2020 Volvo XC40

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2020 Volvo XC40 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: March 24, 2020

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Volvo has always emphasized the fact that all its cars are made for the smart buyer with the best in class safety and comfort. With plans to have some market share in the compact SUV segment, Volvo launched the two new models in 2018 which were sold as the 2019 model. With the latest technology and a fresh design style, the 2020 Volvo XC40 aims to fill the gaps in Volvo line up.

 

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Pros

Cool and modern design styling

Upmarket and refined interior

Technologically advanced features

Cons

Noisy engine sound

Unexpected and poor fuel economy comparatively

Slow response from the infotainment system

What's New?

Standard 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster on all XC40’s

Cloth seats replace the previously standard leather on the base Momentum model

Leather remains standard on the R-Design and Inscription models

Panoramic roof is standard on the R-Design trim 

Power fold the rear seats dismissed from the XC40 lineup


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$33700

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

130 mph

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

120 cu.in.

horsepower

187 hp @ 4700 rpm

torque

221 lbs.-ft. @ 1400 rpm

transmission

8-Speed Geartronic Automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

13.6/13.6

dimensions

wheelbase

106.4 in.

length

64 in.

width

75.2 in.

height

65.3 in.

curb weight

3574 lbs.

ground clearance

8.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

40.3 cu ft.

cargo volume

57.5 cu ft.

towing capacity

3500 lbs.

payload capacity

1185 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.7 sec.

standing ¼-mile

15.1 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

23/31/26 mpg

highway range

440.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. /50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr. /unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr. /unlimited


Pictures & Videos

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Styles

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Ratings

Features

8.5

Engine And Performance

6.0

Fuel Economy

5.0

Interior

7.8

7.1

OVERALL RATING

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Volvo XC40 T4 Momentum

T4 Momentum

power
187 hp @ 4700 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
26 combined

$34,345


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T4 Momentum 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $34,345 MSRP (23/26/31) 187 hp @ 4700 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-Speed Geartronic Automatic front wheel drive 5

2020 Volvo XC40 T5 Momentum

T5 Momentum

power
248 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
26 combined

$36,345


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T5 Momentum 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $36,345 MSRP (23/26/31) 248 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-Speed Geartronic Automatic all wheel drive 5

2020 Volvo XC40 T4 R-Design

T4 R-Design

power
187 hp @ 4700 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
26 combined

$39,950


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T4 R-Design 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $39,950 MSRP (23/26/31) 187 hp @ 4700 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-Speed Geartronic Automatic front wheel drive 5

2020 Volvo XC40 T4 Inscription

T4 Inscription

power
187 hp @ 4700 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
26 combined

$40,450


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T4 Inscription 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $40,450 MSRP (23/26/31) 187 hp @ 4700 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-Speed Geartronic Automatic front wheel drive 5

2020 Volvo XC40 T5 R-Design

T5 R-Design

power
248 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
26 combined

$41,950


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T5 R-Design 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $41,950 MSRP (23/26/31) 248 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-Speed Geartronic Automatic all wheel drive 5

2020 Volvo XC40 T5 Inscription

T5 Inscription

power
248 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
26 combined

$42,450


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T5 Inscription 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $42,450 MSRP (23/26/31) 248 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-Speed Geartronic Automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

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Overall Rating


The Scandinavian has been struggling against the well established Germans in every segment that they face off. These are the initials years of the Volvo XC 40 as a compact luxury crossover and it remains to see if it shall grow to the likes of its older sibling the XC 90 or be lost over time like the Infiniti QX30 which was sacked 2 years post-release.

The 2020 XC 40 is a blend of all the latest tech and the reliability of Volvo all in one compact crossover. The Thor Hammer inspired DRLs and various signature Volvo cues all around the vehicle it does stand out from the crowd.

2020 Volvo XC40 SUV
2020 Volvo XC40 SUV

8.5/10
Features

6.0/10
Engine and Performance

5.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.8/10
Interior


2020 Volvo XC40 Features

8.5/10

The 2020 XC40 is offered in three trim levels – Momentum, R-Design, and Inscription. There are two sub-models namely T4 and T5 which differ in the engine and drivetrain. The luxury features and some design aspects do change as we move up the trims.

