2020 XC40 New Car Test Drive
The 2020 Volvo XC40 runs with a modern crowd. It has sharp edges and a funky stance. It's quick and it's nimble, and it has tidy acceleration and handling.
The 2020 XC40 can be fitted with one of two powerplants. The base model is called T4, and uses a 2.0-liter turbo-4 making 187 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque. It's front-wheel drive and uses the same 8-speed automatic as found in the optional T5. This 2.0-liter turbo-4 puts out 248 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, and in this 3,600-pound crossover it's an impressive motivator.
There's also a model called the R-Design that ups the XC40's sporty game with a stiffer suspension, bigger wheels, and black trim.
The cabin offers as much function as the larger and more expensive XC60 and XC90. The cargo space, flexibility, and small storage is great. It seats five, but occupants will be a lot happier if there's only four of them.
Base front-drive models with the 187-hp T4 powertrain get EPA ratings of 23 mpg city, 33 highway, 27 combined. The 248-hp T5 comes with all-wheel drive but still returns 23/31/26 mpg.
The NHTSA hasn't crash-tested the XC40 yet, but the IIHS gives it their top 'Good' rating when equipped with the optional headlights.
Every XC40 gets standard automatic emergency braking with forward-collision warnings and active lane control. Better headlights, a surround-view camera system, blind-spot monitors and rear cross-traffic alerts are optional.
There's also the Pilot Assist package, which adds adaptive cruise control that can automatically follow other cars in stop-and-go traffic, and also can turn itself off automatically.
The XC40 comes as Momentum, R-Design, and Inscription. All-wheel drive is available on the T4, standard on the T5.
With a starting price of $35,340 the base XC40 Momentum comes well equipped with LED headlights, 18-inch wheels, cloth upholstery, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, a 9.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth connectivity, and a power-adjustable driver's seat.
Options include a package with blind-spot monitors, keyless ignition, and wireless smartphone charging; another package has a power front passenger seat, and yet another has Pilot Assist and a surround-view camera system.
The $40,945 R-Design is sporty, with a firmer suspension for improved cornering, 19-inch wheels, and glossy black trim. It also adds a power passenger seat, dual-zone climate control, navigation, leather-with-suede upholstery, a panoramic roof, and a motion-activated tailgate.
The $41,445 Inscription is elegant, with real wood trim, graceful 19-inch wheels, premium leather upholstery, and chrome exterior trim. Options include heated seats and steering wheel, adaptive dampers, navigation, and a Harmon Kardon sound system.
All XC40 crossovers come with a 4-year/50,000-mile warranty.
Volvo offers a subscription service that's unique. Instead of purchasing the XC40, for $700 a month, participants in the Care by Volvo subscription plan get the same amount of miles as they would with a three-year lease.