The 2021 Volvo XC40 benefits from more standard features. On the safety front, the subcompact crossover SUV now comes with rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, rear parking sensors, and adaptive LED headlights as standard. Seeing as how a lot of these features are optional on competitors, it certainly gives the XC40 an edge.
That’s not all, leather upholstery, auto-dimming and power-folding side mirrors, and two rear USB ports have also been made standard. All-wheel-drive models additionally come with heated front seats.
Finally, Volvo added an all-electric XC40 Recharge model to the lineup. It's the brand's first fully-electric vehicle.
Choosing Your Volvo XC40
The XC40 is available in four trims: Momentum, R-Design, Inscription, and Recharge. Pricing starts at $34,695 including destination for the base Momentum and goes up to $40,445 for the Inscription. Pricing for the XC40 Recharge hasn't been announced as of this writing.
There are three available powertrains for the XC40. All are based on a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The Momentum, R-Design, and Inscription all start with the T4, but the T5 is available for $2,000.
|Fuel Economy (Combined)
|T4 2.0L Turbo 4-Cylinder
|T5 2.0L Turbo 4-Cylinder
|T8 2.0L Turbo 4-Cylinder and 2 Electric Motors
|Not Yet Rated
The base T4 powertrain is only available with front-wheel drive, while the more powerful T5 and T8 are only available with all-wheel drive. The only transmission available is an eight-speed automatic.
The T5 powertrain is the one to get. Going with the T5 powertrain also brings an available Polestar Performance Software package that costs $1,295. The package brings sharper throttle response, different software calibration for the transmission, and new engine mapping for improved performance.
The all-electric XC40 Recharge offers an EPA-estimated 208 miles of range with its 75-kWh battery.
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
Every XC40 can seat up to five people. While its body may be tiny, it still offers 36 inches of rear leg room, which is average for the class. With the rear seats in place, the XC40 can hold up to 20.7 cubic feet of cargo space. Folding them down opens cargo capacity up to 47.2 cubic feet. While that’s not class-leading, the XC40 offers a fold-up cargo floor, as well as hooks for bags.
Volvo’s known for being one of the safest automakers on the road, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise to see all of the safety features that are offered on the XC40. Forward collision warning, lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, automatic high high beams, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and rear parking sensors are all standard.
Adaptive cruise control and a surround-view camera are available through the Advanced Package. Front parking sensors are available on the Momentum with the Premium Package ($2,200), but they come standard on the R-Design and up.
The IIHS named the 2020 XC40 a Top Safety Pick vehicle, while the NHTSA gave the 2021 model a five-star overall safety rating.
The XC40 comes with a 9-inch touchscreen and a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, an eight-speaker audio system, three USB ports, satellite radio, and HD radio are also included.
Wireless charging is available through the Advanced Package, while navigation is offered as part of the Premium Package on the Momentum. The navigation system becomes standard at the R-Design level. A Harman Kardon audio system is a standalone option for $800.
The entry-level Momentum trim comes with loads of standard features. Leather upholstery, an eight-way power driver’s seat with memory functionality, single-zone automatic climate control, adaptive LED headlights, 18-inch wheels, a power liftgate, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel are standard.
A variety of packages are available. The Climate Package adds heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and heated windshield washer nozzles for $750. The Advanced Package ($1,500) brings adaptive cruise control, a surround-view camera, wireless charging, a headlight cleaning system, ambient interior lighting, and a 12-volt outlet in the cargo area. A panoramic moonroof costs $1,475.
Navigation, a universal garage door opener, sport suspension, a panoramic sunroof, 19-inch wheels, front parking sensors, two-zone climate control, a power passenger seat, and Nubuck upholstery are standard on the sportier R-Design.
Volvo also offers the R-Design as part of a subscription program that’s called Care by Volvo. The plan is designed to simplify car ownership by offering a well-equipped vehicle with insurance, repairs, and maintenance all included in one neatly monthly payment. The subscription service for the XC40 costs $700 a month and includes 24 months and 15,000 miles a year.
The XC40 Inscription uses the comfort suspension setup, and comes with leather upholstery, 18-inch wheels, and driftwood interior trim.
The Recharge is the new all-electric offering in the lineup. It comes with a 75-kWh battery, two electric motors, all-wheel drive, and 208 miles of range. Volvo has stated that the XC40 Recharge will start just under $50,000, and it's expected to go on sale in late 2020 or early 2021.
With more standard features, the 2021 Volvo XC40 Momentum is the best option in the lineup. Additionally, the more powerful T5 engine is worth the upgrade, as it brings a lot more power for a small drop in fuel economy.