Volvo XC40

2021 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 2021 Volvo XC40 adds a pure-electric, all-wheel-drive Recharge model that Volvo says has 402 horsepower and a range of more than 200 miles. Blind-spot alert with steering assist, rear cross-traffic alert, LED fog lights with cornering function, power-retractable and auto-dimming are now standard for all models. The XC40 is the smallest SUV in Volvo’s lineup; it slots below the XC60 in size and price. 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 gas 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 Recharge has only a single trim level. 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 addition of the all-electric Recharge model broadens XC40’s appeal.

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: $34,695
AWD T5 Momentum:$36,695
T4 R-Design: $39,945
AWD T5 R-Design: $41,945
T4 Inscription: $40,445
AWD T5 Inscription: $42,445
AWD Recharge: $54,985

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

Optional Engine
electric motors (Recharge)
Std. Transmission
single speed
Avail. Transmission
EPA City Range (MPGe)
EPA Hwy Range (MPGe)

Volvo XC40 Recharge
2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge
Also Consider
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 5

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 5
Side Crash - 5
Rollover - 4

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