The New Volvo XC40

Volvo created an excellent, top-of-the-line luxury CUV when they produced the XC40. It is the best luxury CUV on the market. It has all the get-up-and-go you could want, offers a very smooth, comfortable ride and has very responsive handling. The interior is, of course, luxurious and tastefully adorned with only the best materials. The only real drawback is that the XC40 has a tiny bit less cargo space than some competitors. Here are the answers to the questions you may have about the all-new XC40.


Is the Volvo XC40 a four-passenger SUV?

The XC40 has plenty of room for five people. The back seat can comfortably carry two average-size adults or three children. You can put three adults in the back, but they may be a bit cramped. Two sets of LATCH car-seat connectors are located in the outer positions of the back seat. The doors on this little CUV also open up nice and wide, which makes installing car seats much easier. Leather upholstery comes standard in the XC40.


What are the available trim levels on the new XC40?

Volvo was only offering two trims for the XC40. The XC40 T5 Momentum is the base trim. Starting MSRP for this one is $35,200. The other trim is the T5 R-Design, which has a starting price of $37,700. It comes with all of the standard T5 Momentum features plus dual-zone automatic climate control, a navigation system, push-button adjustability for the front passenger seat, Nappa and nubuck leather upholstery with sporty piping and stitching, a glove box that keeps things cool and a power liftgate. Volvo has recently added an Inscription trim for their new little subcompact CUV. The XC40 Inscription is now the top trim level with a starting price of $39,750. This trim level was previously available on the larger XC60. The Inscription comes with 18-inch six-spoke alloy wheels, although 19- and 20-inch wheels are available options. It also comes with a panoramic moonroof, driftwood panels throughout the cabin and an Orrefors Crystal gear knob.


Does the XC40 have plenty of room in the back for groceries and supplies?

There is actually plenty of room for enough groceries and supplies for an average family in the XC40. With the rear seats folded flat, the XC40 has a total of 57.5 cubic feet of cargo room. There are just over 20 cubic feet of room behind the rear seats when they are in their upright positions. This is about average for compact CUVs.


Is the new Volvo XC40 a front-wheel-drive CUV?

The XC40 is only available with all-wheel drive. A front-wheel-drive option is supposed to be coming sometime during the summer of 2018, though. The XC40 comes with four pre-programmed driving modes. You can switch from Comfort mode to Dynamic mode, Off-Road mode or Eco mode. It also has an Individual mode that you can program yourself.


Is the new Volvo compact SUV fuel efficient?

The Volvo XC40 gets 23 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, which is respectable fuel economy for this size vehicle. The Jaguar's subcompact CUV E-Pace gets 21 mpg in the city and 27 to 28 mpg on the highway. The Porsche Macan gets 20 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. BMW's X1 subcompact CUV gets 22 to 23 mpg in the city and 31 to 32 mpg on the highway.


What type of engines are available for the Volvo XC40?

There is only one engine option for the new XC40. It is a 2.0-L In-line 4-cylinder turbocharged engine that makes 248 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. This engine is more than adequate to power the little subcompact CUV.


Does the XC40 have a good infotainment system?

The new XC40 has an excellent infotainment system that includes Volvo's eight-speaker High-Performance Audio System. It can be controlled with voice control, steering wheel buttons or the 9' display touch screen. SiriusXM radio as well as Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity are standard. It also has two USB ports.


Does the XC40 have the latest safety systems?

The XC40 comes well-equipped with standard safety features like rear collision warning, traffic sign recognition, road departure mitigation, lane keep assist, driver drowsiness monitoring, oncoming lane mitigation and a rearview camera. It also comes with Volvo's City Safety system with imminent collision warning and automatic braking. Additional safety systems like blind spot monitoring, active bending headlights, front and rear parking sensors, rear, parallel and perpendicular park assist systems and Pilot Assist are available.


Is there a luxury subcompact CUV that's better than the XC40?

No, there really isn't any other CUV in the XC40's class that is clearly better. The BMW X1 is extremely close, though. It should definitely be on your test-drive short list. The X1 has a cubic foot more cargo space with the back seat down but seven cubic feet more behind the rear seat. The X1 is slightly less expensive, too, with prices ranging from $33,900 to $35,900, and gets about the same gas mileage.

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