The 2019 Volvo XC40 is the brand’s newest SUV and its smallest. More than 10 inches shorter than the XC60, the new XC40 is designed to be just as useful in an urban landscape as it is in the great outdoors. It joins the rapidly expanding compact premium SUV segment, which Volvo says will swell to 170,000 sales this year and where competitors include the Acura RDX, Audi Q3, BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA, Infiniti QX30, and Land Rover Evoque, with more on the way.
Volvo expects the XC40's smaller size to appeal to pre-family first- or second-car buyers, as well as older buyers looking to downsize. It’s the first Volvo built on the company's new compact modular architecture and is engineered with hybrid and electric-propulsion applications in mind. At launch this spring, the XC40 will be available in T5 AWD Momentum ($35,200) and T5 AWD R-Design ($37,700) trims. This summer the base T4 FWD Momentum ($33,200) and T4 FWD R-Design ($35,700) will go on sale. Later in the year, the range-topping T4 FWD and T5 AWD Inscription models will debut. All carry a $995 destination charge.