2019 Volvo XC40 T4 Momentum: The Volvo Crossover Segment Gets a New Sibling

Published: Friday, August 30, 2019 | 10:16 PM

2019volvoxc40475Taking elements from the five-seat XC60 and the three-row XC90, Volvo has created a third crossover SUV, the XC40. It’s the smallest of the crossovers and more economical too. It has seating for five and all the safety features you’ve come to expect from Volvo including Volvo’s City Safety feature. Warning the driver of an impending collision with any number of things like another car, pedestrian or large animal, it will even brake for you if you don’t do so it fast enough.

Available in three trim levels: Momentum, R-Design and Inscription, this review will focus on the Momentum trim with optional Premium Package, Vision Package, Advanced Package, Multimedia Package, Moonroof and heated front seats and steering wheel.

Even in the base model Momentum, Volvo packs the car with 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, automatic high-beam control, roof rails, automatic wipers, a power liftgate, automatic climate control, keyless ignition, a power-adjustable driver seat, driver-seat memory settings, 60/40-split rear seats, leather upholstery and ambient interior lighting.

Tech features are plentiful with three USB ports, a configurable gauge cluster display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hotspot, a 9-inch touchscreen, and an eight-speaker audio system with HD and satellite radio. Standard safety features include Volvo On Call communications, a rearview camera, lane departure warning and mitigation, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking.

There are two engines available on the Momentum: the front wheel drive T4 and the all wheel drive T5. My Momentum came equipped with the T4, a turbocharged four-banger that produced 187 horses and 221 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic trany makes everything mesh smoothly. Expect to get 23/city, 33/highway, and 27/combined mpg.

2019volvoxc40intOn the inside, Volvo upholds its reputation for quality with a good fit and finish of materials posh and budget-friendly. The design is pleasing to the eye, with a touchscreen that is easy to read and that controls most of the car’s functions. I did find it a bit confusing finding some of the functions in the touchscreen but after a little exploration I got the hang of it.

Even though the XC40 is the smallest of Volvo’s crossovers, it is roomy enough for five adults to sit comfortably. Legroom is plentiful, and taller passengers will not brush the roof. Front seat passengers will be especially comfortable with plenty of seat adjustment. Cargo room is good at 20.7 cubic feet and even more with the 60/40 split seats.

A soft-ride is awaiting you; the XC40 seems to glide over jarring bumps. However, when speed is needed the turbo kicks in and zoom! Cornering is good and steering is true. The XC40 delivers a great driving experience.

Looking for all the perks of a Volvo crossover at a lower price point? Give the XC40 Momentum a look-see.