2020 Volvo XC40

MSRP $35,700 - $42,450

Ranked #6 in Subcompact Suv

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2020 Volvo XC40 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: October 5, 2021

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Amratya Nigam 

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The 2020 Volvo XC40 is aimed at buyers who are ready to dip their foot into the entry-level luxury crossover market. 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. And with the prices starting at $33,700, Volvo means serious business.

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. Changes to the tune of a new 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a panoramic roof adorn the 2020 XC40. A 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder mill set to different tunes does the duty in the Volvo XC40 which is further mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.

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Pros

Comfortable Ride Quality

Lots of standard features for its segment

Subtle and practical interiors

Cons

Rear seat thigh support is not so great

Lags in terms of fuel efficiency

Infotainment system takes some time to get used to

What's New?

12.3-inch infotainment system is now standard throughout

R-Design trim gets Panoramic roof as standard

R-Design and Inscription models gets leather upholstery as standard


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$35700

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

130 mph

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

displacement

120 cu.in.

horsepower

248 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

258 lbs.-ft. @ 1800 rpm

transmission

8 speed Geartronic Automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

13.6/11.9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

40.3 cu ft.

cargo volume

57.5 cu ft.

towing capacity

3500 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.7 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.1 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

23/26/31 mpg

highway range

440.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

T5 Momentum$35,700 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.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

7.0

Features

8.5

Engine and Performance

7.5

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

7.8

Exterior

8.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

9.0

7.6

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.6

Overall Rating


The 2020 Volvo XC60 has an interesting exterior silhouette, as it is quirky and boxy at the same time. Coming onto the interior section, the 2020 XC40 invokes the same sense of Scandinavian Volvo design layout, with a clean and crisp cabin structure. Volvo also comes with a heightened sense of creature comforts included. 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 UX 200, 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 UX 200 but it's still an interesting option considering its price. Let's move ahead and find out how the XC40 fares against them.


8.5/10
Features

7.5/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.8/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety

9.0/10
Competition


2020 Volvo XC40 Features

8.5/10

The 2020 Volvo XC40 comes in three varied trim levels – Momentum, R-Design, and Inscription. Prices for the same start from an MSRP of $33,700. Each of these trims is further segregated into two more variants - 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. 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. 

Trim

Momentum

R-Design

Inscription

MSRP (FWD)

$33,700

$39,950

$40,450

(AWD)

$35,700

$41,950

$42,450

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

  12.3" active TFT configurable driver's information display

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

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The 2020 Volvo XC40 R-design variant with a T5 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

7.5/10

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 – Edmunds

The 2020 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.

 

The engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox which is pretty decent too. Leave it in 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. There is also a dedicated dynamic mode for the gearbox which gives faster gear changes. 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.

The Volvo XC40 is actually one of the faster cars here in terms of acceleration. 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 lighter curb weight.

Models

2020 Volvo XC40

2020 Lexus UX 200

2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

2020 Jaguar E-Pace

MSRP

$33,700

$32,300

$42,650

$39,950

Engine

2.0L turbocharged Inline-4

2.0L naturally aspirated Inline-4

2.0L turbocharged Inline-4 2.0L turbocharged Inline-4

Transmission

8 speed automatic

Continuously variable transmission

9 speed automatic

9 speed automatic

Horsepower

248 hp @ 5500 RPM

169 hp @ 6600 RPM

246 hp @ 5500 RPM

246 hp @ 5500 RPM

Torque

258 ft-lbs @ 1800 RPM

151 ft-lbs @ 4800 RPM

269 ft-lbs @ 1250 RPM

269 ft-lbs @ 1350 RPM

0-60 MPH

6.3 sec

8.1 sec

6.0 sec

6.7 secs

Quarter Mile

15.1

16.4 secs

15.4 secs

15.3 sec

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 "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.

2020 Volvo XC40 Fuel Economy

6.0/10

A fuel economy of 23 MPG in the city with the T4 badged 2020 Volvo XC40 means you do not have to look for gas stations very often for your SUV. Take it to the highway and this number climbs up to an impressive figure of 33 MPG, thus, escalating the combined mileage to 25 MPG which is one of the best figures in the segment. Opt for the T5 powered 2020 Volvo XC40, and the fuel economy is rated at 22 and 30 MPG in the city and highway respectively. 

