Volvo's SUV game is strong lately; its XC90 and XC60 impress. New for 2019 is the smallest SUV in the automaker's lineup, the XC40. The bar is set high; how does it measure up? In terms of child safety seats, the XC40 is a mixed bag, with the vehicle earning high marks for some seats and scoring poorly for others.
How many car seats fit in the second row? Two
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- Latch, grade B: Two sets of anchors sit under hinged plastic covers. They're easy to use with the convertible's chunky connector, but they're tough with the infant seat's skinny one because the anchors are set deeply and you must fish around to make connection. There are three tether anchors on the car's rear seatback; they're clearly marked and easy to use with the child seat.
- Rear-facing convertible, grade B: We moved the front seat forward a bit to accommodate this seat. Taller passengers in the Volvo will need more legroom to be comfortable. Latch connection wasn't too tricky with this seat's chunky connectors.
- Forward-facing convertible, grade A: Latch connection wasn't a problem with this seat's chunky connectors and we had no trouble connecting to the top tether anchor. The seat fit well and the XC40's fixed head restraint didn't cause a problem.
- Booster, grade B: Again, the booster fit well and the fixed head restraint didn't interfere. The seat belt buckles are on stable stalks, but they are short and flush with the seat bottom cushion, so they might be tough for kids to use.
- Infant seat, grade D: There isn't enough room to comfortably install this seat. The 5-foot-6-inch front passenger had her seat moved all the way forward and her knees were still against the car's dash. It was also tough to install in it due to the placement of this Volvo's Latch anchors and the infant seat's skinny connectors.
Solid indicates an A grade for optimum ease of use and fit. So-So indicates B or C grades for one to two ease-of-use or fit issues. Skip It indicates D or F grades.
A: Plenty of room for the car seat and the child; doesn't impact driver or front-passenger legroom. Easy to find and connect to Latch and tether anchors. No fit issues involving head restraint or seat contouring. Easy access to the third row.
B: One room, fit or connection issue. Some problems accessing third row when available.
C: Marginal room plus one fit or connection issue. Difficult to access third row when available.
D: Insufficient room, plus multiple fit or connection issues.
F: Does not fit or is unsafe.
About Cars.com's Car Seat Checks
Editors Jennifer Geiger, Jennifer Newman and Matt Schmitz are certified child safety seat installation technicians.
For the Car Seat Check, we use a Graco SnugRide Classic Connect 30 infant-safety seat, a Britax Marathon convertible seat and Graco TurboBooster seat. The front seats are adjusted for a 6-foot driver and a shorter passenger. The three child seats are installed in the second row. The booster seat sits behind the driver's seat, and the infant and convertible seats are installed behind the front passenger seat.
We also install the forward-facing convertible in the second row's middle seat with the booster and infant seat in the outboard seats to see if three car seats will fit; a child sitting in the booster seat must be able to reach the seat belt buckle. If there's a third row, we install the booster seat and a forward-facing convertible. Learn more about how we conduct our Car Seat Checks.
Parents should also remember that they can use the Latch system or a seat belt to install a car seat, and that Latch anchors have a weight limit of 65 pounds, including the weight of the child and the weight of the seat itself.
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