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    2019 Volvo XC40 OVERVIEW

    The 2019 Volvo XC40 brings a distinctly Swedish flavor to the compact crossover. It's sleek, luxurious, and (of course) safe, ticking all the necessary boxes for a modern compact luxury crossover.

    What's New for 2019

    The XC40 is an all-new model for 2019. It joins the two larger SUVs in Volvo’s lineup, the XC60 and XC90.

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    Choosing Your XC40

    The XC40 family will expand over time, but at launch there’s only a single choice for engine and drivetrain. The engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged unit producing 248 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. All XC40s are currently all-wheel drive, although Volvo says that a front-wheel drive variant will hit dealerships in the summer of 2018. An eight-speed automatic transmission is the only transmission available in the USA. The EPA hasn’t released mpg estimates yet, but expect them to be in the high 20s with highway figures that might barely hit the 30-mpg figure.

    Cargo capacity is moderate at 47.2 cubic feet (including the rear seat area), but there are lots of nooks and crannies for storage around the cabin. Volvo made a point of prioritizing connectivity in the XC40, so a nine-inch touchscreen is front and center. Technology perks like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a host of available apps are standard. There’s even an optional wireless charging pad.

    The 2019 XC40 is the first member of the Volvo family to be available via its new subscription service. Care by Volvo offers both versions of the XC40 with the base Momentum demanding $600 per month and the R-Design costing $700 per month. In addition to the well-equipped vehicles – the prices Volvo lists in the fine print include $5,250 in extras on the XC40 Momentum and $6,545 in optional gear on the R-Design – the monthly charge covers the insurance, scheduled maintenance, tire and wheel protection, and wear-and-tear protection at turn in. Each vehicle has a 15,000-mile annual cap. Owners can hang onto their XC40 for up to two years before having to re-up their subscription, or they can swap out of their car after just 12 months. Additional Volvo models will join the Care program in the coming years.

    To compete with luxury models like the BMW X1, all XC40s are equipped with plenty of luxury. To help narrow it down, Volvo is offering two trims at launch:


    After a $995 destination fee, the XC40 Momentum starts at $36,195. 18-inch alloy wheels are the default, but buyers can upgrade their way through various 19- and 20-inch designs all the way to a huge, $2,680 set of 21-inchers. Leather seats are standard, as are a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a leather shifter. All XC40s also get a wifi hotspot, push-button start, automatic climate control, driver-seat memory settings, and ambient interior lighting. On the exterior, Volvo includes LED headlights, automatic high beams and wipers, and a power liftgate. Black, white, and blue paint are included, but if you want a more adventurous color you’ll have to shell out $595.

    Volvo’s reputation is built on safety, and even in base trim the XC40 does not disappoint. Standard safety features include pedestrian detection, automatic brake assist, lane departure assist, and a rearview camera.

    Other safety features are sprinkled throughout a variety of package options. The $1,400 Premium Package adds even more safety in the form of a Volvo's excellent semi-autonomous driving system, Pilot Assist. It packages nearly every active safety system under the sun, making highway travel almost as effortless as modern technology allows – only Mercedes, Cadillac, and Tesla offer more advanced active safety equipment.

    The Premium Package benefits also include dual-zone climate control, a cooled glove box, heated washer nozzles, power headrests, a hands-free liftgate, and keyless entry. For $1,100, the Vision Package adds front and rear parking assist, blind-spot warnings, cross-traffic alert, and powered auto-dimming mirrors. If you add the Vision Package you unlock the Advanced Package for $995, which upgrades the parking camera to a 360-degree view and adds intelligent cornering headlights. Heated front seats and wheel are available as a package for $750, and a $1,375 Multimedia Package upgrades the audio to a Harmon Kardon system and throws in navigation to boot.

    Most of the options are covered in packages, so there aren’t too many stand-alone options. An auto-dimming rearview mirror is $80, and keyless entry with a hands-free liftgate is $575. The big-ticket item is a laminated moonroof for $1,200.


    Starting at $38,695, the XC40 R-Design adds a sportier feel and some aesthetic highlights. 19-inch wheels are standard, and the suspension has been tuned for more control. Also standard are automatic high beams, keyless entry, a hands-free liftgate, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery with faux-suede accents, and navigation. A sleek grille, black roof and headliner, black roof rails, and fancy exhaust tips round out the cosmetic upgrades. All the safety features of the Momentum trim are still in place.

    You don’t have to stick with the black exterior, but other colors still cost $595. Because some of the features are already standard, on this trim the Premium Package only costs $900. The Vision, Advanced, and Heated Seats/Wheel packages are the same as they were on the Momentum in both features and price.

    The Multimedia Package isn’t available, but the Harmon Kardon sound system is available as a stand-alone option for $800. The only other significant option is the moonroof.

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    Especially with the cosmetic touches, the R-Design adds plenty of value for only a moderate price increase. The customizable features work well with the Scandinavian design – let your aesthetic side out to play, and enjoy all the luxury that Volvo has packed in.

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