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Auto review: 2019 Volvo XC40.

Frank S. Washington | 3/7/2018, 9:28 a.m.
It has taken eight years and $12 billion and some good old fashioned Scandinavian patience. But Volvo has finally righted ...
It has taken eight years and $12 billion and some good old fashioned Scandinavian patience. But Volvo has finally righted the ship and is ready to reassert itself in the premium luxury market. Photo by Jayme Cain

It also had a full-size donut spare tire. On the technology side, the XC40 had an audio system where the woofers and tweeters were placed around the A-pillar and in the middle of the dash. The system sounded great. We turned it up literally all the way and there was no distortion, especially in the base speakers.

There will also be a car sharing program when the 2019 XC40 goes on sale this spring. Customers can share their car with friends and family via Volvo on Call with new digital key technology. Car sharing is standard on all trims. Using a smartphone app, an XC40 owner can invite trusted friends and family into their digital “circle of trust” - drivers whom the owner authorizes to use the car.

When a member of the “circle of trust” wants to use the car, they can make a request via the Volvo on Call application. The owner can approve this request with a set start and end date and time. The friend will receive a notification that their request has been approved and what window of time they can use the vehicle.

When the start time begins, the friend is shown where the vehicle is located. They can then approach and unlock the door via the app. From there, the friend can drive the car as usual, returning the XC40 at an agreed place and time. After the window of use has passed, the digital key to use the vehicle will expire.

The Volvo XC40 T5 is all-wheel-drive and has a turbocharged 248 horsepower 4 cylinder engine that makes 258 pound-feet of torque. The T4 is front-wheel-drive; it has a different turbocharger and makes187 horsepower. The four cylinder engine makes 221 pound-feet of torque. They didn’t bring any T4 XC40s here presumably because it doesn’t go on sale until later in the year. Both engines are mated to eight-speed transmissions equipped with start stop.

The 2019 XC40 had a MacPherson front suspension for better handling and a four link rear suspension. The T4 Momentum starts at $33,200. The T5 Momentum starts at $35,200. For the R Design, which always has a black roof, the T4 starts at $35,700 and the T5 R Design is $37,700. Prices for the T4 and the T5 Inscription had not been finalized, nor had the EPA fuel rating. There is a $995 freight charge on all models.

There will be 16 color combinations, standard leather seats and six interior colors. All the trim lines come with either front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive.

In addition to the normal avenues of acquiring the car, that’s lease or buy, as well as the car share option, you can also subscribe to get an XC40. It is a two year agreement that can be renewed after one year. For one flat monthly fee, all you’ve got to do is purchase your own gas and everything else is covered including insurance. It is a flat rate no matter where you live. We were told it was $600 a month for T5 AWD Momentum and $700 a month for a T5 R-Design. There is a 15,000 mile annual mileage limit. I think Volvo is doing everything it can to entice buyers. The company is snaring a younger demographic.