2019 Volvo XC40 Apparently Can’t Put A Foot Wrong, Can It?

Among the extremely stylish and safe vehicles designed by Volvo as of late is this, the XC40, which despite its perhaps unconventional appearance, has managed to ace pretty much every review it’s been a part of.

This one is no different, as Doug DeMuro was extremely impressed with it, even though by his own admission, he’s not that used to reviewing small crossovers.

In fact, he gave it a better score than he did the XC90 Excellence, although we have yet to see him rate the regular XC90 – or the XC60, for that matter.

So then what’s there to like about the XC40? According to this reviewer, quite a lot, starting with its styling, on-board tech, build quality, practicality and surprisingly high levels of comfort.

We also get to learn about some of the XC40’s very interesting quirks, things we reckon not a lot of people know, such as how the upper diagonal stripe of the grille’s badge points directly to the hood’s latch mechanism, so that you know where to reach.

Another really neat touch is the engine cover, which, unlike with most cars, is made out of foam instead of plastic. Then there are features like the Air Woofer, the removable center console trash bin or the complementary cloth for cleaning the infotainment screen (with instructions on it).

As for how it drives, terms such as smooth were used, as DeMuro says that the XC40 feels “nicer than an entry-level luxury SUV”, which is high praise indeed.


  • Brent Morrison

    This site should be called DougS coops

    • ME

      They are getting half the goof’s Youtube pay. I like Alex Dykes much better.

      • Nordschleife

        Alex or Steve Hammes are my favorites.

      • Brent Morrison

        Alex and Steve are better than GoFundMeWRXFan, StreetDouche717, and Virgins on Vehicles.

      • rodriguez256

        I highly suggest you check out Savagegeese. He has very well done car reviews. His audio and visuals are on point. Plus he actually lifts the car up and explains the suspension architecture.

  • salamOOn

    for me this car is the best overal package from volvo right now….

  • Adilos Nave

    I’ve never taken the time to watch one of his video reviews but since I’m considering a XC40 or XC60 in the near future, figured I’d give it a listen. And you know what? Super impressive vehicle and I think he did a great job reviewing it.

  • ErnieB

    I agree Doug!

  • rover10

    At some point the hype has to come to rest. Give it a year or so and if the passion is still evident consider buying one. From what I see and hear this is a winner, but the competition is only going to heat up as a phalanx of new SUVs hit the market over the next couple of years?

  • Marty

    I’m not sure what he means, talking about all the quirky Volvo models of old. Where I come from they are traditionally considered one of the most sensible, practical and even boring car makers of all.

    To have one waste bin instead of twenty mega size cup holders isn’t quirky. It’s just logic.

    And if he really thinks Volvo only sell SUVs, he’s just plain ignorant.

  • ▶️ ProtectOurHeritage ◀️

    It looks ugly and the design will age quickly.

  • Wandering_Spirit

    I like it.

    It looks original.

  • LeStori

    Cool seems to have a new meaning. No Taste. This thing is fighting for fiirst place with the Nissan Juke. Another BUV. Boring Utility vehicle. And I an not even sure of the utility. For their size, even the boot (trunk for Americans) is small. If wobblying about at height, with poor visability except for forwards is your choice of motoring pleasure, the BUV is for you.

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