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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-01-2019, 09:16 PM Thread Starter
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What car did you drive before the XC40? Are you happy?

Hi all --

My TT was totaled by a red-light runner and I am looking for something cute to replace her. I am considering the XC40 in blue/white because it is cute AND practical. The test drive was decent but not overwhelming.

What did you all drive before buying your XC40 and are you happy with your choice? Disappointed?

Hard to beat this one when it comes to looks, but to get the blue/white combo I have to get the Momentum and am on the fence because the interior is kinds of pedestrian.

Other choices are Lexus RX350, Audi Q5, Caddy XT5, and BMW X5. They all beat the XC40 Momentum on the inside, but none are close to this one in terms of cuteness.

Test drives are so short, they are nearly worthless. I know it is not a sports car, but is this really a fun ride in the real world? Anyone upgrade to Polestar? Did it make a difference? Thanks for your input.
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Hi all --

My TT was totaled by a red-light runner and I am looking for something cute to replace her. [IMG class=inlineimg]https://www.xc40forum.com/forum/images/XC40Forum/smilies/tango_face_crying.png[/IMG] I am considering the XC40 in blue/white because it is cute AND practical. The test drive was decent but not overwhelming.

What did you all drive before buying your XC40 and are you happy with your choice? Disappointed?

Hard to beat this one when it comes to looks, but to get the blue/white combo I have to get the Momentum and am on the fence because the interior is kinds of pedestrian.

Other choices are Lexus RX350, Audi Q5, Caddy XT5, and BMW X5. They all beat the XC40 Momentum on the inside, but none are close to this one in terms of cuteness.

Test drives are so short, they are nearly worthless. I know it is not a sports car, but is this really a fun ride in the real world? Anyone upgrade to Polestar? Did it make a difference? Thanks for your input.
I believe you mean the Amazon blue with a white roof. I like this colour combination as well but it was discontinued when I ordered my XC40 in February. I will have a glacier silver (new colour) with black roof coming end of this month. It probably is this first of this kind and I will post photos after I got it.
Re previous cars had several SUVs before .. CR-V, ML and X5. Never considered a Volvo, was looking the Tiguan, Q3 before visiting a Volvo garage.
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Yep -- Amazon blue with white roof. There are a couple of them in the area (for now), so, if I want it, I do not need to special order it.
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I traded in my 2013 Mini Cooper S Convertible. If I had a 2 car garage, I probably would have kept it and sill bought the Volvo. I am very happy with the Volvo, something I never thought Iíd say. The drives are vastly different, which is what I liked. The XC40 did not try to pretend to be anything it wasnít. Itís fun and comfortable for the commute. I bought the Inscription, so the interior a bit nicer. Personally, I thought the X1 and E-Pace were a tad dated feeling inside, and I just couldnít wait for the Q3 to launch.

The other vehicles you mentioned are noticeably larger than the XC40. You might want to try driving them in tight areas. I know coming from such a small car I could really tell the difference in even the X3.
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Thanks BEW. That is helpful. I've been having second thoughts about the larger SUVs for the reason you mentioned. So, coming from the mini, you are having a good time with your XC40? Enjoying the actual driving experience? Do you miss your mini?
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Thanks BEW. That is helpful. I've been having second thoughts about the larger SUVs for the reason you mentioned. So, coming from the mini, you are having a good time with your XC40? Enjoying the actual driving experience? Do you miss your mini?
Yes, I really enjoy the XC40. My driving is all town driving, and itís great for that. If you want a sportier feel, test drive the R Design. I donít miss the Mini for my day to day. Iím sure Iíll get nostalgic when the cooler weather returns to Florida and I could take a Saturday drive.
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I drove a BMW X3 for 6 years and put a lot of money into it at the dealership. The XC40 is as tall as X3 but about 10 inches shorter. I can fit my bike in the back so that's all I really care about. The seats are much more comfortable for long drives. I just realized a few months in that you can extend the front seats.
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I drove a BMW X3 for 6 years and put a lot of money into it at the dealership. The XC40 is as tall as X3 but about 10 inches shorter. I can fit my bike in the back so that's all I really care about. The seats are much more comfortable for long drives. I just realized a few months in that you can extend the front seats.
Doesn't it make a huge difference extending the seat base?
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post #9 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-05-2019, 06:31 PM
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You’re comparing the XC40 to substantially larger cars. I personally wouldn’t put them in the same category. The XC40 is deceivingly small. It’s really more comparable to an X1 or X2.

That being said I love my XC40 for the most part. I’ve had it almost a year. It replaced a Mustang but that was a needed diversion from dog haulers. It really replaced a VW Golf TDI which was amazing car but I was forced to sell it back because of dieselgate.

I got the R Design with 20” wheels and do NOT recommend that setup for Midwest roads. Combined with the short wheelbase of the XC40, the car is very bumpy and that may be the reason I turn it in when the subscription is up.

Details such as paint quality and the function of features are not as well thought out as my stepmom’s Mercedes GLC, for example. The rain sensor can be frustrating and it’s hard to get the sunroof to do what you want, when you want it. Things like that. But the design is wonderful and I’m not at all getting tired of it.

Let us know if you have specific questions or decide to get something!
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I truly enjoyed my XC 40 R Design T5 AWD.

The XC 40 has no air conditioned seats and I am not able to read directly the individual tire pressures. For those, I do miss my 2015 Impala LTZ.
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