What the critics say
The 2018 Volvo XC40
Car and Driver
“Do we have the appetite for yet another subcompact luxury crossover SUV?” Though Volvo’s entry is a seriously late arrival to the party, it deserves a big welcome, because it’s “way more fun” than most all the competition. “A little goofier” in its styling than any larger Volvo, the XC40 arrives in the U.S. with a 248-hp turbocharged engine—the same mill that powers its big brothers—plus driving dynamics that “make you want to hustle it.” All in all, “we were charmed.”
The interior was designed for the way people actually use their cars, and “it’s genius.” There are hooks for grocery bags, slots to hold cellphones, and extra storage hidden under the “already quite deep and spacious” trunk. Easily the best feature, though, is the removable garbage bin. “It’s so obvious, too: Why don’t more cars have little trash cans?”
The XC40 is also the first Volvo that can be yours with “as little as 10 minutes of phone fiddling.” Instead of purchasing the vehicle, you join a hassle-free subscription service called Care by Volvo. With your phone, you choose a model and its colors, and for a monthly fee of $600 or $700, you get the XC40 plus maintenance, insurance, and the freedom to swap the car in for a new one after 12 months. For “today’s harried Millennial,” that option could be a game changer.