Engines: Volvo will offer a 190-hp four-cylinder 2.0-liter diesel and a 250-hp four-cylinder 2.0-liter gasoline engine at launch. Both engines will be mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and come with all-wheel drive. Plug-in hybrid and full-electric variants will follow.
Safety: Standard features include Volvo's fourth-generation City Safety crash-prevention technology, which can prevent crashes at speeds up to 60 kph as well as technology that stops the car from running off the road and helps the SUV avoid a head-on collision.
Clever solutions: The XC40 is Volvo's first model with inductive charging for mobile phones and the first to offer a car-sharing option for family and friends.
New platform: The XC40 is the first Volvo underpinned by the compact modular architecture, or CMA, that the automaker co-developed with sibling brand Geely Automobile.
What's good: The car has one of the most functional interiors on the market. The highlights include enough storage space in the doors for a laptop computer and large bottle of water, a fold-out hook for small bags or take-out food and a removable waste bin in the center console.
What's bad: The optional lava orange carpet and floor mats start to look dirty very quickly.
Launch date: Q1 (Europe and U.S.); summer (China)
Base price: $36,195 (for T5 awd)
Main rivals: Audi Q3, BMW X1, Mercedes GLA
Where built: Ghent, Belgium; Luqiao, China (2018)