2019 Volvo XC40 Review: A Winning Formula

– Detroit, Michigan

Verdict 6.5 / 10

The virtues we’ve come to love in Volvo’s new larger cars trickle down successfully to the company’s smallest crossover, the XC40. Premium yet affordably priced, sporty and stylish yet still sensible, the 2019 Volvo XC40 makes a big impression.

It also stands out in its class because so many other small premium SUVs are tough to recommend – some are too cramped, others are expensive, others have brittle ride quality. This one, however, seems a great choice in every way. Because our ranking system compares the XC40 to all SUVs, some of these category numbers may look only average. But rest assured, the XC40 earns high praise all round.

Pricing 5/10

Starting from $35,200 for the T5 Momentum and running up to $39,750 for the glitzy T5 Inscription, the XC40’s pricing structure is par for the course for premium small SUVs. This mid-grade version, the R-Design, starts at $37,700 before destination and options. But its as-tested price of nearly $46,000 reflects the fact that it is easy to add a lot of cost when you elect Volvo’s many options packages; order carefully to keep you car’s price in check. Later, Volvo will add a front-wheel-drive XC40 trim level that’ll be more affordable, starting at $33,200, though it will also have less horsepower. You ca...