Trim

Momentum

R-Design

Inscription

MSRP T4 (FWD)

$33,700

$39,950

$40,450

MSRP T5 (AWD)

$35,700

$41,950

$42,450

Key Features

Sensus 9" touch screen and voice-activated control systems

High-gloss Black grille, front and rear skid plates, roof rails and window frames

Leather-faced upholstery

 

Sat nav with real-time traffic and lifetime map updates

Black stone roof and door mirrors

Power-operated tailgate

 

Keyless start

Dual integrated exhaust pipes

Front parking sensors

 

Three USB sockets

Uprated sports suspension

Powered driver's seat

 

Access to web apps, including Spotify, TuneIn, Google Local Search and Yelp

18" diamond cut/matt black alloy wheels

Driftwood interior inlays

 

Volvo On Call smartphone app and emergency assistance package

Leather/nubuck upholstery

Chrome exterior highlights

 

LED headlights with active high beam

Front seat cushion extensions

18-in. alloy wheels

 

Dual-zone climate control with 'CleanZone' air-filtration

Perforated leather steering wheel and gear knob

Exterior roof in body color

 

12.3" active TFT configurable driver's information display

Aluminium dashboard inlays

Driftwood inlays

 

Rear parking sensors

LED front fog lights with cornering function

Orreford crystal gearshift knob

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The T5 R-design trim is probably the best pick due to the performance and luxury options that are standard on it. Starting at $42,945, the R-design T5 features the integrated dual exhaust and sport suspension settings which do add to the drive quality. The optional Advanced package adds adaptive cruise control with a semi-autonomous mode, a 360-degree surround-view camera, and adaptive LED headlights which benefit the driver in everyday traffic situations.

2020 Volvo XC40 Engine and Performance

6.0/10

 The XC 40 is mated to a 2.0L Turbocharged inline-four which produces 184 HP in the front-wheel-drive layout and 248 HP in the all-wheel-drive layout. The engine powers the XC40 rather well and the FWD drive setup does seem underpowered but is efficient when compared to the more powerful AWD. It is a frugal engine when compared to being performing.

The 8-speed auto transmission is smooth and consistent throughout the drive. The paddle shifters are an added benefit to take control of the gears and shifts. Dynamic mode has quicker gear transitions for better performance optimization.

Models

Volvo XC40

Lexus UX 200

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

Jaguar E-Pace

MSRP

$34,695

$32,000

$42,795

$39,595

Engine

2.0L i4

2.0L i4

2.0L i4

2.0L i4

Transmission

8 speed automatic

Continuously variable transmission

9 speed automatic

9 speed automatic

Horsepower

248 hp@ 5500rpm

169 hp@ 6600rpm

246 hp@ 5500rpm

246 hp@ 5500rpm

Torque

258 ft-lbs@ 1800rpm

151 ft-lbs@ 4800rpm

251 ft-lbs@ 1250 rpm

269 ft-lbs@ 1200rpm

The XC 40 is the most powerful performer in the lot followed by the Jag E-Pace. Lexus fails to impress with the lackluster performance. The Rover packs a punch to impress and stands at the third spot with the highest MSRP.

Acceleration

The Volvo XC40 is all fresh and hungry to devour all competition. The figures may not seem as impressive as the performance SUVs but it does give a thrill to make everyday drive interesting. Gunning the XC40 is fun on traffic lights and it propels quicker than most vehicles around it.

Models

Volvo XC40

Lexus UX 200

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

Jaguar E-Pace

0-60 MPH

6.7 sec

8.9 sec

7.0 sec

7.2 sec

Quarter mile

15.1 sec

17.2 sec

16.2 sec

15.6 sec

Engine

2.0L i4

2.0L i4

2.0L i4

2.0L i4

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

7.0

4.5

7.1

7.7

Volvo proves to be a better player here with the fastest 0-60 and quarter-mile times. The Rover comes in second followed by the E-Pace but here Jag takes the Rover in the quarter-mile. The Lexus is the slowest out of the lot giving unimpressive numbers.

Ride and Handling

The Volvo XC40 rides truly well and truth be told, its ride quality is one of its features. It absorbs bumps and uneven roads quite well and feels comfortable around the city or interstate. Nonetheless, there are minor degrees of tire clamor and wind commotion at the front A-column yet, of course, that is negligible. There is a modest quantity of body move around the corners even in the R-Design trim which has a sport-tuned suspension yet that has been overseen entirely well. 

The XC40 is especially agile and simple to move, regardless of whether in a parking area or on the interstate. Regardless of its short length and shorter wheelbase, the XC40 is agreeable and adroit at engrossing street flaws. It's amusing to push on a winding street, particularly the R-Design models with their sportier suspension arrangement and bigger wheels.

