The 2022 Volvo XC40 SUV is Volvo’s smallest and most affordable SUV, yet still offers a premium interior and is generously equipped with advanced driver aids.
The Volvo XC40 accommodates up to five people with both rows having ample headroom, though three to four people fit more comfortably. It has good build quality, yet a simple design and offers good visibility in the front seats. Leather seating surfaces, LED headlights and 18-inch wheels are standard; and the R-Design adds sporty styling with a unique grille, high-gloss black exterior trim, black-painted roof, 19-inch wheels, and upgraded leather upholstery. The Inscription will add different 19-inch wheels, a chrome grill, and a crystal-trimmed gear-shift knob. The XC40 offers average cargo space, with 20.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 47.2 cubic feet with the seats folded down. To make up for loss space, a fold-up cargo floor opens up and a trunk divider helps keep gear separate. The XC40 can tow up 3,500 pounds when properly equipped.
Safety and Tech
The XC40’s features a vertical 9-inch touch screen that’s more like a tablet than a horizontal display. It offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot, an eight-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, and HD Radio. A premium package available on the Momentum includes a navigation system, wireless smartphone charging, dual-zone climate control, and front parking sensors. You can opt for a 13-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system, self-parking system, and a climate package that includes headlight washers, heated rear seats, and heated steering wheel. It comes standard with forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane keep assist, a rearview camera, and automatic high-beam headlights. Available safety features include adaptive cruise control, automatic parking assist, front parking sensors, and pilot assist advanced driver assistance system.
Power, Fuel and Price
Each trim level on the XC40 uses a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The T4 entry-level packs 187 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque, while the T5 will give you 248 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. The T4 is only available with front-wheel drive, while the T5 only uses all-wheel drive. Each uses an eight-speed automatic transmission. They both handle well and the T5 will give you better acceleration. The all-electric Recharge has an estimated range of 208 miles on a full charge and a 79 MPG-equivalent in combined city/highway driving. The XC40 is available in three trims: Momentum, R-Design, and Inscription. It delivers an estimated 23/33 mpg in the city and on the highway. The optional engine drops it to 22/30 mpg city/highway. The base XC40 Momentum T4 starts at $35,195 and ranges to a starting price of $42,945 for the T5 Inscription.
The 2022 luxury subcompact Volvo XC40 offers a lot of value into a small package. It delivers solid engine options, including an all-electric option, a refined cabin quality, and lots of standard safety and tech features.