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Volvo XC40 Crossover (2018)

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Keywords: awdcrossoverdohcelectric-vehiclefwdhybridmacpherson-strutmanual-transmissionmild-hybridphevsubcompactturbochargedvolvo

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Product Overview

Volvo XC40 is a subcompact crossover in production from 2018. It is powered by inline-3 and inline-4 ICE engines of 1.5L and 2.0L or electric motors from 129hp to 250hp aided by batteries from 11kWh to 78kWh.
Essentially a taller C40 hatchback, the XC40 is rather ugly but is much approachable.
Drivers who appreciate handling should keep in mind that the Volvo XC40 uses MacPherson front suspension, which doesn't provide the best cornering performance.

Ratings

What we found**

Neofiliac score 32% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Up to 414km electric range
  • Low fuel consumption
Cons
  • Only available with small engines
  • Stuck with MacPherson struts in the front

What external reviewers found***

External score 66% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Good range
  • Good value for money
  • Excellent infotainment system
  • Decent on-road composure
Cons
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Lack of lateral support
  • Lack of safety features
  • Lacklustre ride and handling
  • Lacklustre diesel engine
  • Lacks a conventional radiator grille
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Specifications

T4 RechargeT5 RechargeT2 MTT2T3 MTT3 Euro6d MTT3D3 MTD3D3 AWD MTD3 AWDD4 AWDT4T4 AWDT5 AWDRecharge Pure Electric Single MotorRecharge Pure Electric AWD Twin Motor

Capacity

Cargo Capacity405 L / 14.3 cu-ft ~ 1281 L / 45.2 cu-ft460 L / 16.2 cu-ft ~ 1336 L / 47.2 cu-ft460 L / 16.2 cu-ft460 L / 16.2 cu-ft460 L / 16.2 cu-ft419 L / 14.8 cu-ft ~ 1295 L / 45.7 cu-ft
Engine Oil Capacity5.6 L / 5.9 qt5.6 L / 5.9 qt5.2 L / 5.5 qt5.2 L / 5.5 qt5.2 L / 5.5 qt5.6 L / 5.9 qt
Fuel Capacity54.0 L / 14.3 gal54.0 L / 14.3 gal54.0 L / 14.3 gal54.0 L / 14.3 gal
Payload490 kg / 1080 lbs490 kg / 1080 lbs479 kg / 1056 lbs489 kg / 1078 lbs522 kg / 1151 lbs

Chassis

Brakes | FrontDisc, 296-345 mmVentilated discsVentilated discsVentilated discsVentilated discsVentilated discs, 296x25-345x30 mm
Brakes | RearDisc, 302-340 mmDiscDiscDiscDisc, 280x12-340x20 mm
Offroad | Approach Angle21.7 deg21.7 deg21.7 deg21.7 deg21.7 deg
Offroad | Breakover Angle21.9 deg21.9 deg21.9 deg21.9 deg
Offroad | Departure Angle30.4 deg30.4 deg30.4 deg30.4 deg30.4 deg30.4 deg26.6 deg
Suspension | FrontMacPherson strut
Suspension | RearIndependent, spring, Transverse stabilizerIndependent, springIndependent, spring, Transverse stabilizerIndependent, springIndependent, springIndependent, springIndependent, springMulti-link
Tire Size235/55 R18, 235/50 R19, 235/45 R20, 245/40 R21235/55 R18, 235/50 R19, 235/45 R20, 245/40 R21235/55 R18, 235/50 R19, 235/45 R20, 245/40 R21235/55 R18, 235/50 R19, 235/45 R20, 245/40 R21235/55 R18, 235/50 R19, 235/45 R20, 245/40 R21Front wheel tires: 235/50 R19, 235/45 R20 Rear wheel tires: 255/45 R19, 255/40 R20
Turning Circle11.8 m / 38.7 ft11.4 m / 37.4 ft11.4 m / 37.4 ft11.4 m / 37.4 ft11.4 m / 37.4 ft11.4 m / 37.4 ft
Water Fording450 mm / 17.7 in

Construction

Battery | Capacity10.7 kWh (gross) | 8.5 kWh (net)10.7 kWh (gross) | 8.5 kWh (net)10.7 kWh (gross) | 8.5 kWh (net)10.7 kWh (gross) | 8.5 kWh (net)10.7 kWh (gross) | 8.5 kWh (net)10.7 kWh (gross) | 8.5 kWh (net)69.0 kWh (gross) | 67.0 kWh (net)78.0 kWh (gross) | 75.0 kWh (net)
Body Style5-door plug-in hybrid SUV5-door SUV5-door SUV5-door SUV5-door SUV5-door SUV5-door battery-electric SUV

