Ride Review: 2019 Volvo XC40

2019 Volvo XC40 T5 AWD R Design
2019 Volvo XC40 T5 AWD R Design

2019 Volvo XC40 T5 AWD R Design

Volvo has finally made a “fun sized” vehicle right for urban living.

The 2019 XC40 is an all-new crossover/SUV for the Swedish brand. At 174.2 inches long, the newest Volvo is short enough for street parking or tighter spaces in ramps, but stylish enough for the valet line at your favorite restaurant.

Knowing how much GLBT people love Volvo, we figured we add some expert opinions from our own community to tell this small crossover/SUV’s story. You have probably seen Kline Volvo’s ad featuring salespeople Jordan Lundmark, Jonas Nilsson, and Nathan Tufvesson in our Pride Edition. We had the chance to talk to these GLBT Volvo experts to find out whether the 2019 XC40 is the right vehicle for our community.

(L-R) Nathan Tufvesson, Jonas Nilsson, and Jordan Lundmark of Kline Volvo, Maplewood, MN

“When [the XC40] stacked up against the competition from Mercedes, Audi, and BMW,” said Lundmark, “It certainly shines much better than those in terms of safety especially also technology.” Nilsson adds, “[The XC40] was a totally new model and it presented them with unique opportunity to recreate what a small SUV should be and who it is for. It tends to be for a specific kind of buyer and a little bit it was to some degree aimed at a younger audience and when they did that they considered that. So, they considered things like wireless smartphone charging and stuff like that. They kind of took their own Volvo view of things, and it’s when you’re buying a smaller car you’re not losing features.”

And, who would buy an XC40? Tufvesson observed, “What I’m finding is a lot of these customers are new to Volvo. We, of course, have our current customers that love and adore our cars the way they sit now, but time and time again I’ve never thought about a Volvo before. What is this new Volvo? I think from there we do see millennials. We do see an older age group that has gone from their 850 to their 70 to an XC60, now circling back to an XC40.”

“There has been a heavier presence of city dwellers, if you will, because they do like the size,” adds Lundmark. “They like that they can get a car that’s footprint is overall fairly small but still can have amenities like higher ground clearance, all-wheel drive and again back to safety and technology that before was limited to a much more expensive or a much larger car that it does make for an opportune vehicle for something that does live in a tighter area of the city to still get everything they want in a Minnesota rated car.”

One note about the XC40 that makes it unique is that you can subscribe to one. Care by Volvo is a program that enables an XC40 user to have the vehicle for a two-year period paying a flat monthly fee that includes insurance and maintenance. There is a limit of 15,000 miles per year under this program. Care by Volvo XC40s are pre-specified and are available in two trims only. You can do an upgrade to another Volvo after 12 months.

So, what do we think of the 2019 Volvo XC40? We love it! The package itself is great for every place—from the North Loop to Oakdale to Crookston. The small size and high ground clearance are great for traffic, parking, and for everything you can put it through. The look is spot on, with familiar Volvo features, great vision front and rear, and wide opening doors.

The liftgate also opens wide to accommodate plenty of items in the cargo hold. The floor can also be positioned as a divider, protecting groceries from the rest of the rear space. The rear fold down to make more room for flat-packed furniture and big-ticket purchases.

We love the room inside, which is great for four people—five in a pinch. The driver gets a customizable instrumentation screen, along with the tablet-like Sensus infotainment system. Climate control, Adaptive Cruise, along with the semi-autonomous Pilot Assist, are part of the XC40s package.

Our R Design tester is the sportier of the three models available in the XC40. A black roof contrasts with the body color for all R Design models and you can get one with a Lava (orange) carpeting and trim inside with its own distinctive trim all around. This includes the very short gear lever, wrapped in black leather and white stitching. XC40s are also available in Momentum and Inscription trim levels, too.

The XC40 comes with a choice of two engines at this moment. The T4 and the T5 are the same turbocharged four-cylinder engine, but with different levels of power. Our tester had the T5 engine with all-wheel drive and an 8-speed automatic transmission. In fact, if you want all-wheel-drive, you must get it with the 248-horsepower T5 engine. We love the power the T5 engine provides for the small SUV/crossover on both in town and on the highway. We turned an average of 24.4 MPG in our care.

You can get a new XC40 starting from $33,200 for the T4 Momentum model. Our T5 R Design AWD tester came to $45,830. If you do the Care by Volvo subscription service, your inclusive monthly payment starts from $650.

The question remains is whether the 2019 Volvo XC40 is the right vehicle for you—rather, for us in the GLBT community. Tufvesson responded by saying, “We look at other car brands. You can definitely see where things like status, appearance, things like that come into play where these customers are making decisions about the cars from all walks of community. What Volvo really represents is that humanitarian base. That’s really about people for people and with that comes the inclusion of our [GLBT] community. And Volvo does a really great job, I think of really making everyone feel welcome.”

Nilsson concludes, “There isn’t something that makes this one much different in [a] sense that I feel like if you’re a [GLBT] person you could buy any car depending on what your lifestyle is like. I mean, you could buy any car, but I’d like to think it’s the company itself, Volvo, on the whole.”

This is exactly why we love Volvos so much! Take it from the experts, the 2019 XC40 is a great choice for us.

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