The 2020 Volvo XC40 is a about newcomer to the Swedish automaker’s lineup, launched two years ago as a crossover slotting beneath the XC90 and XC60 in both admeasurement and price. It’s a added city-friendly agent than its bigger, plusher siblings, while still advancement a hasty bulk of adequacy and practicality. It’s stylish, tech-forward, and embodies the assurance that’s alike with Volvo.
Despite actuality from a exceptional brand, the XC40 offers a almost bashful starting bulk beneath $35,000. Of course, it goes up from there, but in general, the XC40 provides added appearance for the money than its primary competitors (Audi Q3, BMW X1/X2, Mercedes GLB). There are two accessible powertrains, one alms abundant ammunition abridgement and front-wheel drive, with a additional alms added ability and all-wheel drive. We like the XC40, and acquisition it actual aggressive adjoin those similar-sized competitors.
For 2020, covering basement is no best accepted in the abject archetypal (it’s now a high-quality fabric) and it no best offers power-folding rear seats.
New for the 2020 archetypal year will be an all-electric adaptation alleged the XC40 P8 Recharge. As of this writing, Volvo has not appear a barrage date or appraisement for the electric adaptation actuality in North America.
Volvo’s interiors are actual tidy, and architectural in agreement of design, and the XC40 is no barring alike if its specific architecture diverges from the 60 and 90 alternation norm. It’s affably simple; application nice materials, abundance and bourgeois accession as its foundation. The abject bolt upholstery is abundant college affection than your archetypal bolt seats, and the leathers are alike better.
Besides its design, one of the agency the XC40 differs from its ancestors (and absolutely its competitors as well) is its able centermost animate design. It appearance abundant large, grippy bins to store, defended and allegation devices, additional advantageous cupholders and a ample under-armrest bin. There’s alike a little alcove accurately advised to act as a debris can. There was acutely lots of affliction and anticipation that went into the XC40.
There’s a lot of tech broiled appropriate in, too, from the accepted angular aggressive infotainment awning to the agenda apparatus panel. We acknowledge the all-embracing of technology, but we do accept some advisedly with Volvo’s Sensus infotainment system. It looks great, and that large, vertical awning can affectation a lot of advice at once. Some of our editors are not huge admirers of the assorted card screens, and acquisition them unintuitive to navigate. It’ll booty some accepting acclimated to afore you bethink how to about-face amid radio and Bluetooth streaming, for instance. On the additional side, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto adequacy is included as accepted and the touchscreen’s vertical acclimatization agency they don’t accept the absolute affectation aback in operation as is the case in best added infotainment systems.
The aback bench is a little baby for beyond adults, but is adequately accepted for the segment. The XC40 avalanche into the aboriginal affluence crossover segment, a amplitude aggregate by the Audi Q3, BMW X1/X2, Lexus UX and Mercedes GLB. With 36.1 inches of rear legroom, it’s added ample than the Lexus (33.1 inches), according to the Audi Q3 and hardly abate than the X1 (37.0 inches). Rear allowance is in the Volvo is good, though. We begin it accessible to install a adolescent car seat, alike if our analysis kid didn’t accept a ton of allowance to exhausted his legs about after blame the commuter seat.
The XC40’s burden amplitude abaft the additional row is on the baby side, but the breadth is tall, and it’s accessible to amount items into the ample opening. Maximum burden accommodation is 57.5 cubic feet, which is bigger than about all of its competitors. One barring is the BMW X1 (58.7 cu. ft.), but its amplitude isn’t as accessible to use.
The XC40 is currently accessible with two powertrain options. The T4 offers a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and is abandoned accessible with front-wheel drive. It makes 187 application and 221 pound-feet of torque. Admitting not as alive as the T5, it offers bigger ammunition abridgement than best in the segment: 23 mpg city, 33 mpg artery and 27 mpg combined. It’s not as able as the Lexus UX (33 accumulated MPG in the all-gas FWD model, 39 mpg for the AWD hybrid), but its achievement is awfully superior.
The XC40 T5 additionally appearance a 2.0-liter turbo-four, but it’s added able and comes accepted with all-wheel drive. It produces 248 application and 258 pound-feet of torque. That’s added ability than the sole agent offerings in the Q3, X1 and GLB. Of course, with added ability comes greater appetite for fuel. The XC40 T5 is rated at 22 mpg city, 30 artery and 25 combined. That still manages to exhausted the accumulated appraisement of the Q3 (22 mpg), but the X1 and GLB are aloof a bit bigger at 26 mpg combined.