Dimensions

Ground Clearance211 mm / 8.3 in211 mm / 8.3 in211 mm / 8.3 in211 mm / 8.3 in211 mm / 8.3 in171 mm / 6.7 in
Size | Height1652 mm / 65.0 in1652 mm / 65.0 in1652 mm / 65.0 in1652 mm / 65.0 in1652 mm / 65.0 in1647 mm / 64.8 in
Size | Width1863 mm / 73.3 in | 2034 mm / 80.1 in (mirror unfolded) | 1910 mm / 75.2 in (mirror folded)1863 mm / 73.3 in | 2034 mm / 80.1 in (mirror unfolded)1863 mm / 73.3 in | 2034 mm / 80.1 in (mirror unfolded) | 1910 mm / 75.2 in (mirror folded)1863 mm / 73.3 in | 2034 mm / 80.1 in (mirror unfolded)1863 mm / 73.3 in | 2034 mm / 80.1 in (mirror unfolded)1863 mm / 73.3 in | 2034 mm / 80.1 in (mirror unfolded)1863 mm / 73.3 in | 2034 mm / 80.1 in (mirror unfolded)1863 mm / 73.3 in | 2034 mm / 80.1 in (mirror unfolded)1863 mm / 73.3 in | 2034 mm / 80.1 in (mirror unfolded) | 1910 mm / 75.2 in (mirror folded)1863 mm / 73.3 in | 2034 mm / 80.1 in (mirror unfolded) | 1910 mm / 75.2 in (mirror folded)1863 mm / 73.3 in | 2034 mm / 80.1 in (mirror unfolded) | 1910 mm / 75.2 in (mirror folded)
Track Width | Rear1626.0 mm / 64.0 in1626.0 mm / 64.0 in1626.0 mm / 64.0 in1626.0 mm / 64.0 in1610.0 mm / 63.4 in
Weight1570.0 kg / 3461.3 lbs1570.0 kg / 3461.3 lbs1570.0 kg / 3461.3 lbs1570.0 kg / 3461.3 lbs1641.0 kg / 3617.8 lbs1728.0 kg / 3809.6 lbs1647.0 kg / 3631.0 lbs1680.0 kg / 3703.8 lbs
Wheel Size7.5J x 18, 7.5J x 19, 8J x 20, 8J x 2116 in, 17 in, 18 in16 in, 17 in, 18 in16 in, 17 in, 18 in

Performance

Acceleration | 0 - 100 km/h8.5 sec7.3 sec9.6 sec10.2 sec7.9 sec8.4 sec6.5 sec7.4 sec
Acceleration | 0 - 60 mph10.4 sec9.1 sec9.4 sec9.7 sec9.9 sec6.2 sec7.0 sec
CO2 Emission41 ~ 45 g/km142 ~ 146 g/km147 ~ 151 g/km142 ~ 146 g/km125 g/km129 g/km133 g/km161 g/km
Coefficient Of Drag0.340.34 ~ 0.370.34 ~ 0.370.34 ~ 0.370.34 ~ 0.370.34 ~ 0.370.34 ~ 0.370.34 ~ 0.370.34 ~ 0.370.34 ~ 0.37
Electric Range47.0 km / 29.2 mi47.0 km / 29.2 mi47.0 km / 29.2 mi47.0 km / 29.2 mi47.0 km / 29.2 mi47.0 km / 29.2 mi47.0 km / 29.2 mi47.0 km / 29.2 mi
Fuel Economy6.5 L/100km / 36.2 MPG (combined)6.3 L/100km / 37.3 MPG (combined)6.5 L/100km / 36.2 MPG (combined)5.0 L/100km / 47.0 MPG (combined) | 5.6 L/100km / 42.0 MPG (urban) | 4.6 L/100km / 51.1 MPG (highway)5.4 L/100km / 43.6 MPG (combined) | 6.2 L/100km / 37.9 MPG (urban) | 5.0 L/100km / 47.0 MPG (highway)6.9 L/100km / 34.1 MPG (combined) | 8.8 L/100km / 26.7 MPG (urban) | 5.8 L/100km / 40.6 MPG (highway)7.2 L/100km / 32.7 MPG (combined)
Top Speed180.0 km/h / 111.8 mph, 125.0 km/h / 77.7 mph (EV mode)180.0 km/h / 111.8 mph180.0 km/h / 111.8 mph200.0 km/h / 124.3 mph210.0 km/h / 130.5 mph210.0 km/h / 130.5 mph230.0 km/h / 142.9 mph160.0 km/h / 99.4 mph180.0 km/h / 111.8 mph
Towing Capacity750 kg / 1653 lbs (w/o brakes) | 1800 kg / 3968 lbs (w/ brakes @ 12% gradient)1600 kg / 3527 lbs (w/ brakes @ 12% gradient)750 kg / 1653 lbs (w/o brakes) | 1600 kg / 3527 lbs (w/ brakes @ 12% gradient)750 kg / 1653 lbs (w/o brakes) | 1600 kg / 3527 lbs (w/ brakes @ 12% gradient)1800 kg / 3968 lbs (w/ brakes @ 12% gradient)1800 kg / 3968 lbs (w/ brakes @ 12% gradient)2000 kg / 4409 lbs (w/ brakes @ 12% gradient)2000 kg / 4409 lbs (w/ brakes @ 12% gradient)750 kg / 1653 lbs (w/o brakes) | 1800 kg / 3968 lbs (w/ brakes @ 12% gradient)

