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Volvo XC40 T5 AWD Momentum the Go To Compact SUV

Despite steadily rising prices the most common lament of car shoppers is frustration over the uniform look of cars these days.

So when considering the latest edition of the Volvo XC40 T5 AWD Momentum compact SUV, the grudging acceptance that all modern vehicles must conform to a fairly narrow set of design standards for safety, performance and efficiency reasons, is mitigated by the fact that Volvo set many of those standards over nearly a century.

While the new Volvo design palette has become more refined, the new version of the rectangular grille and logo is familiar even as the front head lamps get a very contemporary update.

Though the new Volvos look more athletic, a throwback clamshell hood is nicely integrated into the modern profile.
And under that hood is a very satisfying 2 liter inline-4 cylinder producing an exuberant 284 horsepower, which coupled with AWD roadability, makes this crossover SUV fun to drive and surprising in so many ways.

In addition to high and low speed alacrity, the $36,000 base priced Volvo XC40 also pulls its weight literally with a 3,500 towing rating.