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2019 Volvo XC40 Review
By Cody Trotter | May 9, 2019

Rankings and Research

The 2019 Volvo XC40 ranked #2 in Luxury Subcompact SUVs. Currently the Volvo XC40 has a score of 8.6 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 24 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

The 2019 Volvo XC40 is one of the best SUVs in its class in terms of performance, technology, and luxury. It’s a winner no matter what you like in a vehicle, which is why it finishes near the top of our luxury subcompact SUV rankings.


  • Powerful engine
  • Smooth ride and nimble handling
  • Posh interior
  • Lengthy features list


  • Subpar cargo capacity
  • Below-average predicted reliability rating

Features & Specs

MPG: 23 City / 31-33 Highway
Drivetrain: AWD, FWD
Horsepower: 187-248

Is the Volvo XC40 a Good SUV? The all-new Volvo XC40 is an outstanding SUV. It delivers ample engine power, a smooth ride, and adept handling. Inside, you’ll find arguably the nicest cabin in the class, with upscale materials, lots of standard and available features, and two rows of roomy seats. Some rivals have more cargo space or a better predicted reliability rating, but those are about the only drawbacks to this SUV.

Should I Buy the Volvo XC40? If you’re looking for a small, upscale SUV, the XC40 is hard to beat. It’s a class leader in many respects, and it costs about the same as other contenders in the class. In other words, this isn’t just a good vehicle – it’s a good value. Still, you may want to check out other luxury subcompact SUVs, like the BMW X1Audi Q3, and Mercedes-Benz GLA.

Which Volvo XC40 Model Is Right for Me?

There are three trims to choose from when buying an XC40: Momentum, R-Design, and Inscription. T4 models feature a 187-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and T5 models come with a 248-horsepower turbo-four. All XC40s have an eight-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive, and T5 models come with all-wheel drive. The midrange R-Design is the best choice. Its starting price is $2,500 more than the base trim’s, but it comes with enough extra standard features to make it worth the added cost. Additionally, it offers some features that aren’t available in the base XC40 Momentum.

Volvo XC40 Momentum

The XC40 Momentum has a base price of $33,200 for the T4 and $35,200 for the T5. Standard features include leather upholstery, automatic climate control, an air quality system, an eight-speaker audio system, satellite radio, two USB ports, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and the Sensus Connect infotainment system with a 9-inch touch screen.

There are plenty of standard active safety features as well, including a rearview camera, traffic sign recognition, lane keep assist, oncoming lane mitigation, road departure mitigation, driver drowsiness monitoring, rear collision warning, and Volvo’s City Safety, which delivers warnings and brakes automatically when a collision is imminent.

There are several option packages available. They cost up to $1,400 and add features like navigation, a Harman Kardon audio system, heated front seats, and several driver assistance features.

Later in the model year, a front-wheel-drive XC40 model will be available for $2,000 less.

Volvo XC40 R-Design

The XC40 R-Design has a starting price of $35,700 for the T4. As with the base model, add $2,000 for the T5. In addition to the base trim’s features, it comes with dual-zone automatic climate control, a cooled glove box, a power-adjustable passenger seat, navigation, and a hands-free power liftgate.

As with the Momentum trim, you can add multiple option packages that include features like wireless phone charging, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, blind spot monitoring, and more. The most expensive package costs $1,100.

Volvo XC40 Inscription

The XC40 Inscription retails for $37,750 for T4 models and $39,750 for T5 models. Upgrades to this model include a panoramic moonroof, a crystal gearshift knob, and wood interior trim pieces. The Inscription is available with many of the same option packages as the lower trims.

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The Final Call

The all-new 2019 Volvo XC40 is one of the most well-rounded luxury subcompact SUVs you can buy, which is why it earns a high spot in our class rankings. With its dynamic performance and elegant interior, every luxury subcompact SUV shopper should consider buying this Volvo.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • “The cheeky XC40 makes the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Mercedes GLA look like old fuddy-duddies, and the driving experience gives the Mini Countryman a run for…more

Automobile Magazine

  • “The best evidence one needs that Volvo has moved beyond just safety as its main calling card is to look at its SUV lineup. The XC90 and…more

Kelley Blue Book

  • “It’s hard to make an expensive cheap car, but the XC40 pulls it off. With a sensible mix of standard and optional equipment, and styling both inside and outside.