Say Hello To The New XC40, Volvo’s Smallest SUV [74 Images]

Volvo has finally pulled the wraps off the new XC40 in Milan, Italy, the company’s new baby SUV.

As expected from a previous leak, it mimics the styling of the 40.1 Concept, and it also carries some design features from the larger XC60 and XC90.

Notice the familiar Thor’s hammer DLRs, evolved grille, and “structured profile”, which, along with up to 17 color combinations for the body and roof, and large wheels, should make it more appealing to young buyers looking for both practicality and style.

Open the door and you will see a mix of new and familiar, with the 12.3-inch TFT instrument panel carried over from the XC60 and XC90, and a 9.0-inch infotainment screen sitting in the middle of the dashboard.

Volvo claims that the XC40 “offers a radically new approach to storage inside the car”, with spaces under the seats and in the doors, in addition to a fold-out hook for small bags, and even a removable waste bin in the tunnel console. Moreover, smartphones can be stored in a special space, which features inductive charging, and can be connected to the infotainment via Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

However, while it looks familiar to the rest of the brand’s SUV lineup, peel its skin away and you will find the new modular vehicle architecture, dubbed CMA. It was co-developed with Geely, Volvo’s parent company, and it will eventually underpin the entire 40 Series lineup, as well as some electrified models.

Safety and driver assistance features such as the Pro Pilot Assist, City Safety, Run-off Road protection and mitigation, Cross Traffic Alert with Brake Support, and 360-degree camera, among others, make the new XC40 “one of the best-equipped small premium SUVs on the market”, in Volvo’s own words.

Despite presenting it today, the Swedish car maker has already opened the order books. The new XC40 will be offered initially in the range-topping T5 version, with a 247hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo and all-wheel drive, which is priced from $35,200.

European customers, on the other hand, will get to choose between five internal combustion engines. These are the T3 156PS (154hp), T4 190PS (187hp), and T5 247PS (244hp) petrols, and D3 150PS (148hp) and D4 190PS (187hp) diesels. Pricing starts at £27,905 ($37,746) in the United Kingdom for the T3 Momentum FWD grade, and goes up to £39,305 ($53,166) for the D4 AWD First Edition, which is based on the R-Design Pro version.

Further powertrain options will be added to both markets, including a hybridized model, as well as a pure electric version.

Volvo will assemble the new XC40 in Ghent, Belgium, starting this November, and the first units will be shipped to customers early next year.


  • TheHake

    Wow!!! I love it! Volvo is really on a roll!

    • alexxx

      Really beautiful…. Volvo’s design are number 1 these days… Absolutely stunning

      • S3XY

        There is nothing “absolutely stunning” about this generic looking CUV. It has a clean bland design and thats it. And it uses gasoline.

        • alexxx

          Ooo i am sorry Mr Pininfarina,best world designer,I didn’t recognize your nickname…

          • nik

            i legit spit my coffee hahaha

  • Knotmyrealname

    I’d have one. Don’t need one, but I’d have one.

  • Matt

    Very well executed interior. This is a winner.

  • ediotsavant

    Don’t like that thick rear pillar.
    Don’t like the oversized tablet.

  • Marty

    That backdoor kink really grows on you. But in the wrong direction – it grows uglier and less Volvo-like the more I see it. Especially on the single coloured cars.
    But the rest is quite cool.

    • Charlie Medina’s Smiling Coach

      backdoor kink is a website you should never visit…

      • Marty

        Ha! The domain is available. Might as well buy it.

        • Finkployd

          Count me in

      • Vanquish

        LMAO right….

  • LeStori

    Yawn. Another pointless SUV. Life is too short to really want an SUV.

  • Mr_Fanta_Pants

    I love it.


    new V40 incoming

  • rover10

    Crisp and bang on trend. This will worry a lot of the competition as its all Volvo and what that means, strong quality, safety, good residuals.

  • Easily the best-looking in its class!

    • alexxx


  • Rocket

    Handsome inside and out. I personally prefer it without the contrasting roof. Too bad it suffers from the same serious shortcoming as other modern Volvos …

    • KidRed

      You mean like forgetting that nearly every modern car has a 7″ – 10″ LCD widescreen?

      • Rocket

        The screen isn’t the big problem. In fact, I actually prefer the vertical layout. But their movement away from physical controls is a significant problem for me.

  • no25

    Volvo does it again! Love their new design strategy!

  • Puddingpopper

    O yeaaaa!!! Loving that burnt orange carpet. Now how about a new C30 or S40, waiting patiently

  • ErnieB

    As others pointed out the rear pillar is a bit too much.. but still love it and it looks original!

  • SgtBeavis

    Man, Volvo just keeps hitting home runs. Give me some of what they’re drinking.

  • Eder Kambara

    Loved it. And with all those sensors monitoring the traffic, the ultra thick back pillar isn’t a problem at all.

  • Kaisuke971

    Wow i love it, it’s cute. Volvo just smashed their new design language, every single new car they make looks about the best in its segment. Really impressive

  • BlackPegasus

    Nice, but to get one that actually look as nice as the model pictured be prepared to spend nearly $50K. Blame Ridiculous dealership markup and overconfident pricing schemes by Volvo.

  • Karl

    Very nice indeed.

  • Nordschleife

    I just think this car is cool. Again a very playful approach to a sophisticated design language.

  • Hockeyman


  • KidRed

    Sadly, Volvo still uses screen sizes from the 80s. That’s a deal breaker.

  • botornot387

    Volvo seriously continues on a roll. This is one smartly designed and very good looking vehicle, putting it’s competitors on notice. Also priced very smartly. Can’t wait to see more engine offerings, though the first one coming sounds like a good option. Keep it up Volvo!


    • alexxx

      On contraire!!
      Volvo’s best design to date…

  • salamOOn

    i like
    -overal design
    -door (felt, storage solution)
    – safety tech
    -overal mature feeling
    -finaly some NOT glossy buttons (at least on steering wheel)
    -small shifter

    i dont like
    -huuuge c-pillar
    -tablets only interior
    -poor dash board trim (only one for r-design an momentum at this time)
    -no spare wheel (full size would be perfect)

    so i guess with full size spare and some AC controls under the tablet i would be catched.
    and in my opinion dashboard in XC90 suddenly looks very bad and bland after new 90 and 40 series models revealed….

  • Mark S

    Volvo should have no problem selling everyone they can make, a handsome vehicle that manages to avoid the too cuteness that plagues most small CUV’s/SUVs. Just keep that made in China label off it.

  • Belthronding Tinuviel

    very welldone Volvo.
    Next Volvo,next winner,as it is expected.

  • nice brick !! .))

  • EddyCj

    Now this is a good looking SUV!!

  • Bo Hanan

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. I was hoping the interior might sell me- it didn’t.

  • MikeyOrange

    Looks nice but I don’t really care… where’s the new V60?

  • SteersUright

    Bad ass. I hope you sell a ton of these Volvo. Love what they’re doing lately.

  • JH
  • DJ

    Wow. From the side, the rear 3qtrs looks like the last Jeep Compass.

  • S3XY

    Ugly rear. Dont get these suv cuv things. No style. I dreamed of driving a low slung and sleek car, not some elevated tall vehicle.

  • Wandering_Spirit

    Interesting design. At least it doesn’t look like a hearse.

  • David mcCreery

    Considering what they’re marking the XC60’s at in Seattle, glad we didn’t buy one. This looks like a decent alternative!

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