Volvo is quickly becoming my favorite luxury brand in every segment, from sedans to crossovers. While I impatiently wait for a Volvo coupe, I recently spent some time in the smallest model in Volvo’s lineup — the XC40. The 2019 Volvo XC40 battles in the small luxury crossover segment, and takes on the likes of the Audi Q3, BMW X1, and the Mercedes-Benz GLA.
With its youthful exterior design, it’s aimed at the younger car shopper, and includes loads of tech options, and some thoughtful additions that make life easier. So let’s take a closer look. at the 2019 Volvo XC40.
2019 Volvo XC40 T5 AWD Inscription Exterior
Out of all the small luxury crossovers available in the market, I think the Volvo XC40 does the best job of balancing a luxury, young, and sporty exterior design. I feel as though most models in the segment try really hard to look cool, and sometimes go too aggressive when it comes to the rear-end.
The Volvo XC40 carries all the new Volvo design elements that I love about the brand’s new models including the angled grille, Thor Hammer headlamps, and broad shoulder lines. To attract a younger car shopper, there are some fun add ons like a contrast roof, which is for Momentum models, and black for R-Design models. The Volvo XC40 T5 AWD Inscription I test drove here doesn’t have a contrasting color roof option, as it’s meant to be the luxury trim level in the lineup. While 18-inch wheels are standard, buyers can opt for 21-inch wheels, as a a $3,000 option. The Volvo XC40 Inscription model also gets some trim-level exclusives like chrome accents, matte silver skid plates, and a large panoramic moonroof.
Size-wise, the 2019 Volvo XC40 sits on a wheelbase that measures 106.4 inches, with an overall length of 174.2 inches. The width stretches 73.3 inches, and the height stands at 65 inches.
2019 Volvo XC40 T5 AWD Inscription Interior
In my opinion, the XC 40 has one of the best interiors in the segment, because Volvo strikes a flawless balance of comfort, luxury, and tech in the cabin. You would think that Volvo would cheap out somewhere on their smallest model, but that’s definitely not the case. In fact, the Volvo XC40 takes things a step further, to make the interior more attractive to younger car shoppers.
Some fun features include a removable trash bin in the center armrest, a slot in front of the gear-shifter to hold your smartphone, and right in front of that, there is a wireless charger. On the Volvo XC40 Inscription model I test drove here, there are some model exclusives including Orrefors crystal gear knob, the Driftwood deco trim, and a large panoramic roof.
My test model also came with a nine-inch touchscreen display (standard on all models), Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, navigation, heated steering, heated front seats, a 12.3-inch driver display, Bluetooth, USB ports, and a range of driver assist tech. The only place where Volvo did slightly switch things up is the sound system. The outstanding Bowers & Wilkins system is not available on the Volvo XC40. Nonetheless, there is an amazing Harman Kardon sound system available for $800 — and it’s fabulous!
Space wise, you get a total of 36.1 inches of rear legroom, 20.7 cubic-feet of cargo capacity behind the 2nd. row, and 47.2 cubic-feet behind the third row. Also, there is a power tailgate with the kick-to-open feature.
2019 Volvo XC40 T5 AWD Inscription Performance
The 2019 Volvo XC40 T5 I test drove here is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine making 248 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, and if you put your foot in it, 60 mph arrives in just 6.1 seconds. Top speed is 130 mph, and fuel economy comes in at 22/31 mpg* (city/highway).
I think the Volvo XC40 T5 AWD offers one of the best ride qualities in this segment. It is remarkably smooth as a daily driver and quick and agile when you want to let loose. The steering is light in comfort mode and lively in dynamic mode. If you like a sportier ride, the Volvo XC40 R Design comes with a slightly stiffer suspension with an optional adjustable suspension.
The 2.0L four-cylinder turbo engine has minimum turbo lag and offers a healthy 248 horsepower to zip in and out of traffic.
2019 Volvo XC40 T5 AWD Inscription Overall
If I was shopping in this segment, the Volvo XC40 would be my clear choice. Now, that’s not to say that the rivals of the XC40 are bad, that’s just my personal preference. I think the BMW X1, Lexus LX, and Mercedes-Benz GLA are also formidable options in this segment.
Prices for the 2019 Volvo XC40 start at $33,700** for the T4 Momentum and $35,200** for the T5 AWD Momentum. The Volvo XC40 T5 AWD Inscription starts at $39,750**. As tested here you’re looking at $46,290**. Visit your local AutoNation Volvo dealership for a test drive today.
*MSRP excludes tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
**Based on EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.