Volvo XC40

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.

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Editors' First Take

It's hard not to like the Volvo XC40. In a growing sea of me-too crossover-SUVs, it stands out with fetching design, fun driving dynamics, a comprehensive safety suite and an interior that feels an awful lot like Volvo's other, more expensive offerings. Sure, a starting price of around $34,000 means the XC40 also comes at a bit of a premium compared to its competition, but spend a little time in one and you'll never doubt where that money went.

But what about a version that costs a whopping $20,000 extra? That's what you'll pay to get into the XC40 Recharge. Volvo's new XC40-based EV is here, and it costs $54,985 after a $995 destination charge. 

Expensive? Yes, but I'm not mad about it. In fact, after just a few miles behind the wheel, I'm in love with this all-electric reinvention of Volvo's littlest 'ute. Yes, it's an asking price that budget-conscious shoppers may struggle to swallow, but the Recharge likewise manages to feel more than worth it. 

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