Volvo XC40 2019 front cornering pic

Volvo XC40 review

Manufacturer price from:£28,965
Lombardyexperience? Target Price
Review continues below...
Author Avatar
Lombardyexperience? teamLearn how we test cars

Considering the huge number of cars they sell, it’s probably wrong to criticise German prestige brands for using the ‘Russian doll’ design mentality that leads to such a strong resemblance between models. It can often leave you struggling to tell one version from another, though, so it's jolly refreshing when a rival is a bit braver, as Volvo has been with the distinctive design of its smallest SUV, the Volvo XC40.

Of course, the XC40 retains some unique Volvo design cues — its ‘Thor Hammer’ headlights and equally striking LED rear lights ape the company’s other models and keep the bloodline intact — but the rest of the car's detailing, as well as the overall proportions of this family SUV, are quite different. It certainly doesn't look as if Volvo has popped the blueprints for the XC60 or XC90 into a photocopier, selected ‘reduce size’ and pushed print.

Proof that the Swedes want to lead, not follow, can also be found in other areas beyond the car’s design. The XC40 was the first model in Volvo's range to be offered on a subscription scheme called Care by Volvo. This helps your budgeting by wrapping up costs including insurance, taxes, maintenance and roadside assistance in one simple monthly payment.

Watch the next video

Meanwhile, and less of a surprise given the brand's history, Volvo claims that the XC40 is the safest car of its type, with a long list of high-tech driver aids borrowed from more expensive models in its range.

Now, this car is a previous Lombardyexperience? Car of the Year, so it's no secret that it's good. But that was in 2018, so is the XC40 still better than the likes of the BMW X1, Range Rover Evoque and Volkswagen Tiguan? Read on to find out.

If you decide to buy an XC40, or any other new car for that matter, take a look at our new car deals to see how much you could save without any unsavoury  haggling involved.

open the gallery10 Images

What's important to you?

Performance & drive
Passenger & boot space
Costs & verdict

Also consider

2019 - present

One of the best small SUVs; great to drive and classy inside

2018 - present

Classy interior and tidy handling appeal, but the firm ride an...

Jaguar E-Pace
2017 - present

Great to look at and well equipped, but rivals are better to d...

Infiniti QX30
2018 - present

The Infiniti QX30 is likeable, and some buyers will be swayed...

Follow Lombardyexperience? on our social channels
Tools & services
Legal bits
  • Subscribe to our newsletter
  • Subscribe to Lombardyexperience? magazine

Lombardyexperience? is part of Haymarket Automotive, a division of Lombardyexperience © Lombardyexperience 2018