Trucks & SUVs

The 2020 Volvo XC40 is the Satisfying Luxury SUV No One is Buying

The Volvo XC40 isn’t the most popular SUV on the market. That could be because Volvo isn’t as popular of a luxury brand as Audi or BMW, but that doesn’t mean it won’t hold up against the competition. In fact, the fact that the Volvo brand isn’t as common is part of what makes the cars themselves so satisfying — you won’t come across another one as often. As a unique option, the Volvo XC40 is more desirable, but there are many more reasons to like it.

The high-rated Volvo XC40

According to Consumer Reports, the 2020 Volvo XC40 received a pretty good rating. At first glance, there is a lot to enjoy about the car’s appearance. Its modern front end is iconically Volvo, but the streamlined headlights make the car look sleek and aggressive. The boxy body lines aren’t as smoothed as coupe-styled BMW X6, but they do provide for ample rear-seat space and cargo capacity.

The Volvo XC40 is exposed at the 97th Brussels Motor Show
The Volvo XC40 | Didier Messens/Getty Images

Here’s what we love

There is a lot to love about the Volvo XC40, and only a test drive could really explain just how nice the car feels. While the exterior is more modest, the interior is well-designed to be both beautiful and useful. The front seats are comfortable enough to make your daily commute or summer vacation road trip without getting a stiff back. Combine that with all of the advanced safety features standard on even the base model and this car is quite the bargain at less than $34,000.

South Korean actor Jung Hae-in attends the launch of Volvo XC40
The Volvo XC40 | Visual China Group via Getty Images/Visual China Group via Getty Images

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If you aren’t sold on the 2020 model…

If you aren’t sold on the 2020 model year of the Volvo XC40, perhaps you will be more interested in the small updates we are expecting for the 2021 model. With the release of the 2021 model just around the corner, however, that means that the price of the 2020 XC40s still sitting brand new on dealership lots is likely to drop in price too. That sounds like just one more reason to love it.

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The 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge P8 EV | Costfoto/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

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With such a low price and yet so much to offer, it’s clear to see why owners are so satisfied with their 2020 Volvo XC40. From standard safety features to maximized comfort, there isn’t much compromise needed to settle into an SUV that is affordable even completely brand new.