Tested: 2023 Volvo XC40 B5 Combines Cuteness and Competence

The Volvo XC40 is just the kind of car that today's consumers appear to want. The XC40 is one of the most endearing variations on the subcompact-luxury-crossover concept.

 It is tall, boxy, elegant, and comfy. Since it originally debuted for 2019, we've loved it a lot, and various upgrades for 2023 make it even more appealing.

 A redesigned engine selection and enhancements to its Android-based infotainment system are among 

 the modifications for the 2017 model year, in addition to somewhat sharper aesthetics and a few interesting new colours.

The 2023 XC40 we tried was dressed in the appealing $695 Sage Green Metallic colour you see here.

Core, Plus, and Ultimate trim levels have replaced 

Momentum, R-Design, and Inscription.