Volvo’s XC40 is one of the newest extra-small luxury SUVs on the market. It continues Volvo’s tradition of including a generous amount of standard safety technology. What’s more, the XC40’s small size and entry-level luxury pricing don’t mean it’s lacking for luxury. Volvo has equipped its little SUV with a large touchscreen infotainment screen, standard leather upholstery and an optional powerful 248-horsepower engine that’s paired to all-wheel drive.
Later in the model year Volvo plans to introduce an all-new XC40 Recharge. It’s an all-electric version of the XC40. It’ll come with dual electric motors that give the Recharge all-wheel drive plus an eye-popping 402 hp. It should have more than 200 miles of range and just as much utility as the regular XC40.
There are a few downsides to the XC40. The infotainment system takes a lot of work to figure out, for instance, and we continue to be frustrated (even if only mildly) by its unnecessary two-step gear selection process. You can read more of our evaluation in our Expert Rating. Other highly regarded rivals to the XC40 include the Audi Q3, the BMW X1 and the Mercedes-Benz GLA.