Thursday, 29 November 2018

2019 Volvo XC40 T5 AWD

The Volvo XC40 T5 AWD R-Design is the hottest version available for the latest, smallest and cheapest Volvo model. What makes R-Design a more aggressive suspension system, including 10% stiffer springs, rear monotube shock absorbers,
fractionally thicker stabilizers and standard 19-inch wheels. The XC40 R-Design is easily recognized by the massive exhaust pipes and the contrasting black roof panel, which extends down to the middle of the C-pillar, creating a distinctive profile
with a predictable shape. But the combination does not always win - thanks to the black finish also found on the A-pillars, B-pillars and mirrors, our test vehicle Crystal White looked as if it had been ordered by California Highway Patrol. We also tested the Amazon Blue car with a white roof in the Momentum finish, seemingly one step lower in the set, but with the same drive train
including XC40's quick illumination, wide shoulders and high rear Volvo lights. It looks like Volvo is a compliment and is solid like a Volvo, with door handles that seem heavy, and the door closes with a solid thud, but its design is more likely than larger brand SUVs. In this way, there are actually fewer Volvo's. Prices for XC40 Momentum start at just over USD 36,000. Our test example - equipped with many of the same options as our R-Design - costs 44.315 £. R-Design adds a ton of content for another $ 2,500, and our essentially loaded test vehicle with optional 20-inch wheels and Pirelli Scorpion Zero All Season tires costs $ 45,935. These numbers are competitive for all-wheel-drive cars in this class, but the front-wheel drive BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA250 start at less than $ 35,000, and the new BMW X2 starts at $ 37,395. The slightly less powerful and front-tractive variant of the T4 XC40, which joins the lineup this summer, will start at $ 34,195.
Competitive productivity
All T5 XC40 are all-wheel-driven and powered by the same turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder and eight-speed automatic, which Volvo also uses on the larger XC60. The engine is a bit harsh at high speed, and the exhaust note has no more color than the flat suction sound, but there is a lot of 248 hp at 5500 rpm.
The engine's torque is 258 lb-ft at just 1800 rpm, so the XC40 is fast from the line. Switch from the default Comfort mode to dynamic mode and you can brake the SUV torque and run it at 2800 rpm so that it reaches 60 mph in just 6.2 seconds. It's one tenth faster than Porsche says it has a turbo 2.0-liter Turbo. The Volvo covers a quarter of a mile in 14.8 seconds at 95 mph, one-tenth faster than the BMW X1 and two-tenth faster than the new BMW X2. As you might expect for the same drive train, the Momentum acceleration performance is quite similar.

The fuel mileage is average for a class packed with similar size SUVs also powered by turbocharged, 2.0-liter engines with the same power as Volvo. This is a template. The EPA estimates that the XC40 should pay 23 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. However, on average 19 mpg in mixed driving around Los Angeles with the liberal use of the aggressively tuned Volvo stop / start function that is not as smooth as it should be. We measured 21 mpg in Momentum driven around Ann Arbor, where we performed a separate fuel consumption test on a 75-mile / h highway, registering 29 mpg. The XC40 also has an Eco mode that tunes the drive train for maximum performance, but we rarely use it.With the length of 174.2 inches and 3854 pounds, the XC40 goes on the road. He feels light on his feet and quickly changes direction, features strengthened by a small diameter Volvo steering wheel and exceptionally light steering effort. Unfortunately, the larger wheels and R-Design tires and the improved suspension create a ride on rigid legs without proper improvement in handling.
XC40 R-Design circled our skid pad with 0.85g of handle, just 0.01g shorter than X1 and was no more effective than 0.84g of XC40 Momentum. This is surprising considering our Pirellis R-Design is slightly wider than the optional 19-inch Michelin Primacy MXM4 Momentum. We expected a larger gap, but the XC40 has an inconceivable and inhibiting stability control program. R-Design stopped at 70 miles per hour in 173 feet, but Momentum only required 161 feet. We would not suggest that the XC40 is even worse because of the 21-inch wheels wrapped in summer tires that Volvo offers as accessories.

On our favorite canyon roads, the XC40 T5 R-Design deals poorly with its limits, and is slightly larger than we expected from what is nominally the highest performance model. The eight-speed speed control is in line with the revolutions when using blades with blades, but the reaction time can be faster. Nevertheless, it is one of the best luxury SUVs with better performance and driving pleasure. This is especially exciting in dynamic mode, which adds a bit of weight to the steering, improves the throttle response and asks the gearbox for longer gears.

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