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Volvo offers a lineup of premium SUVs renowned for safety and reliability. So it’s no surprise the 2023 Volvo XC40 recently earned Best Luxury Subcompact SUV in Good Housekeeping’s “The Best New Family Cars of 2023.” In addition to safety features, this small crossover boasts plenty of storage solutions. Organized parents will appreciate these nifty features in the 2023 Volvo XC40.

4 storage solutions in the 2023 Volvo XC40 that will keep organized parents sane

2023 Volvo XC40 features
2023 Volvo XC40 | Volvo Car Corporation

Volvo has gone beyond luxury and performance to deliver convenience to drivers who like to keep their cars clutter-free. Good Housekeeping praises the 2023 Volvo XC40 for its storage features that help families stay organized. They include the following:

  • Hooks for totes or grocery bags
  • A garbage bin in the center console
  • Deep door pockets
  • Drawers under the front seats

The grocery bag holders keep shopping bags in place, preventing them from tipping over and spilling their contents. Users can find the hooks on the sides of the cargo compartment, under the floor hatch, and in the glove compartment.

An integrated garbage bin is handy for families that eat on the go. The Volvo XC40’s trash can neatly tucks into the center console and blends with the interior aesthetics. Its lid conveniently pushes down and pops back after each use. 

And families can stash items in the deep door storage pockets and drawers under the front seats.

The 2023 Volvo XC40 is also affordable, with an attractive starting price and decent fuel economy

2023 Volvo XC40 Recharge family SUV
2023 Volvo XC40 | Volvo Car Corporation

Starting at around $37,000, the 2023 Volvo XC40 is attractively priced for a premium SUV. It also saves money on gas thanks to two mild-hybrid engine options.

The standard B4 is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making 194 hp, while the B5 produces 247 hp. Both feature a 48-volt hybrid system, but the B4 has front-wheel drive, while the B5 has all-wheel drive.

With a fuel-economy rating of 24/32 mpg city/highway for the B4 model and 23/30 mpg city/highway for the B5, the XC40 saves a few dollars at the pump. The XC40’s fuel efficiency is competitive with luxury rivals like the Mercedes-Benz GLB250, getting 23/31 mpg city/highway.

One unexpected bonus for adventuresome families: The 2023 XC40’s 3,500-pound towing capacity is a rarity among subcompact SUVs.

Other family-friendly SUVs in Good Housekeeping’s roundup

Besides the 2023 Volvo XC40, Good Housekeeping names other SUVs in “The Best New Family Cars of 2023.”

The Mazda CX-30 ranks as the Best Subcompact SUV, the Honda CR-V is the Best Compact SUV, and the Kia Telluride takes the title of the Best Midsize 3-Row SUV.

Other featured SUVs are the Porsche Macan, the Best Luxury Compact SUV; the Chevrolet Tahoe, the Best Large SUV; and the Ford Bronco, the Best Midsize 2-Row SUV. Closing the list of SUVs is the Land Rover Defender 130 (Best Luxury Midsize 3-Row SUV) and the Lincoln Navigator L (Best Luxury Large SUV).

The 2023 Volvo XC40 blends the Swedish automaker’s safety-first ethos and upscale ambiance with a sleek design. On top of that, this small crossover has thoughtful features that parents will love: hooks that come in handy for holding grocery bags, a built-in trash receptacle, deep door pockets, and drawers under the front seats for extra storage and convenience.


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