2020 Volvo XC40

MSRP $34,345 - $42,450

Ranked #6 in Subcompact Suv


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2020 Volvo XC40 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 1, 2021

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Amratya Nigam 

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It was only a matter of time when Volvo would join the bandwagon with a compact luxury crossover of their own. They took their own sweet time to develop a perfect utilitarian after studying the market, to give birth to the all-new - Volvo XC40. While Volvos are known for their calm and composed ride quality, the XC40 is pretty quirky indeed. It looks fresh and bold, the interiors and features are top-notch for the segment and it drives better than most. It actually stands distinguished from the lot.

A 2.0L, turbocharged 4-cylinder mill does the duty in the Volvo XC40 which is further mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. And with the prices starting at $33,700, Volvo means serious business. In fact, the XC40 lineup tops out where some of its competitors begin from.

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Comfortable Ride Quality

Lots of standard features for its segment

Subtle and practical interiors


Rear seat thigh support is not so great

Small rear windows

Infotainment system takes some time to get used to

What's New?

The Volvo XC40 is a brand new car and has been introduced for the 2020 model year.


vehicle bio

base price



4dr SUV

passenger capacity


top speed

130 mph


front wheel drive

engine type


120 cu.in.


187 hp @ 4700 rpm


221 ft-lb. @ 1400 rpm


8 speed automatic


suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

13.6/11.9 in.



106.4 in.


174.2 in.


73.3 in.


65.3 in.

curb weight

3574 lbs.

ground clearance

8.3 in.


passenger volume

40.3 cu ft.

cargo volume

47.2 cu ft.

towing capacity

3500 lbs.

payload capacity

925 lbs.


zero to 60 mph

6.7 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.1 sec.

fuel economy


23/27/33 mpg


basic warranty

4 yr./ 50,000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr./ 50,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

9 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance


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T4 Momentum$34,345 onwards

T5 Momentum$36,345 onwards

T4 R-Design$39,950 onwards

T4 Inscription$40,450 onwards

T5 R-Design$41,950 onwards

T5 Inscription$42,450 onwards

Colors and Styles

2020 Volvo XC40 in Black Stone color
Black Stone

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.


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Engine and Performance


Fuel Economy












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With the all-new XC40, Volvo pokes a crowded segment wherein almost every manufacturer has already established a fair share of popularity for themselves. We have short-listed the Lexus UX200, the Range Rover Evoque and the Jaguar E-Pace for this face-off. All cars are quite equally matched in terms of performance except for the Lexus UX200 but it's still an interesting option considering its price. Let's move ahead and find out how the XC40 fares against them.

2020 Volvo XC40 SUV front view
2020 Volvo XC40 SUV rear view


Engine and Performance

Fuel Economy





2020 Volvo XC40 Features


As shown in the image below, the XC40 comes in three trim levels – Momentum, R-Design, and Inscription. Each of these trims is further segregated into two more trims - T4 and T5. While the first three trims define the feature-list of the XC40, the other two trims (T4 and T5) refer to the engine under the hood. Talking about the engines, both are 4-cylinder units producing 187 horses and 248 horses respectively. 

2020 Volvo XC40 Trim Lineup - R Design, Momentum and Inscription (From left to right)

Volvo also offers an optional AWD system but it can only be paired with the T5 powertrain. The "R-design" is slightly more performance-oriented than the others, which explains its stiff suspension setup. 













Key Features

Sensus 9" touch screen and voice-activated control systems

Leather/nubuck upholstery

Leather-faced upholstery


Sat-nav with real-time traffic and lifetime map updates

Black stone roof and door mirrors

Power-operated tailgate


Keyless start

Dual integrated exhaust pipes

Front parking sensors


Three USB sockets

Uprated sports suspension

Powered driver's seat


Access to web apps, including Spotify, TuneIn, Google Local Search and Yelp

18" diamond cut/matt black alloy wheels

Orrefors crystal gearshift knob


Volvo On Call smartphone app and emergency assistance package

High-gloss Black grille, front and rear skid plates, roof rails and window frames

Chrome exterior highlights


LED headlights with active HighBeam

LED front fog lights with cornering function

Driftwood interior inlays


Dual-zone climate control with 'CleanZone' air-filtration

Perforated leather steering wheel and gear knob

Body-colored exterior roof


12.3" active TFT configurable driver's information display

Aluminum dashboard inlays



Rear parking sensors

Front seat cushion extensions


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The R-design variant with a T-5 engine and the all-wheel-drive system makes a perfect package for its price in the XC40 lineup. The R-Design comes packed with all the creature comforts that you’d expect from a Volvo. The all-wheel-drive system further enhances the power delivery of the bigger T-5 engine.

