2020 Volvo XC40 Review

If you still think Volvo and sporty are mutually exclusive, it’s time to update your database. The smallest Volvo SUV is handsome, oozes personality and holds its own on the open road.

What’s more, few makers match Volvo’s standards when it comes to interior quality and ergonomics. Where else will you find a crystal shifter? On the other hand, some reviewers have expressed issues with the operation of the shifter — and the touchscreen. However, an owner will become familiar with them quite readily, as did I during my time with the XC40.

Power comes from a 248-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four and is routed to the ground via an eight-speed automatic transmission through all four wheels. I averaged 26 miles per gallon over a mix of highway and city driving.

Confident and agile, the XC40's road manners are wholly conducive to sporty driving. Body roll is minimal, grip is good and frankly, it all works together pretty well, This is especially true if you get the Momentum package with its adjustable steering and throttle response.

 

Moreover, Volvo’s Pilot Assist II does an outstanding job of guiding the XC40 semi-autonomously.

Even better, the 2020 Volvo XC40 really shines in inclement weather. If you have to deal with snow or heavy rains during much of the year, you'll find the smallest Volvo more than ready to cope with the vagaries.

All in all, the compact Volvo delivers premium looks and amenities along with a bit of exclusivity.
That you won’t see an XC40 at every traffic signal is another real plus.

I like it.

Pricing starts at $33,700.

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