Although it's been around for a few years now, the XC40 remains one of the more attractive crossovers in this segment. It's got a more youthful personality than larger Volvos, but it retains that sense of Swedish sophistication and restraint. The base model comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, power-folding door mirrors, bright aluminum roof rails, and LED headlights. Higher in the range, the XC40's cabin is flooded with natural light thanks to a laminated panoramic moonroof. The sporty R-Design has larger 19-inch alloy wheels and high-gloss black exterior trim. Volvo offers some pricey 21-inch wheels for $3,315, and although we love how they look on the XC40, that is a steep price to pay.
The XC40 Recharge gets 19-inch wheels, even from its base trim level, along with an embossed Recharge logo on the C-pillar. On the XC40 Recharge Plus and Ultimate models, LED fog lights with a cornering function are standard, while the latter trim gets flashy 20-inch wheels.
The XC40 slots into the subcompact luxury crossover segment with dimensions of 65.3 inches in height, 174.2 inches in length, and 80.1 inches in width including the mirrors. The wheelbase is 106.4 inches long. The Recharge shares nearly identical dimensions but is not as tall at 64.8 inches. Its electric components also make it far heavier. Whereas the gas-only XC40 starts at 3,627 pounds in front-wheel-drive guise, the XC40 Recharge weighs as much as 4,741 lbs.
Although it doesn't have the ground clearance of a Land Rover, the XC40 was never intended to be a serious off-road vehicle - Recharge models get 6.9 inches while gas models have 8.3 inches.
|Volvo XC40 Trims||T4 Momentum||T5 Momentum||T4 R-Design||T4 Inscription||T5 R-Design||T5 Inscription|
|Max Width||73.7 in.||73.7 in.||73.7 in.||73.7 in.||73.7 in.||73.7 in.|
|Length||174.2 in.||174.2 in.||174.2 in.||174.2 in.||174.2 in.||174.2 in.|
|Height||65.3 in.||65.3 in.||65.3 in.||65.3 in.||65.3 in.||65.3 in.|
|Wheelbase||106.4 in.||106.4 in.||106.4 in.||106.4 in.||106.4 in.||106.4 in.|
|Volvo XC40 Trims||Curb Weight|
|T4 Momentum||3,627 lbs.|
|T5 Momentum||3,753 lbs.|
|T4 R-Design||3,714 lbs.|
|T4 Inscription||3,820 lbs.|
|T5 R-Design||3,840 lbs.|
|T5 Inscription||3,837 lbs.|
|Wheels Type||Aluminum Wheels|
|Front Wheel Size||18" x 7.5"|
|Rear Wheel Size||18" x 7.5"|
The base XC40 comes in a selection of eight colors, those being Black Stone, Onyx Black, Denim Blue, Fusion Red, Pebble Grey, Thunder Grey, Glacier Silver, and Crystal White. Only Black Stone won't cost anything, whereas every other color is $695 extra. It's a reserved color palette but this suits the classy Volvo. In R-Design guise finished in one of the blacks or greys, it's a pleasingly stealthy SUV.
For the XC40 Recharge, the entry-level Core only comes in a limited color palette of Black Stone, Glacier Silver, and Crystal White. For some reason, automakers believe all EV owners are chasing maximum discretion, so there are no remotely adventurous colors to be found here. The XC40 Recharge Plus and Ultimate trims at least offer a more interesting selection with the addition of Sage Green ($695).