The Volvo XC40 is Volvo’s small premium SUV and the first ever Volvo model to win the prestigious European Car of the Year award. Together with the larger XC60 and XC90, it completes Volvo’s global line-up of premium SUVs. The XC40 is based on the Compact Modular Architecture (CMA), an advanced vehicle platform that was co-developed within the Geely Group. CMA provides Volvo with the necessary economies of scale for this segment.
Design-wise, the XC40 is more of a cousin than a sibling to the larger 90 and 60 Series cars, with its own personality, expression and character. The XC40 is defined by a strong graphical design, a real feeling of strength and quality and a more playful nature in terms of colours and materials.
In the cabin, an innovative approach to all-round functionality provides drivers with plenty of storage space. The XC40 offers several large and smartly designed storage compartments in the doors, under the seats and in the trunk. Other highlights include a removable bin in the mid console, a small fold-away hook as part of the glove compartment and special slots for credit and service cards. The car’s interior design was upgraded for the 2022 model year with new leather-free tailored steering wheels among other details.
Connectivity and infotainment
All new Volvos are connected, thanks to Volvo’s connectivity and infotainment system. It delivers an intuitive touch screen interface that combines car functions, navigation, connected services and in-car entertainment applications such as Spotify, Pandora, Baidu or TuneIn. The portrait-oriented touch screen enables easy and fast access to a host of functions and features. Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is also available.
The XC40 is powered by Volvo’s Drive-E petrol engines, mated to an 8-speed automatic or a 6-speed manual transmission. The XC40 is the first Volvo model to use the company’s new three-cylinder engine, the first in the company’s 91-year history and based on the same modular design as its four-cylinder engines.
XC40 customers can also pick a T5 Recharge petrol-plug-in hybrid that that delivers as much as 262hp. The XC40 is also available with a range of 48 volt mild hybrid petrol options.
More details around the powertrain offer can be found in the Technical Specifications.
Safety and driver assistance
The XC40 brings a new standard of safety to the small SUV premium segment, as the car takes on board the award-winning safety technologies known from Volvo’s 90 and 60 Series cars.
Safety and driver assistance features offered on the XC40 include Volvo’s Pilot Assist system, the latest generation of City Safety, Run-off Road protection and mitigation, Cross Traffic alert with auto brake and the 360° Camera that helps drivers manoeuvre their car into tight parking spaces. These and other technologies make the XC40 one of the best-equipped small premium SUVs.
Volvo’s City Safety technology, standard on all Volvo models, combines automatic braking functionality and collision avoidance systems to cover a range of potential accident scenarios and help keep you safe. City Safety is the only system on the market that detects pedestrians, cyclists and large animals such as moose and deer.