Braking

The XC40 is suited for the everyday requirements and adds some more practicality to the same. It has good braking caliber which brings it to a complete stop from 60MPH at just 125ft of travel. 

The XC40 takes 125 ft to come to a stop from 60 mph which is a respectable distance for a car in this segment.

There are different mode settings for the brakes just like the engine, normal and dynamic. The normal mode has sensitive brakes and well suited for city drives, however, switch up to the dynamic mode and the brakes are smoother and the pedal feels weighted.

Model

Volvo XC40

Lexus UX 200

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

Jaguar E-Pace

Brake Front (in.)

13.6

12

12.8

12.8

Brake Rear (in.)

11.9

11.1

12.5

11.8

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3629

3307

3865

4035

60-0 MPH (ft.)

125

129

129

134

The E-Pace travels the most distance owing to its heavy frame. The Volvo is the quickest to stop with the largest discs in this line-up. The Lexus and Rover travel the same distance on braking from 60MPH, the difference in the weight is managed by the adequate sized brakes.

2020 Volvo XC40 Fuel Economy

5.0/10

Volvo has a brand image that appeals to the smart buyers with good reliability and lower ownership costs, the fuel efficiency is relevant for it. The compact SUV does retain most of its brand values and provides decent fuel economy in terms of light-footed highway travel returning an impressive 33 MPG figure.

Model

Volvo XC40

Lexus UX 200

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

Jaguar E-Pace

MPG (city)

23

29

22

21

MPG (highway)

33

37

29

28

MPG (combined)

27

33

25

24

The Volvo XC40 gives decent fuel efficiency compared to the competition. It returns 23 MPG in the city conditions, which is better than the Jaguar and Land Rover. The Lexus has an underpowered engine and has traded off performance for fuel-efficiency.

2020 Volvo XC40 Interior

7.8/10

The insides persist a similar structure we find in other Volvos. Stepping into the cabin, the most noticeable feature is the huge vertical screen that has become Volvo's trademark now. The dashboard is clean with simply the infotainment screen and a line of switches down underneath for the music framework. The vertical AC vents flanked on either side of the screen look very tasteful and clean.

2020 Volvo XC40 SUV 's Front Seats

Materials used in the cabin are completely sophisticated with a few soft-touch fabrics,  all things considered, it does feel above its class now and then. The brushed metal trim on the dashboard is an extremely decent touch. The instrument cluster is all advanced with fresh graphics and itemized data. The steering wheel is wide and pleasant. By and large, it's an extraordinary cabin to be in and presumably truly outstanding in class.

Model

Volvo XC40

Lexus UX 200

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

Jaguar E-Pace

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.0/56.7/40.9

35.7/55.1/42.1

39.0/NA/40.2

39.2/NA/40.0

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.1/56.3/36.1

36.4/52.9/33.1

38.0/NA/34.8

38.2/NA/35.1

The XC40 is truly extensive inside and truth be told, has one of the better seating spaces. The seats themselves are entirely agreeable and come enveloped by leather. It is possible to seat three individuals on the back seat, it wouldn't be as comfortable though. 

Interior Features

  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Front radar
  • 9-inch center touchscreen
  • Leather upholstery
  • 3-spoke steering wheel with leather stitching
  • Wireless phone charging
  • 13-speaker Harman Kardon sound system
  • 2-Zone electronic climate system
  • Hands-free tailgate
  • Heated front seats
  • Power Driver Seat with Memory function
  • Auto Dimming Interior Mirror

Infotainment

The infotainment system in this particular SUV is rather appealing, the UI is not very easy to use and may take a while to get used to. Otherwise, it's rather simple and convenient with not many complications with a few features demanding some extra attention to navigate through.

2020 Volvo XC40 SUV's Center Console

The digital instrument cluster is rather good with customizability according to personal choices. The graphics are clear making readability rather easy even in harsh daylight settings.

Cargo Capacity

It is a compact Utility vehicle for sure and yet the cargo capacity on offer is not what we would call exceptional. It is rather decent with enough space to carry a couple of large and medium-sized suitcases. If this space is not enough the rear 60/40 foldable seats provide the extra room for storage.

