The 2019 Volvo XC40 T5 R-Design is available at launch with a single petrol engine: 247 hp and 4 wheel drive. We took the wheel of this T5 version for a first try.
The new Volvo XC40 has swelled the ranks of the compact SUV market, whose growth seems to never stop. With a length of 4.42 m (1.86 m wide and 1.65 m high), the Swedish tackles a category where players are not lacking, both generalists and brands premium.
Before the catalog of more accessible versions, two-wheel drive or a six-speed manual gearbox arrives, the Volvo XC40 offers two high-tech deliveries, including the 247 hp gas-powered T5. an all-wheel drive and an 8-speed automatic transmission.
The mechanical base is still the same – a 1969cc 4-cylinder engine mounted in a transverse position – but the T5 gets a turbo that allows it to get out more than 120 hp per liter. Powerful but not disruptive, this engine allows the Swedish manufacturer to offer a version with a sporty look.
For those who find that this XC40 T5 R-Design is not yet quite exclusive, it is possible to opt for the version XC 40 T5 AWD “First Edition” proposed during the launch and spend € 57,810, including penalties. The equipment of this version is princely, but the price is shifted in the category and Volvo obviously table on the model XC40 D4 AWD to impose his new SUV.
2019 Volvo XC40 T5 R-Design Test Drive; AWD
With its sporty chassis and optional 20-inch wheels, we expected our test model to offer a reactive behavior but also a certain amount of discomfort. But the new technology platform of the brand, released by this XC40, benefits from a focus on quality. This R-Design version, therefore, displays sharp dynamic performances without really impacting its comfort.
More lively than the previous D4 AWD version, the T5 is even more direct in terms of direction and turns flatter. Its suspensions, rather well calibrated, are not an available piloted version but give the change on the road. On the other hand, as on the diesel, a delay in the ignition is also felt when one accelerates frankly. Undeniably, the Euro 6C emission standards, the gearbox management and the lack of compressor (to ensure flexibility at low speed) muzzle the mechanical brilliance.
Under the hood of this version which is certainly more sporty, Volvo is content to offer additional sensations and power, but there is undeniably room for a really sporty XC40. But is it necessary for an SUV, even compact, while the sports label of Volvo, Polestar, has taken its independence?
Interior of Volvo XC40 R-Design
The orange carpet adds originality to an otherwise serious car. With a 9-inch vertical display, and a 12.3-inch instrument cluster, the Volvo XC40 takes a technological approach to the dashboard. The style is good, the quality of materials varies depending on the location. At the back the space for the legs and the roof guard give satisfaction. But the seat of the seat has been shortened and is more for children (version photographed Momentum). The boot of the Volvo XC40 AWD R-Design T5 can grow from 460 to 1336 liters and can compartmentalize. It is practical to use, the bench folds in a classic way, with 60/40 separation. The orange carpet also wins the storm doors in this 2019 Volvo XC40 T5 R-Design AWD. The door bins are very big. It is possible to charge your smartphone inductively aboard the Volvo XC40 T5 AWD, provided you have a suitable hull
Volvo XC40 T5 AWD Prices
Sold at a list price of 48,820 € in its R-Design livery, the 2019 Volvo XC40 T5 R-Design AWD is positioned at a high price, especially since the 2018 penalty for this version amounts to 5,340 € with its original 18-inch wheels. Thus equipped, the XC40 is more expensive, for example, a BMW X1 xDrive 20i (48 150 €) certainly less powerful, 192 hp, but with a penalty of “only” 2,300 € for similar services on the road and a higher level of finish.
Competition Volvo XC40 T5 AWD
With its muscular engine, high-level safety equipment, and cool styling, the XC40 openly declares war on the Audi Q3 BMW X1 and Mercedes GLA, which have only their premium brand status to oppose this young, well-thought-out first.
More modern than an aging Audi Q3 (the current model was released in 2011 and restyled in 2014), the XC40 is a compact urban SUV that also competes with the Range Rover Evoque, which is also experiencing its last months of commercialization. The Swede also rubs a little to the French star, the Peugeot 3008 slightly longer (4.48 m) but cannot claim sufficiently muscular engine or all-wheel drive.
Halfway between classic and sporty, the Volvo XC40 brings freshness in the segment. This T5 AWD livery will only be a small part of its sales in here, and even more so when the other engines arrive. But this four-wheel drive and automatic transmission has the merit of existing and can also be a good choice in second hand, at a more affordable price.