Powertrain

Drivetrain LayoutFront-engine (transverse), Front-wheel driveFront-engine (transverse), Front-wheel driveFront-engine (transverse), Front-wheel driveFront-engine (transverse), Front-wheel driveFront-engine (transverse), All-wheel driveFront-engine (transverse), All-wheel driveFront-engine (transverse), Front-wheel driveRear-engine (transverse), All-wheel drive
Emission StandardEuro 6dEuro 6Euro 6Euro 6Euro 6dEuro 6d
Engine
Engine | Compression Ratio10.5:110.5:110.5:115.8:110.8:1
Engine | Displacement1.5 L / 90.1 cu-in / 1477.0 cc2.0 L / 120.2 cu-in / 1969.0 cc2.0 L / 120.2 cu-in / 1969.0 cc
Engine | Power129.0 hp / 96.2 kW @ 5000 rpm163.0 hp / 121.5 kW @ 5500 rpm150.0 hp / 111.9 kW @ 3750 rpm190.0 hp / 141.7 kW @ 4700 rpm190.0 hp / 141.7 kW @ 4700 rpm247.0 hp / 184.2 kW @ 5500 rpm
Engine | Redline6000 rpm6000 rpm
Engine | Specific Output87.3 hp/L / 1.4 hp/cu-in87.3 hp/L / 1.4 hp/cu-in110.4 hp/L / 1.8 hp/cu-in110.4 hp/L / 1.8 hp/cu-in76.2 hp/L / 1.2 hp/cu-in96.5 hp/L / 1.6 hp/cu-in96.5 hp/L / 1.6 hp/cu-in
Engine | Torque265 Nm / 195.5 lb-ft @ 1500-3000 rpm + 160 Nm / 118.0 lb-ft245 Nm / 180.7 lb-ft @ 1620-3000 rpm265 Nm / 195.5 lb-ft @ 1850-3850 rpm350 Nm / 258.1 lb-ft @ 1800-4800 rpm
Engine | TypeTurbocharged direct-injected petrol inline-3 engine with 4 values per cylinderTurbocharged direct-injected petrol inline-3 DOHC engine with 4 values per cylinderTurbocharged commonrail diesel inline-4 engine with 4 values per cylinderTurbocharged commonrail diesel inline-4 engine with 4 values per cylinder
Transmission | Gears6-speed8-speed8-speed8-speed8-speed1-speed
Transmission | TypeDouble clutch transmission (DCT)ManualAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic

Production

Availability20192018 ~ 2019201820182018 ~ 20202020

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

autocar[1]

Reviewer score 70%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following***:
The Recharge line is only offered with Volvo’s higher-end trim levels. Inscription means our XC40 T5 gets 19in alloy wheels, leather upholstery, wooden dashboard trim and a 12.3in infotainment touchscreen. Plenty of options have been added, including a 360deg camera, a panoramic glass roof, a powered tailgate, heated seats, wireless phone charging and tinted rear windows.
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Pros
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Sleek looks
Cons
  • Pricier than the petrol-powered T4
  • No automatic gear selector

autocar[2]

Reviewer score 66%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following***:
The XC40 plays the rich, relaxing, lavishly equipped and nicely cocooning modern Volvo very well. It has a likeable, pragmatic, unaffected character that’s at once refreshing among its rivals. Anyone interested in a compact, premium-branded SUV primarily because they want a modern luxury car will find what they’re after in the Xc40.
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Pros
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Decent infotainment system
  • Good standard equipment
Cons
  • A bit under-damped at times

autocar[3]

