2019 Volvo XC40


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2019 Volvo XC40 Interior Review


Interior: 8.4

The new-for-2019 Volvo XC40 has one of the nicest interiors in the class. It's practical, it looks modern, and the materials quality is terrific. The seats are spacious in both rows, but the cargo space is a bit below average. There are many standard and available tech features, including plenty of driver assistance options.

  • "The interior manages Scandinavian sleekness without wood. It looks upscale despite conventional starter and mode-select buttons." -- Motor Trend
  • "The XC40s interior is pragmatic, but not boring or anything like austere. Finish quality is as good as anything in this class, and like the outside, the inside looks fresh." -- Autoweek
  • "The level of standard equipment on the XC40 is like flying Emirates when every other automaker is closer to Spirit." -- CNET


The XC40 seats five people and comes standard with leather upholstery and a power-adjustable driver’s seat. Premium leather upholstery, a power-adjustable passenger seat, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel are available.

Both rows are spacious, especially the rear seats, which have enough head- and legroom even for tall people. On the downside, a few critics think the front seats aren't as exquisite as those found in other Volvos, and the back seats aren’t all that supportive. The doors are wide, making it easy to get in and out of the vehicle. There are two sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats, and the large doors make it easy to get car seats into the XC40.

  • Back seat legroom is good, but the seats themselves lack thigh support, which is both surprising and disappointing." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Back-seat space is adult friendly, and the rear doors are large and open wide to make loading a child's car seat easier." -- Car and Driver
  • "At least as importantly, there is more useful space here than in some competitors, and especially rear head and legroom compared to a Q3 or GLA." -- Autoweek

Interior Features

Standard features in the XC40 include automatic climate control, an air quality system, an eight-speaker audio system, satellite radio, two USB ports, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and the Sensus Connect infotainment system with a 9-inch touch screen. Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera, traffic sign recognition, lane keep assist, oncoming lane mitigation, road departure mitigation, driver drowsiness monitoring, rear collision warning, and Volvo’s City Safety, which delivers warnings and brakes automatically when a collision is imminent.

Available features include a panoramic sunroof, keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation, a cooled glove box, a 13-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, and wireless smartphone charging. Available driver assistance features include adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, active bending headlights, a surround-view camera system, front and rear parking sensors, the Pilot Assist semiautonomous driving system, and parallel, perpendicular, and rear park assist.

As you'd expect, the XC40 isn’t short on safety tech. Many rivals offer some of the driver assistance technology you can get in this Volvo, but these features work exceptionally smoothly in the XC40. The XC40 also offers a semiautonomous driving system. These types of systems are only available in a few other vehicles on the market.

The infotainment system, however, is not always easy to use. The screen can be hard to read because of its small fonts. There are also a lot of touch-screen buttons and few physical controls, which some users may not like.

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  • As far as Volvo's Sensus touchscreen infotainment system goes, I'm of the opinion that the company has outsmarted itself by using tiny, tough-to-read fonts and too many menus to cram as much text and as many options as possible onto the display. Thus, I give Volvo an 'A' for effort, but a 'C' for execution." -- New York Daily News
  • I'd like more hard buttons—for the fan, airflow direction and temperature, say—but Volvo's Sensus interface is fairly easy to get a grip on (more so, presumably, for people who grew up manipulating smart phones and tablets)." -- Autoweek
  • "As with all contemporary and historic Volvos, it is also laden with safety tech. It's boring to list it all at this point, because just about every well-optioned upscale vehicle has all of this gear. … But Volvo's driver assistance package gets extra credit for being smooth and highly functional, which doesn't seem as if it's saying much, except when you consider the ping-ponging, herky-jerky, crashy-scary nature of some of these systems. It instills confidence that you are actually driving, but it asserts that it can help when you want it to, sometimes, which is how these things should work." -- Autoblog


The XC40 has 47.2 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded down. That’s not the lowest total in the class, but several competitors have higher maximum cargo capacities. A power liftgate is standard, and a hands-free power liftgate is available. Power-folding second-row seats are also available.

Though it’s a bit below average, the XC40’s cargo space provides plenty of versatility. You can divide or tier the cargo area to improve storage ability, and there’s an under-floor storage area for protecting valuables. The cabin provides several small-item storage spaces.

  • The load floor can be triangulated to limit the movement of objects placed in back, or tiered to increase floor space, and the cargo blind/parcel shelf can store underneath the load floor so you don't have to leave it if you want to take it out." -- Autoweek
  • "Just check out the cargo hold, which hosts an ingenious folding divider that can segregate your groceries and your outdoor gear, and also hosts the heretofore unimagined ability to store the package shelf completely hidden when it's not in use." -- Autoblog
  • The hatch can be opened and closed with a quick kick under the rear bumper, and there's a two-piece floor that can be folded up and integrates grocery-bag holders. Rear seats fold 60/40 and have a small pass-through for long, narrow objects. Removing the parcel shelf is simple, and it can be stored, upside down, under the floor." -- Car and Driver
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