2020 Volvo XC40 Review, Pricing, and Specs. The 2020 Volvo XC40 positions near the top of the luxury subcompact SUV class. It boasts powerful engine options, an upscale interior, and ample seating space.
HIGHS Fun and funky styling, refined interior, technologically innovative features. LOWS Coarse engine audio, unexceptional fuel market, slow-to-respond infotainment system. VERDICT The baby Volvo crossover exerts its personality without straying in the brand’s core values.
2020 Volvo XC40 Overview
With plenty of techs paired with a fun-to-drive nature, the 2020 Volvo XC40‘s fresh and spunky looks are aimed right at the fashionable and luxury-minded buyers.
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The interior provides comfort and spaciousness along with a decidedly Swedish setting found in all of now’s Volvos.
A 184-hp turbocharged 2.0-litre inline-four powers the front-wheel-drive T4; the T5 version unlocks a more potent 248-hp turbo-four and standard all-wheel drive.
The supportive seats are comfortable for extended stays, and the two rows are equally spacious.
There’s also abundant cargo stowage and plenty of bins and additional repositories to store things.
If lively driving is a priority, the BMW X1 and even the Jaguar F-Pace are top considerations. Still, the XC40’s handsome looks and well-executed packaging make it a powerful contender from the flourishing subcompact class.
2020 Volvo XC40 What’s New to 2020?
As with other 2020 Volvo models, all XC40s come standard with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster.
Cloth seats replace the formerly standard leather on the bottom Momentum model, even though it remains available as a substitute; leather stays standard on the R-Design and Inscription versions.
A scenic roof is standard on the R-Design. The capability to power fold the rear seats has vanished from the XC40 lineup.
2020 Volvo XC40 Pricing
- Momentum: $34,695
- R-Design: $40,945
- Inscription: $41,445
We’d choose the T5 R-Design model not solely for the seasonal safety of all-wheel drive, but also its more powerful 248-hp engine. We’d also add the elastic dampers for extra adjustability and heated front seats and steering wheel.
We would pick the Advanced package that provides flexible cruise control using a semi-autonomous mode, a 360-degree surround-view camera, along with adaptive LED headlights with a cleaning program.
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Last, we would choose the Lava carpet and door inserts to add to the XC40’s funkiness.
2020 Volvo XC40 Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Under the hood of each XC40 is a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder producing either 184 or 248 horsepower (called T4 and T5, respectively).
The more powerful T5, which receives all-wheel drive as standard, helped our Momentum test vehicle scoot from zero to 60 mph in a reasonably quick 6.2 seconds.
The eight-speed automatic transmission manages gear changes without delay and transmits no harshness into the cabin while doing so.
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Our sole criticism is that the coarse engine sound under heavy throttle; when cruising, the powertrain is quiet and elegant.
Towing capacity is something which’s a rarity among subcompact luxury crossovers; the XC40 boasts a stout 3500-pound limit.
On a twisty road, the Mercedes-Benz GLA250 or the BMW X1 are willing spouses, but the XC40 holds its own.
The Volvo feels stable and playful, thanks in large part to steering that is light, sharp, and responsive.
Our Momentum test automobile revealed a controlled and supple ride over the brutal, potholed streets around our editorial offices in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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Upgrading to one of the XC40’s 20-inch wheel options erodes some of the comforts, but people lucky enough to live outside the Rust Belt will still discover the ride calm and agreeable.
The sporty R-Design version includes a slightly stiffer suspension for increased agility; a flexible suspension is discretionary.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
Despite aggressive fuel-efficiency ratings in the EPA, the XC40 T5’s functionality in our 200-mile real-world highway fuel-economy testing proven to be merely average for the segment at 29 mpg.
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The über-efficient Mercedes-Benz GLA250 along with the spunky three-cylinder Mini Cooper Countryman both conveniently beat the XC40 in our testing with 34 mpg.
2020 Volvo XC40 Interior Review
Swedish contemporary design satisfies fun and functional from the XC40’s interior, and the cottage’s setting imparts a truly upscale vibe in the bottom Momentum trim.
The boxy, upright design allows for a light and airy feel inside; passenger distance is ample in both the front and back seats.
Like its more expensive stablemates, the XC60 and the XC90, the XC40’s cottage is functional, well made, and beautifully designed–if not quite as plush and luxurious.
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The Volvo designer took the opportunity to incorporate more youthful flourishes from the hut’s momentum and the R-design trims, such as the optional-orange Blaze carpet that extends into the door panels, metallic textured Trim in the traditional Inlays wood place, and a ventilatory vent with a floating chrome adjuster.
Upscale Inscription versions sport a classier appearance with the inclusion of driftwood trim and a change knob crafted from Orrefors crystal clear.
In our carry-on luggage evaluation, the XC40 was able to accommodate 23 of our suitcases with its rear seats folded.
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Furthermore, Volvo has incorporated several innovative cargo-storage features across the XC40’s interior, like a hook which flips out from your glovebox to hold takeout bags, a divider for your cargo area, along with a removable garbage bin with a hinged door at the centre console.
Infotainment and Pairing
From the prominent and slightly left-canted status in the centre of this XC40’s dashboard, Volvo’s Sensus Connect infotainment system is projected brilliantly on a 9.0-inch touchscreen.
Most everything within the cabin is controlled via this screen, and there are not many redundant physical buttons.
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System usability is a mixed bag: the key menus are intuitively organized, but submenus have problems with little touchscreen icons that are fussy to use on the move. We also detected the conspicuous system lag immediately upon startup.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Characteristics
Volvo offers plenty of driver-assistance tech as conventional, such as automated emergency braking; more advanced features like a semi-autonomous driving style are optional.
Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has finished testing of the XC40 yet. Therefore its crashworthiness remains unknown.
- Standard automated emergency braking
- Standard lane-keeping assist
- Conventional automatic high-beam headlamps
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Volvo’s guarantee coverage is reasonable, and the three decades of free scheduled maintenance is an incredible perk.
Regrettably, there’s nothing here that makes the XC40 a standout among its rivals that all offer about the very same policies.
- The limited warranty covers 4 Decades or 50,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers 4 Decades or 50,000 miles
- Complimentary scheduled care is covered for 3 Decades or 36,000 miles.
2020 Volvo XC40 Review