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.