsepower.

The Bottom Line

The 2018 Volvo XC40 is indeed a great choice, a whole lot better when compared to the 2018 Ford Explorer. The well-polished interior matches its exterior design with impressive technology and safety features that you can take pleasure of. Of course, it performs better too. Now, you know the XC40 should be your next car.

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Do you want to see and experience for yourself what this Volvo vehicle has to offer? Visit us at Volvo Cars Manhattan today! Our customer service representatives are knowledgeable and can provide pertinent advice regarding car purchase, servicing, financing, and more. Contact us today and book a test drive for the 2018 Volvo XC40 now!


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