2020 Volvo XC40 Engine and Performance


“A spunky turbocharged four-cylinder motivates the XC40, making it feel spry, though even the sportier tuned R-Design trim feels calibrated more for comfort than performance. Braking, steering and shifting are all agreeable, and we preferred the Dynamic setting in most instances.” – Edmunds

The Volvo XC40 is powered by a 2.0L, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that is offered in two different states of tune. The "T4" badge refers to the unit, as shown below, producing 187 horses at 4700 RPM and a torque output of 228 ft-lbs at 1400 RPM. The more powerful unit, badged as "T5", produces 248 horsepower at 5,500 RPM and 258 lb-ft of torque at 1,800 RPM. Both the engines are sufficiently powerful for the car and pull with quite a lot of energy. There is a small amount of lag when you floor the accelerator but it is negligible. The engine is otherwise very refined and you always have enough power on tap whenever the need arises.
2020 Volvo XC40 Engine Bay (2.0L, turbocharged inline-4)

The engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox which is pretty decent too. Leave it in the auto mode and it will shift gears seamlessly and smoothly for you. However, when you press hard on the throttle, it takes some time to downshift before it starts going again. In case you want to change gears yourself, you can always tap left or right on the gear selector or you can also take manual control with the paddle shifters. There is also a dedicated dynamic mode for the gearbox which gives faster gear changes.


Volvo XC40

Lexus UX 200

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

Jaguar E-Pace







2.0L i4

2.0L i4

2.0L i4

2.0L i4


8 speed automatic

Continuously variable transmission

9 speed automatic

9 speed automatic


248 hp@ 5500rpm

169 hp@ 6600rpm

237 hp@ 5500rpm

246 hp@ 5500rpm


258 ft-lbs@ 1800rpm

151 ft-lbs@ 4800rpm

251 ft-lbs@ 1250 rpm

269 ft-lbs@ 1200rpm

In comparison, all cars are equally powerful in the segment being powered by turbocharged four-cylinder units except for the Lexus which is naturally aspirated and produces far less power. Also, the Land Rover and the Jaguar have one extra gear over the XC40 while the UX200 uses a CVT. 


The Volvo XC40 is actually one of the faster cars here in the acceleration test. While the "T4" spends 7.8 seconds to clear the 60MPH mark, its more powerful iteration - the T5, does the same in just 6.7 seconds which is quite appreciable for the segment and a compact SUV. The difference in power between them gets more evident with their quarter-mile timings. The T4 clears the quarter-mile mark in 16.1 seconds, which is respectable, but come to T5 and this figure reduces to just 15.1 seconds. Not just the figures, the XC40 also feels quick and pacey, thanks to its lightweight. 


Volvo XC40

Lexus UX 200

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

Jaguar E-Pace

0-60 MPH

6.7 sec

8.9 sec

6.0 sec


Quarter mile






2.0L i4

2.0L i4

2.0L i4

2.0L i4


(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)





As seen above, the XC40 is the second-fastest vehicle here in this comparison. It is overpowered by the Range Rover Evoque by a considerable margin, thanks to more torque. However, due to the added weight, the E-Pace just trails the Evoque. The most underpowered contender in this comparison - The Lexus UX200, concludes the race. 

Ride and Handling

The Volvo XC40 rides really well and in fact, its ride quality is one of its key highlights. It soaks up bumps and potholes very well and maintains a comfortable ride. However, there are minor levels of tire noise and wind noise at the front A-pillar but then again, that’s very minimal. There is a small amount of body roll around the corners even in the R-Design trim which, ironically, has a sport-tuned suspension.

2020 Volvo XC40 R-Design Steering Wheel

The steering is very light at low speeds but still quite precise. There is also a dynamic setting for the steering wheel which adds a little more heft and some more stability and control. The steering feedback is not very encouraging but it is enough to get the job done. That said, it wouldn’t feel unsettled even if you push it hard.


