Even though the Volvo XC40 is the company’s smallest SUV to date, it still doesn’t skimp on both quality and safety features.

I got to test out the 2019 Volvo XC40 T5 Momentum for about a week, and it’s great compact SUV that can be loaded up a number of technology features.

Design

The Volvo XC40 takes cues from the XC60 and the XC90 but just in a more compact design. The SUV has a rounded boxy design that looks good. The XC40 can fit five people but the back is slightly cramped and made for just two people rather than three.

The Volvo XC40 has two displays, one 12.3-inch Driver Display which is the Digital Instrumental Cluster and the other is the 9-inch Volvo Sensus Connect touch display.

Using the Sensus Connect touchscreen is fairly easy to use, you can do some functions via voice command but Volvo’s voice control isn’t that great.

The Volvo XC40 that I tested had a number of tech features including something called PilotAssist. Essentially, it combines Adaptive Cruise Control (which is cruise control but can automatically change your speed depending on vehicles in front of you) plus automatic steering to keep you in the lanes.

To activate Pilot Assist on the Volvo XC40, just press right arrow then the center button the left side of the steering wheel. You can adjust your speed and also how much of a distance you want to keep from cars in front of you.

On the other side of the steering wheel is where you’ll find the voice control button, a menu button to control the digital instrument cluster, volume controls and next & previous.

The vehicle I tested also had Park Pilot Assist which will park your vehicle for you. It did work but not every single time. There was also a 360-degree Surround View camera which is high-quality and makes it easier when backing out. There is one camera in the front and back and then one camera on each side mirror.

The Volvo XC40 also came with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. I tested it using my Pixel 2 XL, it’s great to see Volvo include both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, I did have some issues with Android Auto with crashing once or twice. It may have something to do with Android Auto and Android 9 Pie on my Pixel 2 XL.

The XC40 also had the Harman/Kardon sound system which sounded great with a lot of bass.

The Volvo XC40 starts at $39,900 CAD but you’ll have to pay for some extras mentioned in my review.

The XC40 Momentum comes with the following as standard:

  • Smartphone Integration and USB Hub (Apple CarPlay / Android Auto)
  • Volvo On-Call incl. Remote Start & Vehicle Tracking w/ 4 Year Subscription
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio w/ 6-Month Subscription
  • 12.3” Driver Display (Digital Instrument Cluster)
  • High-Performance Audio
  • Volvo Sensus Connect w/ 9″ Touchscreen
  • Power Driver Seat incl. Seat Memory and Four-Way Power Lumbar Support
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Textile Floor Mats, Front / Rear
  • Unideco Inlay In Steering Wheel
  • LED Headlights
  • Park Assist Camera
  • Rain Sensor
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Manually Dimmed Inner Mirror
  • Cruise Control
  • City Safety incl. Low & High-Speed Collision Mitigation
  • Lane Keeping Aid incl. Run-Off-Road and Oncoming Lane Mitigation
  • Drive Mode Settings
  • Single Zone Electronic Climate Control
  • Leatherette Upholstery
  • Plastic Tread Plates, Front
  • Leather Steering Wheel
  • Leather Gear Shift Knob
  • Urban Grid Decor Inlays (Aluminium)
  • Bright Roof Rails
  • Interior Mid Level Illumination
  • 18” Alloy Momentum Wheels (235/55 R18)

The XC40 I tested also come with the following packages:

Vision Package – $1,800 CAD

  • Blind Spot Information System & Cross Traffic Alert
  • Automatically Dimmed Inner & Exterior Mirrors
  • Retractable Rear-view Mirrors
  • Park Assist Pilot w/ Park Assist Front & Rear
  • 360-degree Surround View Camera

Climate Package – $1,250 CAD

  • Heated Washer Nozzles
  • Heated Steering Wheels
  • Heated Rear Seats
  • Headlight High-Pressure Cleaning

Convenience Package – $1,600 CAD

  • Power Operated Tailgate
  • Pilot Assist – Semi-Autonomous Drive System w/ Adaptive Cruise Control
  • HomeLink
  • Compass
  • Storage Box with Lid Under Driver Seat Cushion
  • Power Release of Rear Seats
  • Foldable Cargo Floor w/ Grocery Bag Holder
  • 12V Power Outlet in Cargo Area
  • Inductive Charging for Smartphones
  • Power Child Lock, Rear Doors

Momentum Plus Package – $2,600 CAD

  • Premium Sound
  • Leather Seats
  • Keyless Entry
  • Power Passenger Seat
  • LED Front Fog Lights
  • Interior High-Level Illumination

The total cost of the Volvo XC40 I tested was $48,050 CAD.

Software & Connectivity

The Volvo XC40 comes with the company’s Sensus infotainment system. It can be controlled via the touchscreen in the center of the dashboard or voice in a limited capacity.

Volvo did announce earlier this year, a partnership with Google to update their Sensus infotainment system to make it based off of Android and integrate the Google Assistant into their vehicles. No word on when we’ll see this next generation version of Sensus.

Volvo’s voice control in the XC40 needs a lot of work, as it hardly hears your responses and makes you frustrated in the process. If you do connect your phone using Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, then you can use Google Assistant or Siri instead of Volvo’s voice control.

The main screen is divided into four sections, Navigation, Media, Phone and the last section varies depending on the mode. If you have your phone connected, then the bottom section of the touchscreen will show your Android Auto or Apple CarPlay.

I tested Android Auto on the XC40 using my Pixel 2 XL and it worked well for the most part but for some reason, it would sometimes crash or be very laggy.

If you swipe of the left, that’s where you’ll find the driving featured like Lane Keeping Aid, Parking Assist, Cross Traffic Alert, Auto Start/Stop, Cameras and more.

At the very bottom of the Sensus touchscreen is where you can control the heating and air conditioning.

When you swipe to the right, is where you’ll find all the types of media and various apps. The Sensus touchscreen is very smooth and responsive and feels like navigating your phone. Below the main touchscreen is where you’ll find the home button for Sensus and below that are the hazards lights button, play/pause, skip/reward and drive mode button.

Some functions of the XC40 can also be controlled via the Volvo On Cars app for Android or iOS. The app lets you lock/unlock the XC40 and even remote start the vehicle.

Final Thoughts

Overall, the Volvo XC40 is a great premium small SUV that offers plenty of technology and features even in the base model. But if you want any of the semi-autonomous driving or parking features, you’ll have to pay extra for those.

Pros

  • Volvo’s Sensus infotainment system is smooth and responsive
  • Android Auto & Apple CarPlay
  • Pilot Assist works well
  • Comes with a whole host of safety features
  • Nice premium interior styling
  • Various storage compartments and useful features

Cons

  • Self-parking feature isn’t fully fleshed out
  • Not-so-smooth ride
  • Sensus voice control needs work

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