Mo­tor­ing Volvo XC40

Volvo XC40 is the small SUV that’s big on in­no­va­tion.


The new Volvo XC40, with its ex­pres­sive de­sign, in­ge­nious stor­age and smart tech­nol­ogy, is built for city life. The first model on Volvo Cars’ new mod­u­lar ve­hi­cle ar­chi­tec­ture (CMA), it will un­der­pin all other up­com­ing cars in the 40 Se­ries in­clud­ing fully elec­tri­fied ve­hi­cles. Co-de­vel­oped within Geely, CMA pro­vides the com­pany with the nec­es­sary economies of scale for this seg­ment.

“The XC40 is our first en­try in the small SUV seg­ment, broad­en­ing the ap­peal of the Volvo brand and mov­ing it in a new di­rec­tion,” said Håkan Sa­muels­son, Pres­i­dent and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive, Volvo Cars. “It rep­re­sents a fresh, cre­ative and dis­tinc­tive new mem­ber of the Volvo line-up.”

In terms of tech­nol­ogy, the XC40 brings the award-win­ning safety, con­nec­tiv­ity and in­fo­tain­ment tech­nolo­gies known from the new 90- and 60 Se­ries cars to the small SUV seg­ment. Like its larger sib­lings, the XC40 high­lights the trans­for­ma­tional ef­fect of these new, in-house de­vel­oped tech­nolo­gies on brand and prof­itabil­ity.

These tech­nolo­gies make the XC40 one of the best-equipped small pre­mium SUVS on the mar­ket. Safety and driver as­sis­tance fea­tures on the XC40 in­clude Volvo Cars’ Pi­lot As­sist sys­tem, City Safety, Run-off Road pro­tec­tion and mit­i­ga­tion, Cross Traf­fic alert with brake sup­port and the 360° Cam­era that helps driv­ers ma­noeu­vre their car into tight park­ing spa­ces. At 4.4 m long and 1.8 m wide, the XC40 is built for city life with a com­pact ex­te­rior. Thanks to smart de­sign and a height of 1.6 me­ters, the in­te­rior is very spa­cious. The XC40 also of­fers a rad­i­cally new ap­proach to stor­age in­side the car. In­ge­nious in­te­rior de­sign pro­vides XC40 driv­ers with, among other things, more func­tional stor­age space in the doors and un­der the seats, a spe­cial space for phones in­clud­ing in­duc­tive charg­ing, a fold-out hook for small bags and a re­mov­able waste bin in the tun­nel con­sole. When it comes to load­ing pos­si­bil­i­ties, the XC40 fits 479 litres to the top of the rear back­rests.

The 2019 Volvo XC40 is of­fered in two mod­els, the T4 and the T5, and three trim lev­els. The T4 is a front-wheel drive model, the T5 all-wheel drive.

Both are pow­ered by the 2.0-liter tur­bocharged four-cylin­der en­gine, but with dif­fer­ent power out­puts for each. The T4 has 187 horse­power (139 kw) while the T5 has 248 hp (185 kw). Volvo es­ti­mates the XC40 T5 will do 0 to 100 kmh in 6.4 sec­onds, but if you want to re­ally wring out the XC40, you need to en­gage the Dy­namic drive mode, which ups throt­tle re­sponse, weights the steer­ing and has the trans­mis­sion hold gears longer.

XC40 cus­tomers now also have more choice in trim lev­els, in­clud­ing base, the launch vari­ants Mo­men­tum and R-de­sign, plus the lux­u­ri­ous new In­scrip­tion level. The In­scrip­tion trim of­fers ex­te­rior styling choices with 18”, 19” or 20” rims, unique skid­plates, side win­dow and grill mesh chrome, plus model-spe­cific car colours. In­side, In­scrip­tion adds a newly de­signed crys­tal gear knob and the at­trac­tive Drift­wood deco, which Volvo first in­tro­duced in its award-win­ning XC60 mid-size SUV.

XC40 cus­tomers can fur­ther ex­press them­selves with ac­ces­sories like the 21” Black Di­a­mond Cut al­loy wheels, and the new ac­ces­sory styling kit that of­fers brushed stain­less steel skid­plates and in­te­grated dual tailpipes.

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