The SUV market is getting crowded, fast, and carmakers are scrambling to have their own models stand out. At first glance, Volvo’s new 2019 XC40 might not fit the bill, both figuratively and literally. Its smallest SUV, the subcompact looks like a seriously shrunken version of the company’s larger XC60 and XC90. Yet the XC40 is looking to prompt a shake-up much bigger than its footprint, with a new platform under the sheet metal and a new way of adding one to your garage. I got a chance to take the new XC40 for a spin, to see if it has what it takes to stand tall among larger vehicles in its segment.
More for less seems to be the general theme of the 2019 Volvo XC40, both inside and out. While it borrows the design of its larger cousins, Volvo’s smallest SUV is actually very different under that skin. It’s the first to use the so-called Compact Modular Architecture, a new platform co-developed by Volvo and Geely to not only package cabin space and safety, but accommodate a variety of powertrain types as the Swedes move further and further toward full electrification.
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