This Volvo competes with a burgeoning crowd of designer-label small SUVs from Audi, BMW, Jaguar, Lexus, and Mercedes-Benz. But it lacks the polish found in some of its key rivals.
The XC40’s upscale interior and comfortable front seats make the grade, but our testers found the controls cumbersome and maddening to use.
The turbocharged four-cylinder engine packs a decent punch. We measured a 7.3-second 0-60 mph sprint. It’s too bad that the engine sound is coarse and that the stop/start system, designed to save fuel, restarts with an unpleasant jolt at every launch. The powertrain combination returned a reasonable 24 mpg overall in our tests on premium fuel.