Review, price and specifications of the Volvo XC40 2024
For decades, Volvo has produced cars that are as simple and boxy as they are safe with an “S.” Modern Volvo continues to delight us with safer models, but with a more elegant and expressive design. This includes the entry-level XC40 SUV, which blends excellent protection with an upscale ambiance and youthful character. The cabin offers drivers a higher seating position than that of rivals such as the BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class. Even the less expensive model has an attractive, well-decorated interior, and the upper trims look quite premium. Every XC40 is powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine with all-wheel drive that handles well, and Volvo hasn’t skimped on standard safety and assistance technology. An electric version is also available if you’re looking for an eco-friendly option, but we’re reviewing the XC40 Recharge separately.
What’s new for 2023?
Volvo gives and takes for 2024. Gone is the front-wheel-drive B4 that produces 194 horsepower. The all-wheel-drive B5 becomes the only option, using the same 247-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Two new exterior colors join the palette, Cloud Blue and Vapor Gray Metallic. The entry-level Core model creates a stylish appearance with a bright exterior that adds bright accents around the vehicle. Additional standard equipment for this model includes wireless phone charging and keyless entry. Plus and Ultimate models get their choice of bright or dark exterior themes. The Plus model adds a 360-degree surround-view camera, a cabin air purifier, and larger 19-inch wheels to the list of standard equipment. The Ultimate raises the wheel size to 20 inches, and makes cornering lights standard. The Ultimate also picks up the XC40 Recharge’s electric battery-equipped fancier LED headlights.
Pricing and which one to buy
Pricing for the 2024 Volvo XC40 starts at $41,295 and goes up to $49,995 depending on trim and options.
We chose the mid-range Plus model. In addition to its new features, it comes with a panoramic sunroof, leather seats, LED fog lights, an electrically foldable rear seat, and a crystal gear selector.
Engine, transmission and performance
All 2024 XC40s are powered by the same engine: a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making 247 horsepower and assisted by a 48-volt hybrid system. Power is sent to all four wheels through a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission. At our test track, the XC40 reached 60 mph in 6.1 seconds. That time isn’t something to complain about in a compact crossover. On the other hand, the exhaust note is harsh and harsh under heavy throttle. The XC40’s towing capacity — a rarity among small luxury crossovers — remains 3,500 pounds.
Real-world fuel economy and MPG
EPA fuel economy ratings for the Per hour, the small SUV only delivered 27 mpg. That’s not a great result considering it’s up against the more efficient Mercedes-Benz GLB250, which delivered 32 mpg in our tests. For more information about the XC40’s fuel economy, visit the EPA website.
Interior, comfort and charging
Contemporary Swedish design meets playful, practical design inside the XC40. The light and airy cabin atmosphere creates a truly upscale ambiance even in the base model. Passenger space is ample in both the front and rear seats. As with its more expensive counterparts – the XC60 and Volvo designers took the opportunity to incorporate more youthful flourishes into the Plus model’s cabin, such as ornate metallic trim instead of traditional wood inlays and upright air vents with floating chrome adjusters. Top-of-the-line Ultimate models feature a sleek look, with driftwood trim and an Orrefors crystal shift knob. In our luggage testing, the XC40 was able to fit 23 carry-on bags with its rear seats folded. Additionally, Volvo has incorporated several innovative cargo storage features throughout the XC40’s interior, such as a hook that flips out of the glove box to hold takeout bags, a divider for the cargo area, and a removable trash bin with a hinged door in the center console.
Information, entertainment and communication
From its prominent position in the center of the XC40’s dashboard, Volvo’s Google-based infotainment system is displayed brightly on a 9.0-inch touchscreen. Almost everything inside the cabin is controlled via this screen, but there are few physical buttons. The system’s usability is a mixed bag: the main menus are arranged intuitively, but the on-screen icons are very small, making them difficult to use on the go.
Safety and driver assistance features
Volvo offers plenty of driver-assistance technology as standard, including automated emergency braking, blind-spot assist, and cross-traffic alert. More advanced features including a hands-free driving mode are optional. For more information about XC40 crash test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:
- Standard automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
- Standard lane departure warning with lane keep assist
- Adaptive cruise control is available with a semi-autonomous driving mode
Warranty and maintenance coverage
Volvo’s warranty coverage is fair, and three years of free scheduled maintenance is a nice perk. Unfortunately, there’s nothing here that makes the XC40 stand out among its competitors, which all offer roughly the same coverage.
- The limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
- The powertrain warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
- Free scheduled maintenance is covered for three years or 36,000 miles
2023 Volvo XC40 B5 AWD Ultimate
Vehicle type: Front engine, 4 wheel drive, 4 passengers, 4 doors
Base/as tested: $47,595/$50,190
Options: 20-inch wheels and tires, $800; Sage Green metallic paint, $695; Climate Package – heated rear seats and steering wheel, $550; Pixel LED headlights, $350; Hands-free power liftgate, $200
Turbocharged and intercooled, DOHC, 16-valve, 4-valve, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection
Displacement: 120 inches31969 cm3
Power: 247 hp at 5700 rpm
Torque: 258 lb-ft at 1,800 rpm
8 speed automatic
Suspension, F/R: Multi-link/struts
Brakes, F/R: 12.7-inch vented disc/11.9-inch disc
Tires: Pirelli Scorpion Zero all-season tires
245/45R-20 103H M+S Extra Loading VOL
Wheelbase: 106.4 inches
Length: 174.8 inches
Width: 73.7 inches
Passenger volume: 95 ft3
Load Size, Min/Max: 20/58 ft3
Net Weight: 3929 lbs
grandfather Test results
60 mph: 6.1 seconds
1/4 mile: 14.7 seconds at 94 mph
100 mph: 16.7 seconds
The above results remove a 1-foot subtraction for 0.3 seconds.
Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 7.3 seconds
Top Gear, 30-50 mph: 3.6 seconds
Top Gear, 50-70 mph: 4.7 seconds
Top speed (gov ltd): 114 mph
Braking, 0-70 mph: 185 ft
Road Holder, 300′ Skateboard: 0.85g
grandfather Fuel economy
Note: 21 mpg
Highway driving at 75 mph: 27 mpg
75 mph highway range: 380 miles
EPA fuel economy.
Combined/city/highway: 26/23/30 mpg
grandfather Test explained
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