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.