The tough factor when attempting to determine your model as a participant within the luxurious stratosphere is pushing your self previous merely premium accoutrement. That is what confronts entrepreneurs from marques reminiscent of Acura, Buick, Genesis, Infiniti, and Volvo when proving bona fides towards established German luxurious.
Volvo has lengthy produced sturdy premium automobiles with simply sufficient class to justify the upper buy worth over a loaded automobile from a mainstream model. However now we’re seeing automobiles from Gothenburg like the S90 and V90 (and from what we hear, the redesigned XC90 coming next year) that place Volvo firmly on the posh buying record towards the dominant German manufacturers.
Enter the XC40, a spritely subcompact SUV that enables Volvo to step again into its premium-mentality consolation zone. However the Germans have been swimming downmarket and introduced the combat for budget-luxury buyers to Volvo’s door with automobiles just like the Mercedes-Benz GLA, Audi Q3, and BMW X1. So who builds the higher product—a longtime premium automaker enjoying in its well-established sandbox, or the true luxurious manufacturers trying to increase their presence?
Base XC40 MSRPs begin as little as $34,795. However we obtained ours loaded up with goodies that stickered out at an as-tested $44,890. What did that further 10 grand get us?
The “T5” code means a 2.0-liter direct-injection, turbocharged four-banger that cranks out 248 hp and 258 lb-ft (up from 187 and 221 within the base T4), mated to an eight-speed Geartronic torque-converter computerized transmission and all-wheel drive. The suspension is a entrance MacPherson strut and rear multilink setup, driving on 19-inch aluminum wheels. The R-Design boasts a “sport chassis” setup, which has stiffer shocks and comes than the usual “dynamic” setup. We determined to not spring for the 4-C energetic chassis setup.
Climbing inside, occupants are greeted by Volvo’s always-comfy energy heated seats with energy lumbar and mechanical thigh-support extension, all crafted in Nappa leather-based.
What else does R-Design get you? Some upgrades in supplies, reminiscent of a laminated moonroof, a special entrance grille design, leather-based steering wheel and gear-shift knob, Volvo-branded tread plates within the entrance door sills, and snazzier gasoline and brake pedals. There are some sensible add-ons, as effectively, reminiscent of keyless locks, a hands-free tailgate (wiggle your foot below the bumper), built-in roof rails, dual-zone local weather management, and HomeLink storage door controls.
The motive force sees a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel that additionally has quick-view shows from the journey pc, map, or radio. The middle waterfall has Volvo’s ubiquitous 9.0-inch Sensus Join infotainment display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, in addition to Bluetooth connectivity. It additionally serves as a Wi-Fi sizzling spot. Entrance and rear occupants in back and front every get two USB ports. A trial subscription to SiriusXM satellite tv for pc radio blasts by the 650-watt, 13-speaker Harman Kardon stereo.
Our XC40 additionally comes with the $1,300 Superior package deal, which gives a 360-degree surround-view digital camera, 12-volt outlet within the cargo space, inductive smart cellphone charging, adaptive cruise control, and high-pressure headlight cleansing (in all probability extra mandatory in Swedish winters than in Los Angeles). Nonetheless, I might say that is a well-priced set of options.
As for security, the Swedish automaker needs to make sure that longstanding connection remains to be foremost in patrons’ minds. Beginning with LED headlights and foglights (each units of lights “nook” with steering inputs), the XC40 provides the same old blind-spot and lane departure warnings however then brings post-collision computerized braking, in addition to the Metropolis Security system that may detect bicyclists or pedestrians day or night time.
If the XC40 detects that you are crossing the centerline into the trail of an oncoming automobile, it’ll swerve you again into your correct lane. It additionally will provide you with a warning in case your driving inputs seem fatigued in comparison with the trail of the street and can use the maps operate to counsel a close-by place to cease. And naturally, there are airbags galore.
And whereas not technically a security merchandise per se, this XC40 comes with front and rear park assist. Many automakers’ programs discuss a great recreation on this area however are inclined to do poorly when real-world execution is required; we’ll see how the Volvo matches up.
The XC40 comes with complimentary manufacturing unit scheduled upkeep that covers the primary three companies (10,000, 20,000, and 30,000 miles) at no cost, so long as you are available in throughout the first three years or 36,000 miles of service.
Though the well being scare has us taking nice care with the place we drive, we nonetheless anticipate to get loads of use from the XC40. The truth is, as quickly as we took the keys, we had been off to our trip residence in Paso Robles wine nation. Particulars to return.
|2021 Volvo XC40 T5 AWD (R-Design)|
|PRICE AS TESTED||$44,890|
|VEHICLE LAYOUT||Entrance-engine, AWD, 5-pass, 4-door SUV|
|ENGINE||2.0L/248-hp/258-lb-ft turbo DOHC 16-valve I-4|
|CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST)||3,807 lb (58/42%)|
|LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT||174.2 x 73.Three x 65.Three in|
|0-60 MPH||6.2 sec|
|QUARTER MILE||14.7 sec @ 93.Zero mph|
|BRAKING, 60-Zero MPH||111 ft|
|LATERAL ACCELERATION||0.86 g (avg)|
|MT FIGURE EIGHT||27.Four sec @ 0.62 g (avg)|
|EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON||22/30/25 mpg|
|ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY||153/112 kWh/100 miles|
|CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB||0.78 lb/mile|