2022 Volvo XC40
2022 Volvo XC40
The Volvo XC40 is a small five-seat crossover SUV with fresh style and a perky personality, plus the allure of turbocharged or fully electric power.
Minor tweaks for 2022 include a new infotainment system for the electric XC40 Recharge plus the drive mode selector has been integrated into the screen rather than as a separate knob.
The XC40 comes in three basic flavors: front-wheel-drive T4 versions use a 187-horsepower turbo-4, all-wheel-drive models called XC40 T5 swap in a beefier turbo-4 rated at 248 hp, and XC40 Recharge models go full-tilt with instant electric power and an output of 402 hp.
The EPA rates front-drive XC40 T4 crossovers at 23 mpg city, 32 highway, 26 combined. With more power and added all-wheel drive, the XC40 slips to 22/30/25 mpg. The XC40 Recharge offers up 223 miles of range on a full charge, or 85 MPGe.
The NHTSA scores the XC40 lineup at five stars overall, while the IIHS granted it a Top Safety Pick+ award. Every XC40 comes with standard blind-spot monitors with steering assist, active lane control, automatic high-beam LED headlights, and automatic emergency braking. The Recharge version also adds a surround-view camera system. Adaptive cruise control with limited hands-off driving is optional.
Volvo builds gas-fueled XC40s in three trim levels: Momentum, Inscription, and R-Design.
XC40 Momentum models start at $36,195 with a 9.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, leather upholstery, aluminum interior trim, and 18-inch alloy wheels.
The Inscription version costs $5,000 more and adds a panoramic sunroof, parking sensors, and wood trim, plus a digital instrument cluster and dual-zone automatic climate control.
Volvo pitches the XC40 R-Design as a sportier choice with its 19-inch wheels and blacked-out trim. It costs $41,445 to start.
On all, all-wheel drive adds $2,000 more, but includes additional underhood muscle.
Optional features vary by trim level, but can include Harman/Kardon audio, a wireless charging pad, and the automaker’s Pilot Assist system that includes adaptive cruise control and allows for limited hands-off driving.
The XC40 Recharge costs about $55,000 in a single, highly-equipped trim level.
The XC40 shares basic themes with the rest of the Volvo lineup, but it charts a more playful course. Its hammer-shaped LED headlights, an upturned rear roofline, and golf club-shaped taillights are trendy, fashionable touches.
Inscription versions have more exterior brightwork, while the R-Design goes for a blacked-out aesthetic.
Various wheel options range from 18 to 21 inches in diameter.
Inside, these small SUVs boast remarkable space and a clean, almost soothing look – especially in lighter hues.
The dash features a vertical 9.0-inch touchscreen and limited buttons or knobs. Aluminum or wood trim options either lend a sporty flair or an upscale appearance.
The sculpted front seats come standard with power adjustment and are draped in leather. Rear-seat passengers will find good leg and head room, plus space for a third passenger in a pinch. The XC40 tops out at 47 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seatback down. Fold it upright and Volvo quotes just under 21 cubic feet of space.
XC40 T4 and T5 models use variations of the same turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine teamed with an 8-speed automatic transmission. With front-wheel drive, the relatively modest 187-hp rating delivers good enough power to hit 60 mph in 8.1 seconds. All-wheel-drive models may weigh a bit more, but Volvo compensates with a big boost in power – to 248 hp. Those versions scoot to 60 mph in two fewer seconds, and they feel faster in any driving situation.
The XC40 Recharge may share its shape and name with gas versions, but its driving experience is totally unique thanks to the instant-on, near-silent power delivery. It’s very quick – figure less than five seconds to 60 mph – and it scoots forward without a hint of lag.
Volvo tailored the XC40’s ride to be firm, and it can be a little too stiff with the largest wheel options. R-Design models have a slightly stiffer suspension that results in too many motions underneath, at least to our taste. Try on various different XC40s to see what suits your personality.
Precise, hefty steering and limited lean in corners makes these crossovers fun to toss down a winding road, too. Recharge models are heavier, but they put that extra weight down low thanks to the positioning of their battery packs. That helps their center of gravity, making them even more fun to drive.
Dripping with personality, the Volvo XC40 is the antidote to anodyne compact luxury SUVs. Its fun style outside is paired with impressive practicality, and price tags that can stay reasonable with optional extras. The all-electric XC40 Recharge is an appealing choice against EV rivals, too.
—by Andrew Ganz, with driving impressions from The Car Connection