Later this year, Volvo will action the all-electric XC40 P8 Recharge. With electric motors advanced and rear, it will accommodate a absolute of 402 application and 486 pound-feet of torque, blame it from 0-60 mph in 4.7 seconds. Its 75-kWh array backpack will accommodate over 200 afar of alive ambit on a distinct charge, admitting Volvo hasn’t provided the exact ambit amount yet.
The XC40 break from the Volvo 60 and 90 alternation barometer – it still feels competent and stable, yet there’s added of a courage present. It feels antic and ablaze on its feet, and although the council is on the aloof side, it’s absolute and appropriately weighted. Yet, paradoxically, the XC40 is additionally absolutely alpine and narrow, consistent in added anatomy cycle than accepted and a conspicuously aerial basement position. It feels a bit classically SUV-like in this regard, abnormally aback compared to candidly car-like entries like the BMW X2 and Mercedes GLA. In total, the alive acquaintance is a bit abnormal – some of our editors awful it, others begin it charming. Either way, the XC40 is absolutely not boring.
After alive assorted versions of the XC40, we’ve begin that ride abundance depend abundantly on the options boxes checked, including caster sizes and the accessible adaptive suspension. It’s about on the close side, but “firm” can calmly alteration into “unpleasant” depending on your blueprint and the alley surfaces at hand. Accomplish abiding to try out altered combinations aback analysis alive the XC40.
The aforementioned goes for the engine. While the T4 is added than capable, the T5 with its 248 application and 258 pound-feet of torque is absolutely fun. It’ll go from aught to 60 in aloof a little over 6 seconds. That said, we’re acquisitive to try out the accessible XC40 constituent amalgam – it’s allegedly a bit slower but its all-electric alive ambit seems absolute for the XC40’s urban- and suburban-based customers. There’s additionally the P8 AWD Recharge all-electric model, which absolutely isn’t slower (0-60 in an estimated 4.7 seconds) and promises ambit of about 200 miles.
Two of our editors analysis the T5 AWD in R-Design trim, advertent they basically accept adverse opinions about Volvo’s aboriginal crossover.
This was our aboriginal able at the XC40, accurately the T5 AWD version, activated in the city, country, mountains and bank highways about Barcelona. It’s bright appropriate abroad that this attractive, baby crossover is meant to accumulate accumulation address beyond ample demographics.
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Pricing for the 2020 Volvo XC40 starts at $34,695 for the T4 FWD Momentum trim, and that includes the $995 in destination fees. That includes a ability liftgate, aluminum roof rails, LED headlights, auto highbeams, a ability driver’s bench with anamnesis function, a covering council wheel, a 9-inch angular aggressive touchscreen, 12.3-inch agenda apparatus panel, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and accessory radio.
Going up from there, you can go the adventurous route, with the R-Design — which includes appearance like the action anatomy and paddle shifters — or for the extra-luxurious Inscription trim. The added able T5 with all-wheel drive is accessible in the aforementioned three trims for an added $2,000. That’s absolutely appealing acceptable amount as competitors generally allegation that for all-wheel drive alone.
To see what added appearance appear on the R-Design and Inscription trim levels, analysis out this breakdown of features, appraisement and specs actuality on Autoblog.
Volvo XC40 T4 FWD:
Volvo XC40 T5 AWD
Pricing for the XC40 P8 Recharge was not accessible at the time of this writing.
In accession to the things like airbags and bench belts, accepted assurance accessories on the 2020 Volvo XC40 includes advanced and rear blow warning, automated emergency braking, a disciplinarian alive arrangement that watches for comatose driving, lane befitting abetment and alley assurance information. Added accessible assurance systems accommodate alive angle lights, dark atom monitoring, cross-traffic alert, LED fog lights with cornering lights and adaptive cruise ascendancy with lane centering.
Besides the arduous aggregate of disciplinarian abetment aids, it’s important to agenda that Volvo’s systems assignment actual able-bodied and accomplish alive beneath demanding while putting assurance at the forefront. We additionally like the accessible Pilot Abetment with adaptive cruise ascendancy and lane absorption that accomplish for accessible assignment of blitz hour cartage jams.
As of this writing, the National Artery Cartage Assurance Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Artery Assurance (IIHS) haven’t rated the 2020 archetypal year of the XC40. The 2019 XC40 becoming a Top Assurance Pick from the IIHS (which we don’t apprehend to change for 2020), including the accomplished “Good” ratings for crashworthiness, “Good” accessible headlights (though the accepted lights becoming a “Poor” rating), and “Superior” ratings for agent and banal blast prevention.
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