It’s a highly competitive world in the subcompact luxury SUV market. When you want something different from the sea of German models, the 2022 Volvo XC40 is here to bring that change for you. This small and mighty SUV offers impressive seating space, a ton of modern tech, and the stellar safety rating you desire of being an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ vehicle. While these are things you expect from Volvo, we offer six you’ll want to know more about, giving you a more complete look at this luxury subcompact SUV.
The 2022 Volvo XC40 gives you two completely different power options
There’s only one powertrain for this SUV, but that powertrain offers two different driving experiences. Kelley Blue Book tells us the powertrain is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine attached to an eight-speed automatic transmission. For the T4 models, this setup returns 187 horsepower and 221 lb.-ft. of torque. You only have FWD for the T4 version and enjoy 23 city/32 hwy mpg.
If you upgrade to the T5 model, you’ll enjoy the benefits of AWD and more power. This model provides 248 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque while delivering 22 city/30 hwy mpg. This more powerful setup allows you to tow up to 3,500 pounds, something you don’t often find among small SUVs. The cost difference for more power is $2,000, which is relatively affordable.
Admirable driving dynamics for a tall SUV
This Volvo sits higher off the ground than most of its counterparts, yet it’s plenty agile on the corners. You’ll find a well-tuned chassis, short wheelbase, and impressive transmission to give you plenty of driving fun. Move to the sportier R-Design trim, and you’ve got a sport-tuned suspension and larger wheels that add to this enjoyment. Whether you’re going for a long-distance road trip or simply heading to work, the XC40 delivers an enjoyable experience for you.
The feature changes are a bit confusing
According to Car and Driver, the 2022 version, the Volvo XC40 no longer comes with a power-operated liftgate, front fog lamps, or rear child locks. We do see a wireless smartphone charger for the R-Design and Inscription models. If you want the power liftgate, this is now a stand-alone option that you’ll have to pay a little extra to enjoy.
The design of the Volvo XC40 stands out
This little Volvo luxury SUV stands out in a sea of BMWs, Audis, and Mercedes-Benz models. Admire the youthful styling, impressive build, rugged trim around the wheel arches, and eight colors that make this SUV shine. Show up with one of the brighter colors, and everyone will look your way or enjoy a subtle color. You still won’t blend in when you drive this attractive Volvo SUV.
Safety that makes the XC40 a Top Safety Pick+ SUV
What does the safety package offered in this Volvo subcompact SUV include? Here’s the answer:
- Blind-spot information system with steering assist
- Rear cross-traffic alert
- Automatic emergency braking
- Run-off mitigation and protection
- Lane-keeping assist
- Rearview camera
- Rear parking sensors
There are additional safety features offered at various trims of the XC40, including:
- Front parking sensors
- 360-degree camera system
- Pilot Assist semi-autonomous driving system with adaptive cruise control
Whether adding the optional items or sticking to the standard package, the safety features of this little crossover stand out.
The infotainment system could be better
Volvo has a reputation as a technology leader in the automotive market. As such, we expect top-level technology in the infotainment system. The nine-inch screen for the XC40 does an adequate job of offering you the menus and selections you desire, but it can be hesitant at times. Even so, the Volvo Sensus Connect system brings you:
- Apple CarPlay
- Android Auto
- SiriusXM satellite radio
- Navigation system
- Four USB ports
If you want to upgrade the sound quality you hear, the Harman Kardon premium audio system will cost $800, and it’s available on all trim levels.
Is the Volvo XC40 worth the money?
The starting price of the XC40 is $34,100 for the T4 Momentum model. Add the T5 engine and the upgraded sound system, and you’re at $36,900, which is an affordable price for a luxury SUV. If you want the R-Design version, you’ll spend $39,350 or need to part ways with $41,850 for the inscription trim. Overall, the pricing is slightly lower than the German counterparts, giving you an affordable luxury SUV to drive.