Compact luxury SUVs are multiplying faster than emojis on your phone’s keyboard. The look of these me-too trucklets is just as confounding, with body shapes that are little more than shrunken versions of their siblings’. (Looking at you, Audi and BMW.) With its two-row crossover aimed at young urban sophisticates, though, Volvo let its designers do more than just hit “scale” in their CAD program. The XC40 is its own animal, with a strong, squared-up look, aggressively high beltline, clamshell hood, and sloped rear windows. It’s not making any apologies for being small.
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