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Volvo XC40 Review | CarMax

The Volvo XC40 is an entry-level, compact luxury crossover. With an innovative design and loads of cool tech, the XC40 is at home in an urban setting or on a weekend road trip with your friends. Take a look at this cool new crossover and you'll find a lot to like in a small package. This Volvo XC40 review will give you all the key information on the 2019 version of this popular luxury crossover:

Key Specs & Features (2018–2019)

  • Leather seating on all models with an eight-way power driver seat and driver-seat memory.
  • A nine-inch touchscreen with a Sensus Connect infotainment system which includes SiriusXM™, Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™, and three USB ports.
  • Automatic climate control with CleanZone Air Quality System.
  • Multiple drive modes — Eco, Comfort, Dynamic, Off-Road, and Individual.
  • A Rear Park Assist Camera and Hill Descent Control with Hill Start Assist.

5 Reasons to Buy

1. Tons of Tech

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In addition to the large standard nine-inch touchscreen, the 2019 XC40 features a standard 12.3-inch Digital Driver Display directly in front of the driver. It also has the latest smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The cool Sensus Connect Infotainment System helps you manage all of this technology with voice control and optional add-on apps to give you access to the latest music, weather, and navigation. With optional tech like wireless smartphone charging, semi-autonomous drive modes, and a surround-camera system, you can find just the right XC40 no matter how tech-savvy you are.

2. Small Package, Big Fun.

The compact size of the 2019 XC40 means that you won't have to spend too much driving around the city trying to find a large enough parking spot. It's big in the right places though, with 57.6 cubic feet of cargo space and 8.3 inches of ground clearance. That means you can bring along all of your stuff when looking to escape the city for a long weekend in the wilderness.

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3. Multiple Powertrain Options

2019 models offer a choice between front-wheel drive (FWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD). The standard T4 FWD XC40 features a 187-hp 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder or you can upgrade to the T5 AWD XC40 and get a 248-hp version of the same engine. Both come equipped with an eight-speed automatic.

4. Stylish Design

The XC40 may be Volvo's entry-level crossover, but it's not short on style. LED Headlights with super-cool "Thor's Hammer" Daytime Running Lights — which sport an automatic high beam feature — come standard across all 2019 models. Add that to the crisp design, sharp lines, and standard 18-inch wheels, and you have an attractive and capable small crossover.

5. Luxury and Comfort

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All 2019 XC40 models come with standard leather seating as well as a leather steering wheel and shift knob. Opt for the R-Design and enjoy perforated fine Nappa and Nubuck leather throughout the upholstery. Options like a panoramic moonroof, genuine driftwood inlays for the dashboard, and even an amazing Orrefors® crystal gearshift knob up the luxury factor to the next level.

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What you Need to Know

2019 Volvo XC40 Trims

First, find the right XC40 powertrain for your needs (T4 FWD or T5 AWD) and then select your trim level from the following:

  • Momentum: The incredibly well-equipped base trim level includes standard leather seating and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Other key interior standard features include automatic climate control, a nine-inch touchscreen with the Sensus Connect infotainment system which includes smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, an eight-way power driver seat with driver seat memory, and four-way power lumbar adjustment on the driver seat.
  • R-Design: Upgrades the sport factor with 19-inch wheels, a sport chassis, integrated dual tailpipes, and a sport steering wheel with paddle shift. On the interior, you get upgraded leather seating, an eight-way power passenger seat, auto-dimming rearview mirror, navigation, two-zone automatic climate control, and aluminum inlays to the dash.
  • Inscription: The top of the range Inscription features most of the same content in the Momentum and R-Design but really adds to the luxury and wow factor with a standard panoramic moonroof, real driftwood dashboard inlays, and an amazing Orrefors crystal gearshift knob.

Volvo XC40 Interior

The compact Volvo XC40 sits at the entry level for Volvo crossovers. However, that does not mean that it is small on luxury and comfort. With standard leather seating and leather on key touchpoints like the steering wheel and shift knob, the XC40 is built for comfortable cruising. With a range of options across all trim levels, it should be easy to find the right model to suit your discerning taste.

Volvo XC40 Colors

The XC40 is available in seven colors, additionally several of the colors are available with a contrasting white roof:

  • Amazon Blue
  • Black Stone
  • Bright Silver Metallic
  • Fusion Red Metallic
  • Ice White
  • Onyx Black Metallic
  • Osmium Grey Metallic

Similar Vehicles

Can't find exactly the right Volvo XC40? Check out other 2019 crossovers like the Jaguar E-Pace, Toyota RAV4, Jeep Compass, and Volvo's own XC90. Each offers a slightly different take on a luxury SUV.

Volvo XC90

The FWD 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder 2019 Volvo XC90 delivers 250 hp which is significantly higher than the XC40's base 187 horsepower. The XC90 gets an EPA-estimated 24 city/highway combined rating with its 2.0L engine.1 It also offers seating for seven which is the only one in this comparison to seat more than five passengers. The XC90 has generous cargo space with 41.8 cu. ft. This would make a fantastic road trip car if you have a large active family that likes to go on spend time outdoors.

Toyota RAV4

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 delivers 203 hp from it's base 2.5L four-cylinder. That is a step up from the 187 horsepower in the base XC40. The entry-level Toyota RAV4 with the 2.5L engine achieves an EPA-estimated 30 city/highway combined mpg.1The RAV4 features an impressive 37.6 cu. ft. of cargo space too. This attractive SUV looks just at home on city streets as it does on the open road.

Jaguar E-Pace

The 2019 Jaguar E-Pace outputs an impressive 246 hp from it's base engine, a 2.0L four-cylinder. The E-Pace has standard AWD, making it suitable for light off-roading or for handling tricky weather conditions. The Jaguar E Pace gets an EPA-estimated 24 city/highway combined mpg.1It also has cargo space of 24.2 cu. ft. on top of plenty of storage space inside the cabin for all those little things that tend to come on car journeys with you.

Jeep Compass

This is Jeep's attempt at a family crossover and while it doesn't have as much off-road tech as you'd expect from the automaker, it's a great choice for city dwellers and weekend adventurers. The 2019 2.4L Jeep Compass puts out a bit less power than the XC40 with its standard engine outputting 180 hp. The FWD 2.4L four-cylinder Jeep Compass was rated at an EPA-estimated 26 mpg.1 The Compass features 27.2 cu. ft. of cargo space, which is more than enough for weekend excursions and family vacations.

The Bottom Line

The Volvo XC40 delivers a fantastic small-SUV experience with the luxury appointments of a much larger vehicle. Choose your drivetrain and trim level — all three trim levels are available in both FWD and AWD — and you'll discover a luxurious compact SUV just waiting to take you wherever you want to go. Check out the Volvo XC40 or one of its comparable crossover competitors today. Looking to learn more about the Volvo XC40? Check out these related resources:

1Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates when vehicles sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov for details.
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