Competes with: Audi Q3, BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class
Looks like: A truncated XC60 with a lot of C-pillar
Drivetrains: 248-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with eight-speed automatic transmission (T5); forthcoming T4 TBD; front- or all-wheel drive
Hits dealerships: Spring 2018
Volvo’s newest SUV, the XC40, is also its smallest. Anchoring the bottom end of the Swedish automaker’s SUV lineup, the XC40 competes with a slew of entry-level luxury SUVs — from German entrants like the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class to the Lexus NX, Jaguar E-Pace and Infiniti QX30.
Volvo tells us the XC40 will go on sale “around spring 2018.” It will come as an all-wheel-drive T5 at first, priced (including destination) to start at $36,195; that’s $6,300 less than the larger XC60. A front-wheel-drive T4 will join the lineup in summer 2018 and start at $34,195, which puts the XC40 right in the thick of competitors’ entry pricing.