2020 Volvo XC40 SUV 

Model

Volvo XC40

Lexus UX 200

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

Jaguar E-Pace

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

20.7

21.7

20.3

24.2

The best contender here is the E-Pace with the highest storage capacity out of all the competition followed by the Lexus. The Volvo takes the third spot on the podium followed closely by the Rover

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2020 Volvo XC40 SUV Dash Board
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2020 Volvo XC40 SUV infotainment
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2020 Volvo XC40 SUV steering
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2020 Volvo XC40 Exterior

The Volvo XC40 goes with best-looking proportions. The front fascia wears LED DRLs that resemble Thor’s hammer. You’ll also find traces of the bigger XC90 and XC60 in terms of design layout. Go towards the side and you’d witness the differences more noticeably from its elder siblings. The window line kinks upwards at the C-pillar dual-tone paint job, providing a floating effect to the roof. 

2020 Volvo XC40 SUV Side View

The 20-inch wheels makes the car stunning. The rear has been kept simple and tidy. The L-shaped tail lights runs towards the tailgate and you find a Volvo badge at the tailgate center. This shows how beautifully designed is the Volvo XC40. 

Model

Volvo XC40

Lexus UX 200

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

Jaguar E-Pace

Curb weight (lbs.)

3629

3307

3865

4035

Length(in)

174.2

177

172.0

173.0

Width(in)

73.3

72.4

78.1

78.1

Height(in)

65.3

60.6

64.4

64.9

Ground clearance (in)

8.3

N/A

8.3

8.8

Wheelbase (in)

106.4

103.9

104.7

105.6

Track width (in) F/R

63/64

61/61

63.8/64.1

64/65.1

The XC40 is not the largest car in the segment. It comes second in terms of length but quite narrower when compared to the Evoque or the E-pace. It is the tallest SUV here and has a decent amount of ground clearance which gives it some off-road capabilities. Also, in spite of its compact proportions, it has the longest wheelbase in the competition. It is also one of the lighter vehicles here.

Exterior Features

  • Roof top in contrast colour,
  • R-Design roof pillar emblem
  • Body-coloured door handles with Illumination
  • Front grille with dark grey insert and chrome frame
  • R-Design grille with high-gloss black insert and Silk metal frame
  • Hidden tail pipes, in-coloured Silver skid plate
  • Roof Spoiler
  • Bright aluminium Roof rails
  • 18 inch wheels
2020 Volvo XC40 SUV Front View
2020 Volvo XC40 SUV side view
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2020 Volvo XC40 SUV Side View
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2020 Volvo XC40 SUV Rear View

2020 Volvo XC40 Safety

 

Volvo XC40 comes loaded with a lot of standard safety features and driver assistance systems like you’d expect from a Volvo and the XC40 is no different. The car intends to prevent an accident in the first place more than providing you safety in the event of an accident. Neither NHTSA nor IIHS has tested the XC40 yet and so we cannot offer you their ratings but we can tell that it’s pretty safe by the level of equipment it already has.

Safety Features

  • City Safety pack
  • Oncoming Lane Mitigation
  • Driver Alert Control
  • Run-off Road Mitigation
  • Run-off Road Protection
  • Road Sign Information
  • Speed Limiter
  • Lane Keeping Aid
  • Anti-lock Brakes
  • Multiple Airbags
  • Seatbelt Pretensioners
  • Stability Control System

2020 Volvo XC40 Competition

Volvo XC40 vs Jaguar E-Pace

Both cars are very similar in terms of power and torque figures but the Volvo XC40 is quicker than the E-Pace. The Volvo also has the better balanced handling whereas the E-Pace does not have much to offer in ride quality. Both cars look good from outside while the XC40 looks neatly placed cabin. Also, the E-Pace is more expensive than the Volvo XC40. 

2020 Jaguar E-Pace

Volvo XC40 vs Lexus UX200

The Lexus UX200 may be quite underpowered comparatively but performs well when it comes to ride quality. It is also stylish and upscaled. The Volvo XC40 offer better interiors but comes with $2000 more than the Lexus. 

2020 Lexus UX200

Volvo XC40 vs land Rover Range Rover Evoque

The Range Rover Evoque offers the best in class interiors and technology with the new updates. It also offers better ride quality than the peers. Evoque has its own game of offroading. However, the Evoque turns out to be an expensive pick than the XC40. The Volvo XC40 is a value for money car in all ways. 

2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

 

2020 Volvo XC40 Final Verdict

Being a Volvo, the XC40 offers a lot in a small bundle. The car is loaded with hefty features under a neat cabin. It’s a great car to drive in the city with excellent ride quality. As far as the price is concerned, the carmaker has placed it very well among the rivals. That is why the Volvo XC40 is a value for money car to consider. 

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