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Volvo’s new XC40 is cute looking entry-level small SUV and AutoBlog was lucky enough to be handed a R-Design model as their tester vehicle.

For an additional $2,500 more than the base trim, the R-Design package adds a set of 19-inch wheels, LED fog lights, contrast roof, roof rails, power front seats, paddle shifters and more. There are other packages as well including the premium package and advanced package, with the latter option adding a 360-degree camera.

When it comes to design and features, the XC40 has them in spades. What some may not notice at first glance are the little details like a rubber Swedish flag tag peeking out from a gap between the fender and hood, highly adjustable seats, aluminum trim with black highlights, etc.

Of course a vehicle’s performance is important as well and both associate editors who test drove the XC40 can agree that Volvo outdid themselves when it comes to design details and engine performance. Though the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine is not the best sounding, it does pull hard in the low-to-mid range with 248-hp on tap, making it a “fun engine to play with”.

Where Volvo could improve on was the XC40’s handling, which is said to be secure but “a bit lifeless”. A Shame really of this could have been the perfect vehicle for both editors.
 

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No car is perfect and I'd take that lifeless steering in exchange for everything the XC40 has to offer. From what the editors are saying, it excels everywhere else aside from that area and that's enough to help them overlook this small niggle. Personally don't care if the steering is spirited or not so long as the car is stable. Excitement is where the coupe comes in.
 

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Volvo’s new XC40 is cute looking entry-level small SUV and AutoBlog was lucky enough to be handed a R-Design model as their tester vehicle.



Where Volvo could improve on was the XC40’s handling, which is said to be secure but “a bit lifeless”. A Shame really of this could have been the perfect vehicle for both editors.
Highly disagree. No doubt, it’s not a Porsche Macan but it is far from lifeless. The steering is far better than the XC60 and it holds its line in the curves quite well. But remember, it’s not made to be a sports car. It’s made to zip around the city and burbs which it does very well. :grin
 

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Well it didn't feel 'lifeless' to me compared to the other cars I was considering, a Subaru Outback 3.6 and MB GLC300 4matic. Also I wonder if they had it eco or sport mode. Could make a difference. They had a R version with the bigger wheels/tires so it should corner better but ride worse than a lower model. I enjoyed deiving the XC40 or I would not have ordered one. Driving enjoyment is very important to me.
 

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I disagree. Steering, a bit over assisted but frankly I think it is very easy to put this in a groove around corners and it is a blast to weild around town.
 
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