2020 Volvo XC40
Ratings & Reliability
The XC40 competes in the entry-level luxury SUV class. The T5 trim we tested comes standard with AWD and a 248-hp turbocharged four-cylinder that packs a decent punch. Front-wheel-drive T4 versions use a 187-hp, 2.0-liter turbo engine. Like other Volvos, the ride is stiff, and the engine has a coarse growl. Worse, the controls, such as the electronic gear selector and infotainment system, are unintuitive and frustrating to operate. Handling is mundane but secure. The cabin is nicely furnished, and the front seats are very comfortable. Automatic emergency braking is standard, but blind spot warning is optional. Volvo's Pilot Assist driver assist system, which combines adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist, is available. A plug-in hybrid and an all-electric model are new for 2020.