2019 Volvo XC40 First Look | Edmunds

2019 Volvo XC40 First Look

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Volvo is looking to stake a claim in the burgeoning subcompact luxury SUV market with its new 2019 XC40. It boasts a premium interior and a host of sleek technology features. It will need every advantage it can get since the XC40 will be taking on well-established players such as the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA.

But Volvo will be relying on more than just a competitive vehicle to attract buyers. It's also debuting a new ownership model that's designed to appeal to younger buyers and anyone turned off by the traditional car-shopping experience.

2019 Volvo XC40

Not Your Mom's Wagon
Although Volvo is planning to offer an all-electric version of the XC40, at launch only gas-powered models will be available: the T5 Momentum and T5 R-Design. Both will use a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine making 247 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. All-wheel drive comes standard, as does an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Inside, there's a 12.3-inch display screen in place of a traditional gauge cluster. A 9-inch touchscreen infotainment interface on the dashboard handles everything from music to climate control and car settings. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard, as is a connected app — Volvo On Call — that lets you lock and unlock your car, see its status, schedule maintenance, and even have items delivered directly to your trunk, wherever you're parked. You can even give other people the ability to use their phones as keys to your car.

2019 Volvo XC40

Still a Volvo
Of course, this wouldn't be a Volvo if it didn't have an extensive list of safety features. On top of extensive use of high-strength steel and enough airbags to float a small battleship, Volvo has installed all the active safety features in its arsenal in the XC40.

Standard equipment will include City Safety, a system that detects obstacles including vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists and even large animals, both day and night. The system will also warn the driver of an impending collision. Should the driver fail to react, the vehicle will automatically come to a stop. While many comparable systems work only at lower speeds, Volvo's works at any speed.

Lane keeping assist is also standard, as is road-sign information and Driver Alert Control, which warns you if the car thinks you're getting too distracted or sleepy to drive safely.

Optional equipment includes blind-spot monitoring, a 360-degree camera, rear-collision warning, and rear cross-traffic alert. Adaptive cruise control and a parking assistance system are also available.

2019 Volvo XC40

A New Way to Own a Car
Volvo is also using the launch of the XC40 to introduce an ownership option called Care by Volvo. This program bundles all of your costs — including all maintenance and insurance and a concierge service — into one payment, creating a sort of uber-lease that promises to be more transparent about the total true cost to "own" a vehicle. The program includes the option to upgrade to a new vehicle in as early as 12 months, drawing its inspiration from the pay structure and lifecycle of cellphone plans.

Care by Volvo's preset monthly payment model is likely to be refreshingly inviting to buyers who rank hidden costs and haggling over price as serious car-buying stress points.

2019 Volvo XC40

Arrives in Spring 2018
The 2019 Volvo XC40 is set to arrive in the spring of 2018 with a base price of just over $36,000 for the all-wheel-drive T5 Momentum. A slightly less expensive front-wheel-drive model will be added to the lineup in the summer of 2018.

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