Compact & Comfortable: Volvo XC40 B5 AWD

June 12th, 2023 at 2:04pm

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For now, the XC40 is the most compact crossover in Volvo’s lineup, but it still delivers everything you’d expect from a Volvo. While not as richly appointed as the bigger and more expensive Volvo’s, it’s as refined and solid as they are.

Volvo states that it is now only selling electric and hybrid cars, but the XC40 I drove was only a stop/start mild hybrid. Other than that it’s an ICE vehicle all the way, with a 2-liter with 247 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. That’s plenty of power to get this compact crossover to get up and go when you want it to.

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It’s rated at 26 mpg, though during my test drive of mostly highway driving at 75 mph or better, it delivered a bit better than that. And it was pleasantly quiet inside at highway speeds, with good cabin isolation.

The seating positions are noticeably upright, which helps with interior packaging. There’s decent rear seat knee room and luggage space in the rear. The seats also have good lumbar support which is a real plus on long road trips.

The AWD Ultimate model I drove is priced at $46,500, but with options and destination charges it topped out at just over $50,000. In today’s price-crazy market that puts it just a touch above average.

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For 2023 the XC40 has some mild updates, notably getting the front bumper, leather-free interior option, and same color options as the XC40 Recharge, its fully electric twin. It also gets Google Play, Maps and Assistant that were previously only available on the electric version.

All in all it’s a pleasant vehicle to drive, highly maneuverable, quiet, responsive and comfortable.

–John McElroy

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