Reviewer score 54%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following***:
Both cars are good for 402bhp and 487lb ft, and the Polestar can hit 62mph from rest in 4.7sec. Both have impressively spacious cabins, with more than enough room for four adults to travel in comfort. Cheaper, lower-powered versions of the electric XC40 will arrive in due course, but the car we tested has a list price of £60,005.
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Pros
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Comfortable ride
  • Good range
Cons
  • Pricier than the XC40 P8
  • Lack of lateral support

autocar[4]

Reviewer score 63%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following***:
The Recharge is based on the familiar form of the XC40 crossover. It shares its core mechanical layout with the Polestar 2. As launched in all-wheel-drive P8 form, it uses a pair of 201bhp electric motors. Power is drawn from a 78kWh battery pack that can give up to 260 miles of range under the WLTP protocol and is mounted under the floor.
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Pros
  • Powerful electric powertrain
  • Easy to drive
  • Decent infotainment system
Cons
  • Lacks a conventional radiator grille
  • Fiddly map app

autocar[5]

Reviewer score 69%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following***:
The XC40 PHEV is due to reach the UK shortly, but we were given a short early introduction at Volvo’s Gothenburg base in Sweden. The three-cylinder engine produces 178bhp, with the electric motor adding 80bhp. Electric unit draws power from a 10.7kWh lithium ion battery, which is located in the central drivetrain tunnel of the car, and allows for a claimed 31 miles of electric-only running.
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Pros
  • Effortless electric-only running in Pure mode
  • Powerful three-cylinder engine
Cons
  • No all-wheel drive option

autocar[6]

Reviewer score 61%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following***:
The XC40 PHEV is a 1.75-tonne SUV that can run on electricity alone for short distances. Its WLTP-certified CO2 rating drops as low as 47g/km, equating to a massive benefit-in-kind tax saving. It looks as great as it always has, with the only real change to its suitably swish exterior being the addition of a charging port over the front wheel arch.
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Pros
  • Powerful petrol engine
  • Comfortable to drive
Cons
  • Pricier than alternatives
  • Alternatives are more fun to drive

autocar[7]

Reviewer score 49%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following***:
It takes a dip of your toe and a rev of that three-cylinder motor to audibly discern its cylinder count. The car’s performance feels more than adequate around town and until you hit fifth gear. Body control, although adequate at town speeds, comes up notably short on the motorway and out of town.
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Pros
  • Powerful turbocharged petrol engine
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Good standard equipment
Cons
  • Ridiculously short on the motorway and out of town
  • Lacklustre ride and handling

autocar[8]

Reviewer score 57%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following***:
All-aluminium Drive-E engine develops 188bhp and 221lb ft of torque. Suspension is comprised of a MacPherson strut arrangement at the front axle, with a multi-link arrangement with coil springs at the rear. Volvo’s large, 9.0in portrait-oriented Sensus touchscreen dominates the centre of the dash.
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Pros
  • Well-suited to small SUVs
  • Decent on-road composure
Cons
  • T3-engined XC40 feels a touch underwhelmed
  • No panoramic sunroof

autocar[9]

Reviewer score 71%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following***:
Our XC40 achieves 0-62mph in a respectable 8.5sec. The fastest variant, the T5, shaves 2.0sec off that and the slowest is the D3 AWD with automatic gearbox at 10.4sec. Volvo prides itself on leading on car safety and so it includes three safety systems as standard.
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Pros
  • Comfortable interior
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Decent fuel economy
Cons
  • Noisy at low speed
  • No automatic gearbox

autocar[10]

Reviewer score 61%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following***:
As refined and relaxing to drive as any other XC40 in its standard Comfort drive mode, even on the 20in wheels and stiffened suspension that come fitted to R-Design models as standard. In its most powerful configuration the 2.0-litre is suitably swift, with the kind of straightline pace that could bother some hot hatchbacks. Less impressive is the T5 engine’s disappointing, sub-30mpg cruising economy.
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Pros
  • Powerful engine
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Decent infotainment
Cons
  • T5 engine is disappointing

autoexpress[11]

Reviewer score 53%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following***:
The XC40 scooped our Best Small Premium SUV gong at the 2018 Auto Express New Car Awards. Prices start from £27,610 in Momentum trim, which makes it £1,400 cheaper than the entry-level diesel. Standard kit includes 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, and a set of 12.3-inch digital dials. This Momentum Pro model adds bending headlights, folding door mirrors, a heated windscreen and an electric driver's seat.
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Pros
  • Punchy petrol engine
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Excellent infotainment system
Cons
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Noisy gearbox

autoexpress[12]

