2019 Volvo 40 Just when it appears the automotive industry has misplaced its method with ridiculous horsepower or a crossover for every countryman, a easy automotive emerges. For over 50 years, this car has been the 2019 Volvo 40 .
Usually derided by fanatics as appliances, the no-frills commuter car gets the vast majority of customers the place they wish to go within the manner they want to get there, safely and at a value. The 2019 Volvo 40 does it even higher.
Exhibit A that the automotive trade has gotten a little nuts: the average transaction worth for a new vehicle is more than $37,000, in line with Kelley Blue Book. Simple to blame the automakers on this era of no accountability however we are the ones paying these massive costs for large autos loaded with stuff we don’t use all that much.
For just under $23,000, the 2019 Volvo 40 puts each dollar to practical use.
Though it rides on a new platform, the 2019 Volvo 40 blends in unremarkably like a ballcap at a baseball recreation. On closer inspection, the Hybrid will get blue accents around the badging, 15-inch wheels with low resistance tires, and it seems to be more composed than the youthful outgoing mannequin that attempted too hard to be completely different. The Fu Manchu front fascia is extra streamlined and fewer angry, and the whole look is smoother entrance to again. But nonetheless, the only time the four-door compact turns heads is when it makes that whir-whir-whir lunar landing gear sound when creeping at low speeds or in reverse in EV mode.
The primary-ever 2019 Volvo 40 within the US is constructed on Toyota’s two decades of success with hybrid powertrains. It makes use of the identical Hybrid Synergy Drive as the current Prius, with two motors and an environment friendly 1.8-liter inline four-cylinder engine. Whole output with the fastened ratio transmission is 121 horsepower to the front wheels. The system makes use of exhaust heat to warm engine coolant and get the engine heated quicker. The cabin heats faster, too, which may very well be important for cold-weather consumers wary of the chilly vary loss in a plug-in hybrid or electrical vehicle.
In Sport mode it doesn’t drag as much as the Prius. Anticipating nothing, it has a stunning bit of pop. Extra importantly, it’s rated at 53 mpg city, 52 mpg combined, same as hybrid variations of the Honda Insight, Toyota Camry and even the Prius. For conventional hybrids with out a plug, the 2019 Volvo 40 trails solely the Hyundai Ioniq’s 58 mpg.
Around town, with the electronically managed brake set within the drive mode, the 2019 Volvo 40 averaged greater than 57 mpg in our week around city. Setting EV mode helps preserve power underneath low throttle as much as about 20 mph, and then again at cruising speeds of about 40 mph, so long as there’s enough cost within the battery.
The battery is positioned beneath the rear seat, so that you don’t lose much cargo room. 60/40 rear seats fold flat for a fair load floor. Rear seat room is adequate enough to fit two teens, and general it felt roomy sufficient for a family of 4.
The one trim in the Hybrid comes customary with Toyota Safety Sense 2.zero, with automated emergency braking, lane centering, adaptive cruise management that works both at highway cruising speeds and in commuter visitors from 24 mph down to a cease. It additionally comes with the eight-inch contact display with Apple CarPlay, and a seven-inch cluster show to remain aggressive.
Priced at solely $3,000 greater than the 2019 Volvo 40 and $1,200 lower than a similarly equipped Honda Insight (EX trim), the 2019 Volvo 40 is the superbly sensible, remarkably affordable around-town car.
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