The XC40, in spite of being one of the smallest crossovers in the segment, possesses the largest disc brakes of the lot. These brakes enable the Volvo to come to a halt from 60 MPH in just 125 ft, which is a respectable feat for a car from this segment. The coolest thing is that there are dedicated modes even for the brakes – normal and dynamic. In the normal mode the brakes are too sensitive and tend to be touchy but in the dynamic mode, the pedal is adequately weighted and the bite is better.

2020 Volvo XC40 18-inch Diamond Cut Alloy Wheels (R-Design)

The "R-Design" trim aside, the front end of the XC40 dives considerably under hard braking applications, thus, discouraging the confidence of the driver. This is still acceptable considering that the XC40 is a crossover. It needs to be treated like one. 


Volvo XC40

Lexus UX 200

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

Jaguar E-Pace

Brake Front (in.)





Brake Rear (in.)





Curb Weight (lbs.)





60-0 MPH (ft.)





Unfortunately, the numbers aren't available for all the brands but weight-saving just helps the braking well. And Lexus trumps them all, obviously, being the lightest one of the lot. The XC40 is the next lightest contender in this comparison and also possesses bigger brakes than the rest. The two other contenders from JLR's stable stick together at the last.

2020 Volvo XC40 Fuel Economy


A fuel economy of 23 MPG in the city means you do not have to look for gas stations very often for your XC40. Take it to the highway and this number climbs up to an impressive figure of 31 MPG, thus, escalating the combined mileage to 26 MPG which is one of the best figures in the segment.


Volvo XC40

Lexus UX 200

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

Jaguar E-Pace

MPG (city)





MPG (highway)





MPG (combined)





The Volvo XC40's 26 miles to a gallon is better than the Jaguar and the Land Rover. The Lexus UX200's underpowered engine added with its lightweight combine to generate the maximum mileage of the lot.

2020 Volvo XC40 Interior


“Swedish contemporary design meets fun and functional in the XC40's interior, and the cabin's atmosphere imparts a truly upscale vibe even in the base Momentum trim. The boxy, upright design allows for a light and airy feel inside; passenger space is commodious in both the front and rear seats.” – Car and Driver

The interiors carry over the same design language that we have seen in the bigger Volvos. As soon as you step into the cabin, the first thing you notice is the large vertical screen that has become Volvo’s trademark now. The dashboard has been kept minimalistic with just the infotainment screen and a row of switches as the center of attraction. The vertical AC vents flanked alongside the screen and on either side also look extremely classy and clean.

2020 Volvo XC40 dashboard area

Fit and finish of the materials are absolutely top-notch and the abundance of soft-touch materials further adds to the lux-appeal of the cabin. The brushed metal trim on the dashboard is a really nice touch. The instrument cluster is all digital with crisp graphics and detailed information. The steering too is a nice chunky one and there are decent storage spaces all around. Overall, it’s a great cabin to be in and probably one of the best in class.

The XC40 is pretty spacious inside and in fact, has better dimensions in terms of seating as compared with the rivals. The seats themselves are very comfortable and come wrapped in leather. You can seat three people on the rear bench quite comfortably but the protruding transmission tunnel and the stiffer cushion on the middle seat could cause some discomfort to the passenger. Also, the rear window is quite small because of a plastic panel that eats up some space for the kink on the window, outside. Apart from this slight hiccup, the XC40, overall, delivers an airy feel inside the cabin.


Volvo XC40

Lexus UX 200

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

Jaguar E-Pace

Passenger capacity





Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)





Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)





When pitted against the competitors, the XC40 comes out to be on the top. It offers best-in-class legroom and also offers more shoulder room than the rest. Volvo's boxy design seems to be helping them win this competition. The Lexus, surprisingly, performs better than the rest of the contenders and stacks up at the second position in this comparison. Yet again, the JLR twins stay at the last with the E-Pace just edging ahead of the Evoque.

Cargo Capacity

The Swedish manufacturer has always excelled in being a utilitarian. However, with a cargo capacity of 20.7 cu.ft behind the rear seats, the XC40 seems to have taken a different route, as its rivals overshadow this number with a good margin. That said, you can always fold the rear row down-flat with a touch of a button to unveil a maximum volume of 47.2 cu.ft. We believe that this space is just enough to quench your thirst.

