Volvo XC40

2020 Volvo XC40

Pros: Decent interior room within extra-compact exterior dimensions; upscale interior; composed ride and handling; broad range of optional features; spunky styling

Cons: Pricing gets steep as options are added; infotainment system isn’t as user-friendly as some competitors’; thick rear roof pillars compromise visibility

CG Says: The base Momentum model of the 2020 Volvo XC40 replaces its standard leather upholstery with cloth and an electric XC40 is expected later in the model year. The XC40 is the smallest SUV in Volvo’s lineup; it slots below the XC60 in size and price and was introduced last year. The XC40 is positioned as an upscale urban vehicle and is aimed at a younger demographic; it’s about ten inches shorter overall than the XC60, and its styling is a bit more exuberant than the rest of the Volvo lineup. The sole powertrain is a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. In front-wheel-drive T4 versions this engine develops 187 horsepower and in all-wheel-drive T5 versions it is rated at 248 hp. With either powertrain, trim levels ascend through base Momentum, sporty R-Design models, and upscale Inscription. The generous list of standard features includes power liftgate, 8-way power driver seat with memory, remote starting, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity, and a Wi-Fi hotspot. Standard safety gear includes forward collision warning and mitigation, lane-departure warning and mitigation, lane-keep assist with oncoming traffic avoidance, and rear obstacle detection. Optional features include a panoramic sunroof, heated front seats and steering wheel, power-folding rear seatbacks and headrests, adaptive headlights, 360-degree camera display, and wireless device charging. The XC40’s distinctive looks inside and out, peppy turbocharged engine, efficient interior layout, and extensive list of optional equipment make it an especially compelling entry in the premium subcompact crossover segment.

The Facts
Class Premium Subompact Crossover
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Volvo
Nation of Manufacture Belgium
Base Prices T4 Momentum: $35,340
AWD T5 Momentum: $37,340
T4 R-Design: $40,945
AWD T5 R-Design: $42,945
T4 Inscription: $41,445
AWD T5 Inscription: $43,445

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
248 (T5) 187 (T4)
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
EPA City Range (mpg)
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)

New Volvo XC40 – exterior
2020 Volvo XC40
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NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 5

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 5
Side Crash - 5
Rollover - 4

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