The Volvo XC40 comes in three different trims for its launch this year. Each is powered by a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine displacing 2.0L, powering all four wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission. With 248 horsepower on tap, the compact SUV is quite quick in a straight line, though it should still return over 30 mpg on the highway. For later in the year, a front-wheel drive version with a less powerful engine is expected to be added to the lineup at a slightly lower price point. The most basic XC40 trim is dubbed the Momentum trim. Since the Volvo XC40 is still a bit of a luxury vehicle, basic amenities are pretty nice and include items such as a 12.3-inch display, a power operated liftgate, smartphone integration, a park assist camera, LED headlights, SiriusXM satellite radio, a powered driver's seat with a memory function, 18-inch wheels and tinted windows. The next step up is the R-Design model. The R-Design comes with a slightly more aggressive exterior as well as an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a navigation system, keyless entry with a hands free tailgate, 19-inch wheels, fog lights, a unique grille and various R-Design bits throughout the interior. XC40 subscribers can subscribe to the R-Design model for an additional $100. The top-of-the-line model for 2019 is the Inscription model. The Inscription has a luxuriously appointed interior which includes details such as driftwood Deco trim and a crystal gear knob. The Inscription model also comes standard with a panoramic roof, nicer seats and a leather clad interior.
With attractive Scandinavian design, a luxurious interior, solid driving dynamics and lots of nice tech features, the Volvo XC40 is one of my favorite compact SUVs. But the XC40 has always been let down by its turbocharged powertrains and annoying infotainment system. Luckily, Volvo is on the fast track to , and the new XC40 Recharge fixes all of the regular XC40's issues with almost no downsides.
A blocked-off grille, lack of exhaust tips and a couple new wheel designs are the only things that visually differentiate the Recharge from a regular XC40. That's fine by me; the XC40 is by far the best looking crossover in its class, especially in the Recharge-exclusive Sage Green. The only no-cost color option is black, with metallic paints like my car's Thunder Grey costing $695. Under the hood is a frunk that has a plastic cover, but it's pretty tiny and can really only fit a small backpack or the car's charging cables.
The Recharge has the same all-black interior as the regular XC40's R-Design trim, save for the lack of a start button -- just get in the car with the key on you and it automatically turns on, then put the gear selector in drive and you're off. The upholstery is a nice mix of real nappa leather and suede with white stitching and piping, and Volvo's seats continue to be some of the best in the business. I wish the Recharge at least got unique trim pieces or a different available color scheme, like the cool backlit trim andof the C40 Recharge. And sadly, Volvo got rid of the 2021 model's available Lava Orange carpets.
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