2020 Volvo XC40 Partition panel in Cargo Area

Though the numbers might narrate a different story, Volvo has very cleverly added some storage spaces that set it apart from the segment. For instance, there is a small partition panel in the cargo area that folds up to become a grocery bag holder. They have also provided the XC40 with small dedicated nets to hold your precious belongings in place. Further enhancing the overall experience is the fact that the tailgate lifts high and wide enough. However, the high-set lower lip of the boot might cause some distress to the loading/unloading factor.


Volvo XC40

Lexus UX 200

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

Jaguar E-Pace

Cargo Volume (ft.3)





Volvo XC40 does not have the best cargo capacity, however, it comes only third in the competition here inching slightly ahead of the Range Rover Evoque. Still, the cargo space is pretty well organized and packs a charging socket too. The Jaguar E-pace emerges as a crown bearer here with a cargo capacity of 24.2 cu.ft.

Infotainment System

The Volvo XC40 caters to your entertainment needs with a standard 9.0-inch longitudinally placed touchscreen infotainment system that has been carried over from other Volvos. While it may take some time to get used to, it’s really easy and convenient to use once you become friends with it. There are not many physical buttons hindering the view. Most of the functions have been integrated into the infotainment system itself. Although some of them require you to navigate quite a lot through the system.

2020 Volvo XC40 9.0-inch Touchscreen Infotainment System

Also, the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster is also a great quirk. The graphics are crisp and clear and can be customized to display a lot of information according to your priorities. However, the same cannot be said about the interface of the system. It is laggy and requires a little getting used to. While Volvo’s system may not be as great as BMW’s iDrive, it’s still pretty slick and smart. Some of the key features are:

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Bluetooth Audio streaming
  • Sirius XM Satellite Radio
  • Three USB Ports
  • Voice-activated controls
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot

Interior Features

Apart from the infotainment system, the XC40 also packs a wide array of features inside the cabin pertaining to creature comfort and luxury. Some of the key highlights in the baby Volvo's cabin are: 

  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Front radar
  • Leather upholstery
  • 3-spoke steering wheel with leather stitching
  • Wireless phone charging
  • 13-speaker Harman Kardon sound system
  • Dual-Zone electronic climate control system
  • Hands-free tailgate
  • Heated front seats
  • Power Driver Seat with Memory function
  • Auto-Dimming Interior Mirror

2020 Volvo XC40 Exterior


“It’s a younger crossover than the other two, bigger Volvo offerings, inside and out. The bright design wears extroverted colors too, which won’t be for everyone. We like that. It gets a point above average for its sheet metal and one more for its interior that’s clever—and attractive.” – The Car Connection


The Volvo XC40 is a very smart looking SUV. It has perfect proportions and it looks contemporary. You will immediately know it’s a Volvo with its Thor hammer LED DRLs. You can find traces of the bigger XC90 and the XC60 in terms of design but it still manages to look distinctly a different car. The front is essentially like its bigger siblings, perhaps a little sharper.

2020 Volvo XC40 Side View

Move over to the side and you’d see the differences more noticeably from its elder siblings. What strikes you most is the proportions of the car. The window line kinks upwards at the C-pillar and the dual-tone paint job further accentuates a floating effect to the roof. There are some bold contours near the door sills and with the optional 20-inch wheels, the puzzle feels complete.

At the rear, it’s quite neat and simple. The L-shaped taillights run vertically down the tailgate and there’s the Volvo badge on the center of the tailgate. A spoiler and dual exhaust complete the look at the rear. One of the best-designed Volvos plying on the roads undoubtedly, the XC40 makes sure that all the eyes are pointed at you.


Volvo XC40

Lexus UX 200

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

Jaguar E-Pace

Curb weight (lbs.)




















Ground clearance (in)





Wheelbase (in)





Track width (in) F/R





The XC40 is not the largest car in the segment. It comes second in terms of length but quite narrower when compared to the Evoque or the E-pace. It is the tallest SUV here and has a decent amount of ground clearance which gives it some off-road capabilities. Also, in spite of its compact proportions, it has the longest wheelbase in the competition. It is also one of the lighter vehicles here, of course, except the Lexus.

