Within the fashionable range of Volvo SUVs, the more elegant 2022 XC40 model is a trendy and youthful one. The base model comes with a turbocharged four-cylinder with 184 horsepower that sports the T4 badge. However, the most fun version is the T5 model, which comes with 248 horsepower and a standard all-wheel drive. The XC40 has a lot of modern technology with driver assistance options that borrow from more expensive Volvo models, like features like the Pilot Assist semi-autonomous driving mode. However the XC40 isn’t just a flashy car. The cabin has been thoughtfully designed with smart storage options and the cargo space is large enough. In addition, when compared with German rivals like that of the BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA-class The Volvo’s more spacious seating position is a draw for people who love SUVs. If you’re in search of an electric vehicle with similar features, Volvo also offers the XC40 Recharge that we have a separate review of.
What’s New for 2022?
The smallest Volvo SUV gets only a little change for 2022. The XC40 is no longer equipped with an electric liftgateor front fog lights as well as rear child locks, which are standard equipment. The R-Design mid-range and the upscale Inscription models get the ability to charge your smartphone wirelessly however, and those who wish to they can shell out extra for the power liftgate as an independent option for every model.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
We’d recommend our T5 R-Design model not just for the security of all-wheel drive but also because of the more powerful engine with 248 horsepower. The T5 R-Design is standard with navigation with a panoramic roof and an attractive appearance. We’d recommend adding to the Climate Package, which offers heating for the back seats, the steering wheel and headlamp washers and the Advanced package, which includes adaptive cruise control, semi-autonomous mode as well as a 360-degree camera and an outlet with 12 volts located within the storage area.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
In the underside of each XC40 is turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 248 or 184 horsepower (called T4 and T5 respectively). The more robust T5 is a special edition that comes with all-wheel-drive, assisted our Momentum test car accelerate to 60 mph in quick 6.2 seconds. The automatic transmission with eight speeds manages gear changes without delay and doesn’t transmit any harshness into the cabin in the process. Our only complaint is the loud sound it makes when the engine is operating at a high throttle. In cruising, the engine is silent and smooth. The XC40’s capacity for towing — a uncommon feature in subcompact luxury crossovers — is at a massive 3500 pounds.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
Despite boasting class-leading fuel efficiency ratings by the EPA (22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg in highway) however, the XC40 T5 only delivered average performance for its class in our 75-mph highway fuel economy test, which was 29 mpg. The GLB250, a slick Mercedes-Benz that is extremely efficient, easily beat the XC40 in our tests with a 32-mpg fuel efficiency. Its front wheel drive T4 model has EPA rating of 23mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. For more information on the XC40’s fuel efficiency go to the website of the EPA.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Modern Swedish design meets fun and practical design in the XC40. The light and airy ambience gives off a luxurious style even in the basic Momentum trim. Space for passengers is spacious in both rear and front seats. Like its more expensive stablemates – the XC60 and XC90, the XC40 is practical inside, well-built and exquisitely designed, though not as luxurious and plush. Volvo designers made use of the opportunity to include more modern touches inside the cabin of the Momentum or R-Design trims, including the metallic trim that is textured instead of the traditional wood inlays, and the rectilinear vents that have adjustable chrome floating elements. Premium Inscription models have a more refined appearance, sporting driftwood trim and a shifter made out of Orrefors crystal. The luggage test we conducted on the XC40 revealed that the XC40 could accommodate 23 suitcases for carry-on with the seatbacks folded. Furthermore, Volvo has integrated a range of clever storage options for cargo inside the cabin of the XC40 like hooks that can be removed from the glovebox to accommodate take-out containers, a divider for the cargo space, and a movable garbage bin that opens via hinged doors within the middle console.
Infotainment and Connectivity
In its prominent, somewhat sloping place in the middle of the dashboard Volvo’s Sensus Connect infotainment system is clearly displayed on the 9.0-inch touchscreen. The majority of the interior can be controlled by the display, but there aren’t many redundant physical buttons. Usability of the system is not the best the menus in the main menus are well-organized and have submenus that suffer from tiny touchscreen icons which are difficult to navigate when on the move. We also observed a noticeable system lag right after starting.