Volvo is on a tear as of late when it comes to good-looking vehicles — just look at the 2019 XC40. Everything from the new XC90 SUV to the silly-gorgeous S90 and V90 sedan/wagon is top-notch in terms of design, and unique, too. I think Volvo is cutting a new path in the industry — while other similar automakers (Lexus, Benz, BMW) are still crafting cars that look, for lack of a better word, windswept, Volvo’s sheet metal is beautifully finished and satisfying to behold. A perfectly coiffed style rather than an entire-can-of-mousse-in-a-wind-tunnel look.
Furthering that innovation is Care by Volvo, a program introduced along with the new XC40. It’s an all-inclusive, flat-fee leasing program with added perks. “Everything but fuel is basically included in one flat rate,” says Lex Kerssemakers, Volvo president and CEO. That means insurance, maintenance, etc., is all part of the monthly cost. What’s more, lessees can upgrade/get a new car as early as 12 months in.
As for the car itself, aside from being a looker, it also boasts some great specs and features. The first version available will be the T5, with all-wheel-drive and a 247 horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that lists for a tick over $35,000. This will be supplemented by a front-drive version later on and then alt-fuel versions after that. No doubt tech from Volvo’s larger vehicles will carry over — since it’s tremendous, that’s a very good thing. Also look for an app that enables car-sharing via digital “keys.”
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