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Volvo XC40: 2019 Motor Trend SUV of the Year Finalist

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 11/7/2018 Motor Trend Staff

WE LIKE Hip modern styling, Pilot Assist, powertrain

WE DON'T LIKE Excessive noise, suspension needs fine-tuning

Volvo's cool XC40 was worth the wait, with fresh and fun styling to appeal to millennials while offering a great package and ride any age can appreciate.

a car parked on the side of a road © Motor Trend Staff

The familiar 2.0-liter turbo I-4 and eight-speed automatic provides quick acceleration. The suspension delivers a spirited ride and steering without being darty—but was accompanied by squealing tires, body roll, and excessive wind and road noise. "Did they just completely forget sound insulation?" Mark Rechtin asked.

Despite promising entry-level luxury, the XC40 has an impressive array of safety features, including Pilot Assist for autonomous help with steering, acceleration, and braking to avoid collisions. Cruise control held its set speed down long, steep hills.

In a segment of reworked hatchbacks and misshapen lumps, the XC40 is fashionable and unexpected while rocking comfy seats and orange highlights throughout its interior. The integrated trash can is genius, Zach Gale said.

Gordon Dickie appreciated the rear legroom and headroom, ski pass-through (thanks, Sweden!), and ability to fold the rear seats from a switch in the trunk. Headrests fold down, the load floor doubles as a divider, and there's a strap to restrain gear.

The Sensus iPad-sized infotainment system provides excellent audio, and the swipe screen is easy to learn and use—although the pictographs tend to be too small to see without distraction. Overall, it's a strong value play.

The XC40 has a "pugnacious swagger inside and out," Angus MacKenzie said, "with forms and materials and colors that are reminders that not all Scandinavian design is a riff on birchwood and midcentury furniture."

Explore the Volvo XC40 inside and out below. Click, drag and scroll to discover more.


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      a car driving down a dirt road © Motor Trend Staff
      2019  T5 AWD R-Design
      Base Price/As tested $39,195/$46,485
      Power (SAE net) 248 hp @ 5,500 rpm
      Torque (SAE net) 258 lb-ft @ 1,800 rpm
      Accel, 0-60 mph 8.2 sec
      Quarter-mile 16.1 sec @ 84.6 mph
      Braking, 60-0 mph 125 ft
      Lateral Acceleration 0.79 g (avg)
      MT Figure Eight 28.1 sec @ 0.61 g (avg)
      EPA City/Hwy/Comb 23/31/26 mpg
      VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, AWD, 5-pass, 4-door SUV
      ENGINE/TRANSMISSION 2.0L turbo DOHC 16-valve I-4 /8-speed automatic
      CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 3,854 lb (58/42%)
      WHEELBASE 106.4 in
      LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 174.2 x 73.3 x 65.0 in
      ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 147/109 kW-hrs/100 miles
      CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 0.75 lb/mile

      2019 Volvo XC40 T5 AWD front three quarter in motion 3 © Motor Trend Staff 2019 Volvo XC40 T5 AWD front three quarter in motion 3

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