Barcelona, Spain – Both the Volvo XC90 and the XC60 have won the highest award of the year; in 2016 the Volvo XC90 won the North American Truck/Utility of the Year, and in 2018 the Volvo XC60 won again. The Volvo XC40 is another contender, bringing out the spunkiest youngster of the group. Clad in youthful colors, the XC40 is smaller, more nimble and will come out in a gasoline version, a plug-in hybrid and an all-electric version.
The Volvo XC40 is everything the urbanites are looking for in an SUV; functionality, fuel-efficiency, unique storage elements strategically placed, and fun little twists like fluffy rugs and two-tone roofs. The 2019 Volvo XC40 is a compact crossover luxury SUV with competitors such as the BMW X1, Lexus NX, Audi Q3, Infiniti QX30, Mercedes-Benz GLA, Jaguar E-Pace, and the Volkswagen Tiguan. The starting price of the 2019 Volvo XC 40 T4 front-wheel-drive Momentum for $33,200 makes this entry-level luxury vehicle even more compelling to the millennials that have fallen in love with beauty that comes in small packages.
Volvo has maximized the interior space so that the compact doesn’t feel quaint, so that you can invite your best friends to go to dinner with you and they, too, will feel comfortable in the SUV known for safety. The felt-lined doors give the illusion of more space as your hand feels the softness, the removable trash bin adds an element of cleanliness, the hide-away behind the second room is deep enough to hide valuables.
The fun part of the little car that could is the power to weight ratio enhanced by less poundage than the XC60 or XC90. The 0-60 in 6.2 seconds feels true and will be a joy to drive in the plug-in hybrid with low-end torque provided by the lithium-ion battery.
The XC40’s 2.0-liter turbocharged T5 inline four boasts one of the strongest standard engines in its class. The XC40 is built on the compact modular architecture (CMA), Volvo’s newest architecture that will incorporate the elements necessary to become a Vegan eating all-electric or a vegetarian plug-in hybrid, or the meat-eating gasoline version. An SUV for everyone. The XC40 has five selectable drive modes; Eco, Comfort, Dynamic, Off-Road, and Individual.
Opt up to the top level of the XC40 with the 12.3” Digital Driver Display, panoramic roof ($1,200), 600-watt, 13-speaker Harman Kardon premium sound system with Air Woofer Technology ($800) and a subwoofer hidden behind the dashboard, 9” touchscreen Sensus Navigation Pro, a WiFi hotspot, and a wireless charge pad. You can hide many of your valuables under the driver’s seat pull-out. It’s these little cutouts that make this SUV so clever. Don’t forget the safety packages that can be found in the Momentum and R-design trim levels that made Volvo a household name; Collision Avoidance up to 37 miles per hour, Vision Package, Pilot Assist designed for the city, and so much more.
Brand design for the Volvo SUV cluster line-up, 40-60-90, was explained by Chief Design Officer Thomas Ingenlath when I attended an event in Gothenburg, Sweden, “the top of the line (XC90) is classy, elegant design with all the design signatures, with the middle cluster (XC60), is a car that you can wear with a suit or jeans, the 40-cluster is a new chapter for Volvo, much bolder and more expressive, combining classic elements. The classy appearance from one perspective, but you turn it to another side, and you discover a completely new side. It’s the adaptation of pop culture and the new elements of haute couture is a good description of what we do.” It’s also the Scandinavian design and the true SUV proportions.
The press car we drove was the R-Design all-wheel-drive model powered by the 248-horsepower T5 engine in a lovely Amazon blue exterior. The XC40 exterior colors and a color-contrasting roof are available in 17 combinations. There will be sixteen exterior colors along with six different colors for the roof. The Momentum trim level has the white roof option with the white wheels. There are six interior colors and an orange lava carpet option. Volvo’s signature Thor’s hammer daytime running lights hug the new grille. The XC40 has a strong, structured profile for a youthful expression.
Volvo’s XC40 will go on sale at car dealerships around the Nation in the spring (second quarter) of 2018 with a new subscription service that includes maintenance and insurance for a monthly fee. Care by Volvo is a monthly fee, depending on which XC40 subscribers choose. For two-years Volvo will handle insurance and maintenance, in addition to conventional leasing and purchasing. Subscribers can change to another XC40 of their choice after a year.
Production of the XC40 is in Ghent, Belgium. During the summer, Volvo will add the T4 front-wheel-drive. The last I heard, the XC40 all-electric will come out first, then the plug-in hybrid. A compact luxury vehicle with a powertrain for everyone.
2019 Volvo XC 40 Specifications
Dimensions: 174″ length
Cargo volume: 47.2 ft³ with seat area
Warranty: 4 yr/50,000 mi basic, 4 yr/50,000 mi powertrain
Horsepower: 248 horsepower
Curb weight: 3,629 lbs
2019 Volvo XC 40 Models Pricing
T4 model is a front-wheel drive with a 187-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo-4
T5 four-cylinder Drive-E powertrain with all-wheel drive In-line 4-cyl. turbocharged 248 horsepower
2019 Volvo XC 40 T4 front-wheel-drive Momentum
2019 Volvo XC 40 T5 Momentum
2019 Volvo XC 40 T5 R-Design
add $995 for destination and handling