Model

2020 Volvo XC40

2020 Lexus UX 200

2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

2020 Jaguar E-Pace

MPG (city)

22

29

20

21

MPG (highway)

30

37

27

28

MPG (combined)

25

33

23

24

Fuel Capacity 14.2 gallons 12.4 gallons 17.7 gallons 18.1 gallons

Volvo XC40 also has a tidy 14.2-gallon fuel tank, which can help the SUV to stretch out to 426 miles between fuel stops. The Volvo XC40's 26 miles to a gallon is better than the Jaguar and the Land Rover. The Lexus UX 200's underpowered NA engine with its lightweight heft combine to generate the maximum mileage of the lot.

2020 Volvo XC40 Interior

7.8/10

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 - Car and Driver

The 2020 Volvo XC40 takes inspiration from the other premium Volvo models as it offers a well-laid-out cabin space. The Swedish manufacturer has always excelled in being a utilitarian. The 2020 XC40 manages to seat in 5 adults comfortably without any hindrance. The seats are well bolsterd and provide adequate comfort even while taking on bumps and high-speed corners.

While the lower trims get cloth upholstery, the higher trims are privy to premium leather upholstery. The dashboard is as clean as they come, with minimal controls., and the Volvo trademarked vertical touchscreen. The vertical AC vents to the side of the screen also deliver a commanding touch to th whole dashboard layout.

The rear seating space can accommodate three people quite comfortably, but the person sitting in the middle might have to endure the stiffer cushion. Moreover, the rear window is also quite small. Apart from this slight hiccup, the XC40, overall, delivers an airy feel inside the cabin. 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. Yet again, the JLR twins stay at the bottom, with the E-Pace just edging ahead of the Evoque.

Model

2020 Volvo XC40

2020 Lexus UX 200

2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

2020 Jaguar E-Pace

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

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

39.0/56.7/40.9

35.7/55.1/42.1

39.0/-/40.2

39.2/-/40.0

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

39.1/56.3/36.1

36.4/52.9/33.1

38.0/-/34.8

38.2/-/35.1

Cargo capacity 20.7 cu. ft 21.7 cu. ft 21.5 cu. ft 24.2 cu. ft

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.  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 creature comforts 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

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 get a certain level of command over its controls. 

Some of standard infotainment features on offer are-

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

2020 Volvo XC40 Exterior

8.0/10

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 2020 Volvo XC40 is a very smart-looking SUV. It has perfect proportions and it looks quite contemporary. You will immediately know it’s a Volvo with its Thor hammer LED DRLs. The front is essentially like its bigger siblings, perhaps a little sharper. 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.

Model

2020 Volvo XC40

2020 Lexus UX 200

2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

2020 Jaguar E-Pace

Curb weight (lbs.)

3729

3307

3935

4035

Length(in)

174.2

177.0

172.1

173.0

Width(in)

73.3

72.4

78.1

78.1

Height(in)

65.3

60.6

64.9

64.9

Ground clearance (in)

8.3

N/A

8.3

8.8

Wheelbase (in)

106.4

103.9

105.5

105.6

Track width (in) F/R

63/64

61/61

63.8/64.1

64/65.1

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 exterior 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

7.0/10

It’s a Volvo. Car safety and Volvo are almost synonymous with each other. The 2020 Volvo XC40 comes loaded with the latest active and passive driver assistance features, that not only keep you but your family safe too. Coming onto the crash tests, both NHTSA and IIHS have rated the 2020 XC40 quite highly, with the NHTSA giving it a full 5 on 5-star rating, while the IIHS deeming it a "Top Safety Pick" rating. Moreover, without missing out on anything, the 2020 XC40's frontal crash prevention, both the vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian earn quite high praises.

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
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Run-off Road Protection
  • Road Sign Information
  • Speed Limiter
  • Lane Keeping Aid
  • Seatbelt Pretensioners
  • Stability Control System

2020 Volvo XC40 Competition

9.0/10

2020 Volvo XC40 vs 2020 Lexus UX 200

The Lexus UX 200 may be quite underpowered in comparison to the XC40 but it does pretty well with what it does. It has a 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.

2020 Volvo XC40 vs 2020 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.

2020 Volvo XC40 Final Verdict

The 2020 Volvo XC40 is an extremely nice car that checks all the right boxes for a family utilitarian. Though not brutal, its 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 others 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 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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