Review Volvo XC40 2019: T4 Series
The Volvo XC40 is the smallest and most recent addition to the Swedish brand SUV SUV lineup and since its arrival in 2018 it seems everyone has hailed it as the best thing since the butter smashing. .
Seriously, the extremely high praise for the highly anticipated car that you might have been forgiven for thinking it might be the new Dalai Lama or the Messiah.
But what does it like to live with? XC40, not the Messiah.
We discovered when an X440 T4 lithograph came in for a week. During that time, I discovered how much fuel was needed, how much room was inside, how to drive and what was missing from the impressive safety technology arsenal.
Is there anything interesting about its design? 10/10
Nearly everything about the Volvo XC40’s design is interesting: from the way the bonnet stays flat and tall, then leads to the extra nose with the modern grille, to the way the rear door panel pops up. Strong to meet the rear pillar hugged by long, angular tail lights that house a cleanly designed tail wing. It has a cool, minimalist design in a small SUV package.
And the outside dimensions show how small XC40 is when it is 4.4m long, 1.6m high and 2.0m wide (with an outer mirror). How does that affect inner space? We will get that below in the practical section.
According to the interior design, Volvo Minimalism is present throughout the cabin. This cockpit has a stylish simplicity, with high quality feel for the materials and great fit and finish.
The inscription comes with a light color of ‘Peanuts wood, located on the dashboard and doors – it’s a light-colored, rough feeling wood, see for yourself the images inside. There is also a ‘crystal’ control knob, plush carpet trim on the door, charcoal leather seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
You can spot an inscription from the outside with its 19-inch ‘Double Spoke Black Diamond Cut’ alloy wheels – once again, check them out in the outside image. Although the R-Design layer above has a two-tone color scheme with a black roof, the inscriptions are standard all colors.
The color of my test car was ‘Bright Sand Metal’, which is the best shade from a limited selection of colors including ‘Pine Gray’, ‘Metallic Blue’, ‘Metallic brown’, ‘Metallic silver’ and ‘Crystal white pearl’.
Compared to rivals like the BMW X2, Audi Q2 and Jaguar E-Pace, I think the XC40 is arguably the most beautiful in the group.
I know beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but I have given the XC40 a perfect 10 because as soon as small SUVs come in, they are no longer beautiful or brave as unique as inside and out.
Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with? 7/10
There are three grades in the Volvo XC40 lineup – at the top is R-Design, at the bottom is Motivation and in the middle is our test vehicle, the inscription, for $ 50,990 before going on the road, except that it has an option worth $ 6410.
We will get those options, but first, the standard features. Inscript comes with a 9.0 inch vertical touch screen, sat nav, wireless phone charger, digital radio and Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, leather upholstery, crystal knob, dual climate control zone, electrically adjustable driver’s seat, proximity keys, roof rails, 19-inch alloy wheels and ‘Hammer of Thor’ LED headlights.
Options fitted to our test vehicle include the ‘$ 2500’ Technology Package, which adds adaptive cruise control, a 360-degree camera and automatic parking. There’s heated seats ($ 550), alarm ($ 480), tinted rear glass ($ 700), electric folding backrest ($ 250), heated rear seats ($ 350), lockable glove box ($ 30) ), heated steering wheel ($ 350) and Harman Kardon Stereo ($ 1200).
Is it good value? It talks about what you paid for a BMW X2 or a Jaguar E-Pace in a similar specification. Is it the reputation of an offer like Bimmer or Jag? Sure.
Is it good value for a small SUV in general? Is not. Mazda, Toyota, Hyundai, Kia and even Volkswagen offer better value for money so you can pay a reputable premium with Volvo. But you know this, right?
How realistic is the inner space? 9/10
The small XC40 is only 4.4m long and 2.0m wide, but the space inside is outstanding for storage and human rooms.
In the front there are many rooms for me up to 191cm tall to sit under the steering wheel with gaps in the seat legs and great head, shoulders and elbow room.
The room in the back is also great – I can sit in the back of my driving position with more than 20 mm of space between the knees and the seat, while the space is also plenty.
How big is the XC40 boot? The cargo capacity is 460 liters, which is huge for an SUV that’s only 4.4m long.
What are the important stats for engine and transmission? 8/10
The XC40 line has what Volvo calls a ‘T4’ turbocharged petrol engine with all-wheel drive (AWD).
It is your only choice for this class. If you like a front-wheel drive version (FWD), you’ll need to step down the engine level to have the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol engine with the same 140kW / 300Nm capacity.
You will use more fuel with AWD and to learn more about how much is missed for the section below on economics.
The T4 works smoothly, quietly and has enough clanking sound to get up and move quickly when I need to pass or merge. There is a small amount of turbo lag, but that’s not a discount tool.
‘Dynamic’ mode (sport setting) sharpens throttle response and gearshift.
The eight-speed automatic transmission is smooth, but a bit slow in normal settings and the lack of paddle shifters is disappointing.