We have been talking about the Volvo’s new family of SUVs all year long. After releasing the full-size XC90 and the slightly smaller XC60, the automaker has now released the third member of the SUV family, the Volvo XC40 which slots below the XC90 and XC60. The SUV becomes the first Volvo to use the Compact Modular Architecture (CMA). The 2018 Volvo XC40 draws inspiration from the big brother XC90 both for its exterior and interior styling. In addition to using the new CMA platform, the compact SUV is powered by the automakers lineup of efficient Drive-E power-trains. The SUV is a good buy for enthusiasts looking for a premium compact SUV without spending “big”.
2018 Volvo XC40 Exterior
Like its bigger SUVs, the XC40 flaunts Volvo’s latest design language. The front fascia of the 2018 Volvo XC40 actually looks like a smaller version of the XC90. The compact SUV features the same grille which is similarly flanked by “Thor’s” hammer LED headlights. Volvo has however revised the bumper to give the 2018 Volvo XC40 a unique look of its own.
The flanks are different starting with less rugged side skirts. The model also features a big dent in the door sections which make it look more stylish than its bigger brother. The rear quarter window shrinks towards the D-pillars giving the XC40 a sportier look compared to the XC60 and XC90.
At the rear, the XC40 design of the taillights mimics that of the XC90. The taillights upper section extends towards the roof spoiler. Other features are however unique to the XC40. Unlike the XC60 and XC90, the compact SUV has a cleaner tailgate. The rear license plate is located on the bumper as opposed to the tailgate. The rear bumper is also unique.
The base Momentum trim features LED headlights as standard and ride on 18-inch alloy wheels that are finished in black and white. Buyers can add a white color on the mirror caps and roof. There is also an option to enlarge the model’s wheels up to 21 inches. The R-Design trim features a glossy black treatment on the grille and lower bumper. It also features black door mirrors and roof, and rides on 18-inch diamond-cut rollers with an option for 20-inch alloy rollers. The R-Design trim also features dual integrated exhaust tips. The Inscription trim adds chrome exterior detailing for a more deluxe look. The model has an option for a Pro package that offers active bending headlights with adaptive shadow technology that prevents dazzling vehicles in front. The Inscription Pro rides on custom-made 19-inch wheels.
The cabin is also inspired by the XC90 but has a few features of its own. The dashboard is similar to that of the XC90 but is not as huge; however, the center console is as wide as that of the XC90. The center stack, on the other hand, holds a 9.0-inch tablet-like screen. The A/C vents are clean and align with the central display as well as the styling of the dash on the passenger side. There is a 12.3-inch digital instruments cluster.
Base Momentum trims have a textile and vinyl upholstery. There infotainment system features satellite navigation, voice control as well as real-time traffic alerts. The model also has three USB ports and also features the automaker’s On Call Smartphone app for emergency assistance in case of an accident; the system uses inbuilt GPS to direct emergency operators to the car’s exact location.
The R-Design features nubuck leather upholstery for the seats, dash and door panels. The shifter and steering wheel are wrapped in perforated leather. There are also aluminum inlays on the dash. The Inscription trim, on the other hand, features full grain leather upholstery, a powered driver’s seat, driftwood inlays on the dash, power-operated tailgate as well as front parking sensors. Models with an automatic system get an Orrefors crystal gear shifter lever borrowed from the XC90.
The Pro Package adds a power driver seat, heated windscreen and front seats to the base trim. An Inscription Pro package adds powered passenger seat. There is also a Xenium package for all trims that adds 360-degree surround view camera system to aid in parking, Park Assist Pilot that supports 90-degree parking and automatic parallel packing as well as a tilt-and-slide panoramic sunroof made of glass.
Wireless mobile phone charging, a 13-speaker Harmon Kardon audio system and Smartphone integration for both iOS and Android are also available.
For safety, the model feature several advanced drivers assist technologies including Oncoming Lane Mitigation, City Safety emergency braking system among others.
The Pilot Assist is a semi-autonomous feature that functions within speeds not exceeding 80 mph.
Engine and performance
Volvo is currently involved in replacing its current engines with a lineup of new, more frugal units which it has christened “Drive-E Engines”. The engines have a displacement of 2.0 liters and while most are gasoline units, the automaker also offers diesel power-plants. The XC40 will be offered in three gasoline mills for global markets. The base gasoline engine is known as the T3 and produces 156 hp, there is also a more powerful engine christened T4 which is good for 190 horsepower. The most powerful of the gasoline engines is known as the T5, it produces 247 hp. The base T3 is offered with an only front-wheel drive but the T4 and T5 have an option for AWD.
Two diesel mills will also be sold in the global market. The base engine known as the D3 produces 150 horses while the other is known as the D4. The latter produces 190 horsepower. The D4 features AWD as standard but the D3 is available with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Both, however, feature an automatic gearbox as standard.
The automaker plans to offer other engines in future including a hybrid drive-train. In the U.S., only models powered by the T5 gasoline engine will be sold when sales commence; however, Volvo will add the T4 to the market in the summer of next year.
Price and release date
In the U.S., the base momentum trim with the T5 engine has an MSRP of $35,200 but the T4 will be a little cheaper when it arrives next summer, the base model will retail at $33,200. In the UK, the base gasoline-powered T3 has an MSRP of £27,905. For diesel engines, the base D3 FWD models fetch £28,965. Sales of the model will commence in January.