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2019 Volvo XC40 is a damn good compact luxury SUV

Most small fancy SUVs tend to feel like penalty boxes unless you spend north of $40,000. Not the Volvo XC40, though -- this one's great right out of the box.

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The XC40 packs a solid amount of standard equipment at an equally solid base price, and it's quite nice to drive.     

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You can even buy one like you would a Netflix account.    

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When it goes on sale in March, it will compete against other compact luxe-SUVs like the Audi Q3, Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class and BMW X1.

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At launch in early 2018, the XC40 will be offered with just one engine -- the T5, a 248-horsepower turbocharged I4, mated to standard all-wheel drive.

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A cheaper, 185-hp I4 will arrive later on with front-wheel drive.   

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Cars take a long time to develop, and despite the XC40 starting its life back in 2013, the design looks fresh.    

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One of the first things you'll notice is that the XC40 comes standard with leather seats -- not some mediocre vinyl, but actual leather.   

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It feels nicer than anything the competition offers at a starting price in the low $30,000 range, and it looks nicer, too.    

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The 9-inch Sensus Connect infotainment system is standard on all trims, and although navigation isn't standard, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are.    

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Keep on scrolling to check out even more pictures of what I hope will become one of the hottest SUVs in its segment.

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