AUSTIN, Texas — Volvo rides the success of its Premium Sedan and Sport Utility Vehicle lineup with a down-sized newcomer.
Industry attention was turned to the Swedish automaker at this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit where the 2018 Volvo XC60 was named North American Utility of the Year.
Today’s spotlight is focused on a new sibling in the Volvo family with the premiere of the compact 2019 Volvo XC40 SUV.
The 2019 Volvo XC40 slaps sassy design on Momentum and R-Design models with chiseled edges front to back, separating it from the sophisticated look of Volvo’s mid-size XC60 and larger XC90 SUV brethren.
A clamshell hood, angular front valance, flared rocker moldings and swaled rear end with curvaceous LED taillamps wrap XC40 in distinctive design to attract younger buyers to the brand.
Power is provided by a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged T5 engine that builds 248 horsepower coupled to an 8-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drivetrain.
The Volvo XC40 is fun to drive with a power-to-weight (3,820 lbs) ratio that catapults this feisty 4-door from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 6.2 seconds.
Steering is light and responsive to deliver a confident connection with the road.
Eco, Comfort, Dynamic, Off-Road and Individual drive modes customize XC40’s performance response to suit the driver’s operating need.
The five passenger cabin carries Volvo’s signature clean design with linear surfaces accented by aluminum trim. Leather seats come standard. Available orange carpet and door trim adds an unorthodox flair to XC40’s youthful theme.
Care by Volvo
Equally unconventional, Volvo XC40 offers an unusual approach to ownership with introduction of the subscription-based Care by Volvo.
The program provides buyers specially equipped 2019 XC40 Momentum or XC40 R-Design models for a $600 or $700 respective monthly payment that includes the price of the car, insurance by Liberty Mutual, 15,000 yearly mileage allowance and maintenance for 24 months.
Buyers also have the opportunity to upgrade to a new XC40 and refreshed 24 month term after the first year of Care by Volvo participation.
Care by Volvo is an all-inclusive, no haggle, hassle-free online buying experience that eliminates the headaches and decisions typically associated with buying a new car.
The 2019 Volvo XC40 Momentum is priced at $36,195 with freight, followed by XC40 R-Design at $38,695.