CARS.COM — Volvo’s current SUVs, the XC90 and XC60, are elegant, even Zen, with their Scandinavian design, open-pore wood trim and muted colors. Funky, spunky, even cute have not been words that come to mind — until now, with Volvo’s new city-sized SUV, the 2019 Volvo XC40, aimed at bringing in more urban and younger buyers. The Volvo XC40 takes on such established compact rivals as the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class.
The Volvo XC40 is the big SUVs’ fun younger cousin. Not that it’s a lightweight (except in actual weight): The XC40 packs most of the brainpower — multimedia, safety and driver aid tech — of the XC60 and three-row XC90, Cars.com’s Best of 2016 winner. It just offers it in a tidier package almost a foot shorter and about $6,000 cheaper than a comparable XC60.