The Volvo XC40 luxury SUV is small in size but big on substance. Volvo has always placed a high priority on safety and this smallest Volvo XC40 comes with numerous driver-assist systems. A striking exterior and well-crafted interior give the SUV a premium appeal, even though it starts at mid-$30s. While some rivals may be more sporty to drive, the Volvo XC40 is a great SUV for its cutting-edge technology and large presence at a fair price.
The Volvo XC40 is a small SUV that will appeal to shoppers looking for comfort and attention to detail. It was designed by Volvo to be stylish, fuel-efficient, and provide advanced driving assistance. Although the base engine isn’t very sporty, the upgraded powerplant is fast. Although it’s not as spacious or fun to drive, the stylish and refined XC40 small SUV is one of most advanced on the market.
Pricing and Trims
The gas-powered Volvo XC40 comes in three trims: Momentum (R-Design), Inscription (Inscription). Recharge Pure, an electrified variant of the Volvo XC40, is also available (reviewed separately). All-wheel drive available across the range for just $2,000.
The Momentum trim starts at $34,100 and features notable mechanical features such as lane-keep, pedestrian detection, auto emergency braking, rear park sensors, curve-adaptive led headlights, rain sensing wipers, automatic emergency brake, rear parking sensors, rear parking sensors, power-folding mirrors, and rain-sensing wipers. Leather upholstery, driver’s chair memory, keyless access, automatic climate control and an auto-dimming reverseview mirror are just a few of the cabin amenities.
The R-Design is available for purchase at $39,350. The R-Design features sporty styling, a panoramic roof, a hands free liftgate, unique upholstery and dual-zone climate control.
For $39,850, the Inscription adds luxury and elegance. The Inscription adds a driftwood interior trim, black diamond cut alloy wheels, and unique trim accents.
The XC40 offers semi-autonomous driving technology and a heated steering column. Harman Kardon’s premium audio system is also available.
Engine and Performance
There are a few powertrain options available for the Volvo XC40. The 2.0-liter fourcylinder turbo engine that produces 187 horsepower and 221 pounds-feet torque is available to front-wheel-drive customers. It’s sufficient, but not exceptional fast. The combined efficiency of the engine is 26 mpg, according to the EPA. The engine is similar for all-wheel-drive models, but it produces 248 horsepower and 258 pounds-feet more torque. Overall, it returns 25 mpg. The engines are paired with an eight speed automatic transmission and a 14.2-gallon fuel container.
The interior design of Volvo’s XC40 is a strong example. With large windows and great outward visibility, the tall cabin feels spacious and SUV-like. It is simple and elegant, while still retaining a Scandinavian feel.
Recharge Pure and R-Design trims include synthetic suede inserts. Leather bolsters are included in the R/Design and Recharge Pure seats. Lava Carpet, an optional option, covers the floor and some parts of the doors with a beautiful burnt orange material. This contrasts nicely with the charcoal leather. The class’s tallest metal air vents frame the intuitive infotainment display.
The XC40’s exterior and interior dimensions place it somewhere between a compact SUV and a subcompact SUV. This allows it to be city-friendly and has plenty of cargo and interior space. Although the interior headroom isn’t as generous as some competitors, it is still very spacious. The cargo area is average at 20.7 cubic feet.