Reviewer score 53%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following***:
The Volvo XC40 remains one of our favourite compact premium SUVs. This T4 version is the sweet spot in the petrol range. However, despite the decent performance, the comparatively thirsty engine makes it a tough sell alongside talented petrol rivals. The D3 diesel engine is still our top pick. Buyers are spoiled for choice in the compact premium SUV sector.
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Pros
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Fantastic infotainment system
Cons
  • Pricier than rivals
  • Lacklustre diesel engine

autoexpress[13]

Reviewer score 69%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following***:
The XC40 Recharge T5 has a 1.5-litre three-cylinder, turbocharged petrol engine working alongside an electric motor and 10.7kWh of batteries. All power is sent to the front wheels, with maximum output rated at 258bhp and 425Nm of torque. Volvo's claimed 7.3-second 0-62mph time isn't to be sniffed at. The only real weak point in the whole package is the brake recuperation.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful turbocharged petrol engine
  • Comfortable to drive
Cons
  • Brake recuperation isn’t the best

autoexpress[14]

Reviewer score 76%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following***:
The Volvo has a 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine that produces 177bhp and 265Nm of torque. Then there's also an electric motor, which contributes 81bhp, and a 10.7kWh battery that can, in theory, power the car for up to 28 miles of zero-emissions running. Volvo is certainly on a roll at the moment, but on paper at least the XC40 looks ambitiously priced.
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Pros
  • Powerful petrol engine
  • Good value for money
  • Decent range
Cons
  • Pricier than entry-level cars
  • Battery life could be better

autoexpress[15]

Reviewer score 72%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following***:
The XC40 P8 is the first Volvo to feature an infotainment system powered by Android Automotive. The car uses a seat sensor to trigger its key detection, so you can just get in, push it into D and drive, like a Tesla. There's next to no electric motor whine to speak of - no mean feat when you have a front-mounted unit as well as one on the rear axle.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Fantastic infotainment system
  • Fully digital instrument panel
Cons
  • No starter button
  • Sensus set-up isn’t for everyone

carmagazine[16]

Reviewer score 65%
Reviewers from carmagazine have found the following***:
Where the XC60 and the S/V/XC90 come with nigh-on everything, it's all scaled back a little for the new XC40. But you still get sat-nav, voice activation and LED headlights as standard. Volvo On Call lets you control various functions from your phone, and can alert the authorities if you prang it into a dyke again.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Well-thought-out interior
  • Decent infotainment system
Cons
  • Lack of grunt from the engines

carmagazine[17]

Reviewer score 73%
Reviewers from carmagazine have found the following***:
The XC40 Recharge Pure Electric P8 First Edition has a 78kWh lithium-ion battery (75kWh net) under the floor, with one electric motor on the rear axle and one on the front. There are no diesels, but there's a variety of petrols, mild hybrids and plug-in hybrids. You can choose front- or all-wheel drive, and spec from the modest to the full monty. For the P8, though, it's First Edition spec or nothing.
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Pros
  • Easy-to-use infotainment
  • Easy to drive
  • Good range
Cons
  • One-pedal driving isn’t for everyone

carmagazine[18]

Reviewer score 64%
Reviewers from carmagazine have found the following***:
The XC40 is the first car to use Volvo's CMA underpinnings, which are different from the SPA componentry used in the larger XC60 and 90. You sit high and upright, with a good amount of glass and a level of design flair that too many other manufacturers confine to the front. The boot has a decent 460 litres of luggage space with the rear seats up, or 1336 litres with them down.
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Pros
  • Cheap to run
  • Clean-running EV capability
  • Decent interior
Cons
  • Ridiculously expensive
  • Firm suspension

cnet[19]

Reviewer score 91%
Reviewers from cnet have found the following***:
The XC40 Recharge costs $54,985 after a $995 destination charge. It has 402 horsepower and 486 pound-feet of torque, allowing it to sprint to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds. Volvo's engines of late aren't the most aurally pleasing, if I'm honest, and their drone isn't missed.
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Pros
  • Elegant styling
  • Powerful engines
  • Comfortable ride
Cons
  • No regen option

topgear[20]

Reviewer score 75%
Reviewers from topgear have found the following***:
The seats are terrific, and the driving position is generally fine. It's an SUV position, with your back upright and your legs down. Rear leg and headroom are fine for adults. Kids might find the rising window line chops off their sideways view. And the XC40 provides plenty of ports to charge them, as well aswifi. Cabin storage is the sum of some clever ideas.
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Pros
  • Well-organised cabin
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Decent infotainment system
Cons
  • Lack of safety features

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Reviewer score 80%
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Pros
  • Lots of cargo space in the back
  • Android Automotive is built specifically for in-vehicle use
  • Google Assistant is an excellent in-car voice assistant
Cons
  • Cargo space is small compared to competitors
  • No Apple CarPlay support

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