Exterior Features

This baby Volvo also sports some highlights of its own on the outside, to make it stand apart from the crowded segment that it belongs to. Some of the key highlights of the XC40's interior are:

  • Rooftop in contrast color
  • R-Design roof pillar emblem
  • Body-colored door handles with Illumination
  • Front grille with dark grey insert and chrome frame
  • R-Design grille with high-gloss black insert and Silk metal frame
  • Hidden tailpipes, in-colored Silver skid plate
  • Roof Spoiler
  • Bright aluminum Roof rails
  • 18-inch wheels

2020 Volvo XC40 Safety


It’s a Volvo. Car safety and Volvo are almost synonymous with each other. It comes loaded with a lot of standard safety features and driver assistance systems like you’d expect from a Volvo and the XC40 is no different. Unfortunately, neither NHTSA nor IIHS has tested the XC40 yet which is why we have to wait for the official verdict on the safety parameter. However, we all are pretty familiar with Volvo's stature in this department and we have high hopes with the XC40 too.

2020 Volvo XC40 Body Structure

Some of the key safety features found in the 2020 Volvo XC40 are:

  • City Safety pack
  • Oncoming Lane Mitigation
  • Driver Alert Control
  • Run-off Road Mitigation
  • Run-off Road Protection
  • Road Sign Information
  • Speed Limiter
  • Lane Keeping Aid
  • Anti-lock Brakes
  • Multiple Airbags
  • Seatbelt Pretensioners
  • Stability Control System

2020 Volvo XC40 Competition


2020 Volvo XC40 vs Jaguar E-Pace

Both cars are very close on paper in terms of power and torque figures but the Volvo XC40 is actually quicker to 60 mph than the E-Pace. The Volvo has an upper hand with a better-balanced ride quality and handling dynamics than the E-Pace. Both cars look amazing from the outside but it’s the interiors of the Volvo which feel more special and better equipped. Finally, the XC40's cheaper price tag further closes the deal over the E-Pace.

Jaguar E-Pace

2020 Volvo XC40 vs Lexus UX200

The Lexus UX200 may be quite underpowered in comparison to the XC40 but it does pretty well with what it does. It has good body control and good ride quality as well. It looks very stylish and quite apart. The interiors are good but the infotainment system could have been better. It has a way better fuel economy than any of its competitors. The XC40, on the other hand, does all the good things that the Lexus does but with way more power and performance. Also, the interiors in the Volvo feel better too. What really works for the Volvo is that it’s just around $2000 more expensive than the Lexus and it offers way more than that.

Lexus UX200

2020 Volvo XC40 vs Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

The XC40 is a benchmark in this luxury compact SUV segment and it really seems to do everything quite well. The Range Rover Evoque is the only car that comes quite close to give the XC40 some good competition. The Evoque has the best interiors and technology in its class, especially with this new update. It’s also the fastest to 60 mph and is expected to ride and drive much better than before. Being a Range Rover, the Evoque has proper off-road capabilities and there’s no beating the Evoque at that. However, the XC40 feels more like a family-oriented crossover as compared to the Evoque and not to forget, the XC40's reliability factor is also miles ahead of the latter.

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque


2020 Volvo XC40 Final Verdict

The XC40 is an extremely nice car that checks all the right boxes for a family-utilitarian. Though not brutal, it's powertrain always has some punch reserved for those occasions when you attempt overtakes or go flat-out. It looks very smart and handsome on the outside and the interiors feel as special and luxurious as you could expect from this segment.

Being a Volvo, it comes loaded with a good amount of tech, and lots of standard safety features which really give it an edge. It’s a great daily driver. Probably the only flaw with this is that it’s only a soft-roader unlike some other in the segment. Still, we think the Volvo XC40 offers more for its price.

2020 Volvo XC40 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Does Volvo XC40 require premium gas?

Although Volvo does recommend premium gas for the XC40, its engine can still run on the regular 87-rated unleaded octane fuel without posing any threat to the motor under the hood.

Does the Volvo XC40 also come in AWD?

Yes, apart from the base trim, T4, all other trims can be mated to the optional AWD drivetrain as well.

Does the Volvo XC40 have ventilated seats?

Unfortunately, no, the XC40 doesn't feature ventilation as function on its seats, however, the front seats do feature an optional heating function which further adds on top of the MSRP of the vehicle.

What is the difference between Volvo XC40 and Volvo XC60?

The Volvo XC60 is just a slightly more evolved version of the baby Volvo with a better and a bigger feature-list. The former also outshines the latter with bigger dimensions, albeit the height.

Does the XC40 come with a warranty?

Yes, the XC40 is backed by a 4-year/50,000-mile warranty. For more information on this front, head over to the features tab on top of this page.

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