Consumer Reports Says 2019 Volvo XC40 Is Fine But Has Some Glaring Faults

For the first time ever, Volvo has a challenger to the likes of the BMW X1, Audi Q3 and Mercedes-Benz GLA. It’s called the XC40, slots under the XC60 and XC90, and was officially unveiled last fall.

The Swedish brand’s baby SUV mimics the design of its larger siblings, albeit with a few changes of its own, which help it bring “style and youthfulness” to the segment, says Consumer Reports in their review.

Besides looking good, the XC40 is also one of the roomiest vehicle in this class. It offers good storage solutions scattered all around the cabin, has a flat floor boot that makes loading voluminous or heavy items fairly easy, and a 60/40 split folding rear seat.

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The steering won’t impress anyone, as it is vague and lacking feel, but the handling was found to be “safe and forgiving”, so it passes the test, though if you want a sportier ride you might want to look elsewhere.

One serious downside is that, due to the stiff suspension that’s typical of modern Volvos, road undulations make their presence felt in the cabin. Other annoying features of the XC40 are the overtly complex infotainment system and the totally unintuitive gear selector that requires two, instead of one, nudges to select a gear.

In the U.S., the 2019 XC40 has an MSRP of $33,200, which undercuts the entry-level Mercedes-Benz GLA by $750 and the Audi Q3 and BMW X1 by $700.


  • vvmdrf

    In ten years CR will be dead. Their opinions are biased and irrelevant.

    • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

      They purchase all of their own vehicles with their own money and don’t accept contributions from manufacturers….

      They have over 7 million subscribers, they aren’t going anywhere.

      • brn

        You’re correct. They’ll be around for a long time to come. Some of us just wish they’d go away.

    • Ron

      I wish they would go away but the same people who get their news from Facebook believe they are the holy grail of car buying.

    • Tostik

      Why is CR so retarded about the infotainment system? I’ve seen dozens of reviews that rate this system as one of the most logical and easy to use on the market.

      And let me explain something to CR about Volvo’s “stiff” ride. People who buy European cars don’t want the mushy ride of an American or Japanese equivalent.

  • Able

    Why should everything be sporty?

    • D3X

      it’s laughable that they expect a Entry level Luxury Compact SUV to be sporty.

      • Galaxium

        The Porsche Macan is also entry-level luxury, but it has fantastic handling.

        • D3X

          I wouldn’t call a Porsche anything entry-level.

    • Galaxium

      The assumption is that with a “sporty ride”, handling will result in inspiring more confidence when needed.

      • D3X

        Given the targeted demographics, the handling confidence won’t make a difference in the hands of those drivers. The only confidence it needs is “safety” for emergencies.

  • atomicbri

    I feel CR has quirks as well…. Like biased reporting.

    • khc

      Who doesn’t have biases? Where do you find unbiased, advertisement-free auto reviews? I’d really like to know.

      • brn

        So we agree that CR is biased? OK.

      • atomicbri

        Oh trust me, they get commitments from manufacturers….. I’ve known someone that’s worked for them. But that’s an entirely different post and forum.

  • Kash

    the double nudge of the gearshift is better than holding the gear shift and going from park to reverse then neutral and then drive without realizing it and accidentally driving through your garage wall. Also, Infiniti requires 2 nudges on the new QX50 iirc. A lot of newer cars with these kinds of shifters require two nudges. Then again, this is CR, so no surprise they make stupid comments about things that next to no one will care about except their target audience of Honda fanatics.

  • Bo Hanan

    The car is ugly. It’s tech is unproven. And I would be concerned with how well that engine will hold up over time.

    • D3X

      First gen quirks, but tech from XC90 which have been around for several years now. Engines will be built like their engines the last 20 years, which were bullet proof force induced motors. As for ugly, most people see it differently than you.

  • Arnis

    So what gparing faults does it have? Doubleclick is a fault? CR shall not be idiots.

  • Wandering_Spirit

    They are basically describing a Volvo. Cars for maniacs of ecology, green, safety with users who are normally in the 50YO range and up or younger ones with an old man soul. And i say this while liking the car overall. You buy a Volvo if you want that type of car. Pity because the design often is better than others.

    • D3X

      This car isn’t obviously aimed at you, in fact, 95% of all other cars available aren’t either. Go check out the Polestar 1 if you want more performance from Volvo.

      • Wandering_Spirit

        I never said it was aimed at me. That doesn’t prevent me from expressing my opinion on it. Polestar is a niche, and even other Polestar models (i tried a C30), weren’t that great, although much better than other Volvos. My father drove Volvos, among other brands. Great runners for mileage and solidity. Not the car you want for excitement. In fact, i am stating that report is not abnormal. It is just describing a Volvo….a typical Volvo.

  • Ron

    This from the same people who tell you what toaster oven to buy. CR’s reviews are completely biased and useless.

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