It is packed with technology and comes with a driving pleasure The 2020 Volvo XC40’s modern and funky design is aimed specifically at trendy and discerning buyers. The interior provides comfort and space, as well as an unmistakably Swedish ambience that can be found in all of the current Volvos. The front-wheel drive T4 has an turbocharged 184-hp 2.0-liter inline-four. The T5 model is equipped with the more powerful turbo-four with 248 horsepower and a standard all-wheel drive. The seats are supportive and comfortable to stay for longer periods while both rows of seats are roomy. There’s ample cargo storage as well as plenty of bins and other storage options to ensure that everything is kept. If you’re looking for a car that is dynamic and important then this BMW X1 and the Jaguar F-Pace are the top choices however, the XC40’s attractive design and well-designed packaging make it an excellent competitor in the booming subcompact category.
What’s New for 2020?
Similar to similar 2020 Volvo models, all XC40s are equipped with the 12.3-inch touchscreen instrument panel. The seats are made of cloth, replacing the standard leather in the basic Momentum model, but it is still available as an option. Leather is available on R-Design as well as the Inscription model. The Momentum has been updated to features electric child locks for back doors as well as an automatic dimming rearview mirror, as well as the heated wipers on your windshield. The panoramic roof comes available with the R-Design. The ability to fold power-efficiently the rear seats is gone from the XC40 range.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
We’d recommend this T5 R-Design model not only to enjoy the safety of all-wheel drive however, it also has a higher horsepower 248-hp engine. The price is $42,945. T5 R-Design model comes with navigation as well as dynamic suspension and a panoramic roof and a sporty design. We’d also recommend the adaptive dampers to give you more adjustable capability as well as heated front seats and steering wheel. We’d suggest the Advanced package, which comes with adaptive cruise control that includes semi-autonomous mode and a 360-degree surround-view camera and LED headlights that are adaptive with a system for cleaning. In addition, we’d recommend an option with Lava Carpeting as well as door panels to enhance the XC40’s uniqueness.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
In the underside of each XC40 is an engine that is turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 248 or 184 horsepower (called T4 and T5 and T5 respectively). The more robust T5 is equipped with all-wheel drive and aids in helping our Momentum test vehicle accelerate from 0-60 miles per hour in just 6.2 seconds. The auto transmission has eight speeds and manages gear changes without delay and does not transmit any harshness to the cabin when doing this. Our only complaint is the squeaky engine noise in the presence of a heavy throttle. When driving, the engine is smooth and quiet. Towing capacity is rare among luxury subcompact crossovers. The XC40 has a massive 3500-pound limit. When you’re driving in a twisty way it’s you’ll find that the Mercedes-Benz GLA250 or the BMW X1 is more able to be a partner but the XC40 is a solid choice. The Volvo feels solid and agile and agile, due to the steering that is light agile and flexible. Our Momentum test car demonstrated an incredibly smooth and controlled ride on the rough, potholed roads surrounding Our editorial headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The upgrade to the XC40’s 20 inch wheel options reduces the ease of riding, but those fortunate enough to be outside of the Rust Belt can still experience the ride comfortable and relaxing. The R-Design model is sporty and has an a bit stiffer suspension to provide increased agility. A reversible suspension is available.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
In spite of the competitive ratings for fuel efficiency from the EPA however, the XC40’s performance during our 200-mile tests on highway fuel efficiency proved to be just average for its class at 29 mpg. The super-efficient Mercedes-Benz GLA250 and the spunky three-cylinder Mini Cooper Countryman both handily outperformed the XC40 in our tests by 34mpg.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Swedish modern design is with a fun and practical look inside the XC40’s cabin and the overall ambience is upscale even in the basic Momentum trim. The upright and boxy shape creates a light and airy feeling inside and the passenger space is spacious in both rear and front seats. Similar to its more costly stablemates that include that is the XC60 as well as the XC90 The XC40’s cabin is well-built, functional and exquisitely designed, if it’s not as plush and luxurious as the other models. Volvo designers took advantage of the opportunity to add more youthful accents inside the cabin, which is its Momentum along with the R-Design trims, like the carpeting option which extends into doors, the textured metallic trim instead of traditional wood inlays and rectilinear vents fitted with adjustable chrome floats. Upscale Inscription models sport a stylish appearance, thanks to the inclusion of driftwood trim as well as an adjustable knob made from Orrefors crystal. When we tested our carry-on luggage the XC40 was able to fit 23 of our luggages with the rear seats folded. In addition, Volvo has integrated a variety of innovative cargo storage features inside the interior of the XC40 including hooks that can be removed from the glovebox, allowing it to store take-out bags, a partition to separate the cargo area and a movable garbage bin that has an open door that hinges within central console.
Infotainment and Connectivity
With its prominent, slightly left-canted spot at the middle of the XC40’s dashboard Sensus Connect infotainment system is clearly displayed on the 9.0-inch touchscreen. The majority of the interior can be controlled through the display as well as a few physical buttons that are redundant. The system’s usability isn’t the best The main menus are well-organized and submenus are afflicted by tiny icons on touchscreens which are difficult to navigate while on the go. Also, we noticed an pronounced system lag right after starting.