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 Core models come with 18-inch alloy wheels, power-folding door mirrors, bright aluminum roof rails, a black grille with vertical slats and a chrome surround, black lower side-window trim, and LED headlights. Higher in the range, the XC40's cabin is flooded with natural light thanks to a laminated panoramic moonroof. The Plus and Ultimate trims can be had in a choice of Bright or Dark Theme for the exterior. The former has a grille with chromed vertical slats and a chrome surround, as well as metallic finishes for the lower front and rear valances, the lower side window trim, and the roof rails, while the latter has a black mesh grille and gets black-out treatment for all the mentioned exterior trim items.
The Ultimate has larger 19-inch alloy wheels and high-gloss black exterior trim. Volvo offers some 20-inch wheel options for the Plus and Ultimate for between $800 and $1,475, and we love how they look on the XC40. The XC40 Recharge gets 19-inch wheels, even on its Core trim level, along with a smooth body-color panel in place of a grille. On all XC40 Plus and Ultimate models, LED foglights with a cornering function are standard. The Recharge Plus optionally gets access to flashy five-spoke diamond-cut 20-inch wheels; these are standard on the Recharge Ultimate.
The XC40 slots into the subcompact luxury crossover segment with dimensions of 65 inches in height, 174.8 inches in length, and 80.1 inches in width including the mirrors - and 75.2 inches without. The wheelbase is 106.4 inches long. The Recharge shares identical dimensions but its electric components also make it far heavier. Whereas the gas-only FWD XC40s vary from 3,627 to 3,726 pounds in front-wheel-drive B4 guise and maxes out at 3,837 to 3,861 pounds in the all-wheel-drive B5 configurations, the AWD XC40 Recharge weighs between 4,679 and 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 6.7 to 6.9 inches while that of gas models vary from 8.1 to 8.3 inches.
|Volvo XC40 Trims||B4 Core||B5 Core||B4 Plus Bright Theme||B4 Plus Dark Theme||B5 Plus Dark Theme||B5 Plus Bright Theme||B4 Ultimate Bright Theme||B4 Ultimate Dark Theme||B5 Ultimate Dark Theme||B5 Ultimate Bright Theme||Pure Electric Core P8||Pure Electric Plus P8||Pure Electric Ultimate P8|
|Max Width||75.2 in.||75.2 in.||75.2 in.||75.2 in.||75.2 in.||75.2 in.||75.2 in.||75.2 in.||75.2 in.||75.2 in.||75.2 in.||75.2 in.||75.2 in.|
|Length||174.8 in.||174.8 in.||174.8 in.||174.8 in.||174.8 in.||174.8 in.||174.8 in.||174.8 in.||174.8 in.||174.8 in.||174.8 in.||174.8 in.||174.8 in.|
|Height||65.2 in.||65.2 in.||65.2 in.||65.2 in.||65.2 in.||65.2 in.||65.2 in.||65.2 in.||65.2 in.||65.2 in.||65.2 in.||65.2 in.||65.2 in.|
|Wheelbase||106.4 in.||106.4 in.||106.4 in.||106.4 in.||106.4 in.||106.4 in.||106.4 in.||106.4 in.||106.4 in.||106.4 in.||106.4 in.||106.4 in.||106.4 in.|
|Volvo XC40 Trims||Curb Weight|
|B4 Core||3,726 lbs.|
|B5 Core||3,861 lbs.|
|B4 Plus Bright Theme||3,810 lbs.|
|B4 Plus Dark Theme||3,810 lbs.|
|B5 Plus Dark Theme||3,945 lbs.|
|B5 Plus Bright Theme||3,944 lbs.|
|B4 Ultimate Bright Theme||3,832 lbs.|
|B4 Ultimate Dark Theme||3,832 lbs.|
|B5 Ultimate Dark Theme||3,967 lbs.|
|B5 Ultimate Bright Theme||3,966 lbs.|
|Pure Electric Core P8||4,679 lbs.|
|Pure Electric Plus P8||4,751 lbs.|
|Pure Electric Ultimate P8||4,780 lbs.|
|Wheels Type||Aluminum Wheels|
|Front Wheel Size||18" x 7.5"|
|Rear Wheel Size||18" x 7.5"|
All XC40s come in a selection of nine colors. Black Stone, Onyx Black, Fusion Red, Thunder Grey, and Crystal White are all carried over from last year. New colors this year are Fjord Blue, Silver Dawn, and Bright Dusk. Finally, it's also offered in Sage Green, which isn't a new color, but wasn't available on the Core trim last year. 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.
For the XC40 Recharge, the entry-level Core used to come in a limited color palette of three colors, but there are six this year: Black Stone, Thunder Grey, Fjord Blue, Silver Dawn, Crystal White, and Sage Green. The XC40 Recharge Plus and Ultimate trims offer a more varied selection with the addition of Sage Green and Onyx Black (both $695). Last year's Denim Blue, Pebble Grey, and Glacier Silver have been discontinued.
Base models come with 18-inch alloy wheels, but Ultimate models come with 19-inch wheels as standard. 20-inch wheels can be optioned to Plus and Ultimate models.
The aesthetics of the XC40 make it attractive in most colors, but we like how the lighter shades offset with the exterior trim.