Review and Test Drive: 2019 Volvo XC40 T5 AWD Momentum

By Jonathan Spira on 25 October 2018
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The Volvo XC40 was first unveiled in September 2017 and was fast tracked into production by November 2017. Most notably, the XC40 is the first in the Swedish automaker’s 40 Series of vehicles and is the first to be built on the new CMA modular small car platform.

Unusual for a Volvo, the XC40 has rather funky styling that puts its personality on display as opposed to the Scandinavian minimalist look most Volvos carry. As Lou Grant may have said, the car has spunk.

Our Amazon Blue with an Ice White roof XC40 arrived on a warm fall day. The funky color and styling fooled some staffers, who couldn’t decide what type of vehicle it was from the windows of our offices.



Volvo offers the XC40 by subscription under a program it calls Care by Volvo. The 24-month program includes an XC40 Momentum for $600 per month or an XC40 R-Design for $700 per month. The subscription includes 15,000 miles per year, insurance, maintenance, and road-hazard protection. After one year, the subscriber can request a brand new XC40 without a change in payment.


Open the door and, at first glance, the XC40 is virtually indistinguishable from its more upscale cousins. The Swedish cool interior is replete with high-end details and small touches that set it apart from the rest of the pack. Inside, with a panoramic roof with a perforated textile sunshade, it’s light and airy, as well as spacious: no one would believe it really was a subcompact-class vehicle.

The charcoal leather seats are firm and supportive, just as one would expect from Volvo. Instead of wood inlays, good looking and high quality textured metallic trim stand out. No details were too small to escape the Volvo designer’s attention: the rectilinear air vents featured floating chrome adjuster knobs.

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