I've been driving a 2020 XC40 loaner for the past several days while my 2017 XC60 T5 inscription is in the shop. I also have had a 2015 V60 RD.
I looked at and took a very brief test drive of a XC40 last year and was on the waiting list of a European Delivery until the allocation got used up and decided to postpone a delivery because we were planning a EU vacation with the vehicle and the timing was not working.
The XC40 im driving is a 2020 momentum fully loaded with all the electronics and packages, no sun roof but still has cloth seats. Has the T5 AWD and a polestar tune, with 19" optional wheels...Other than the polestar tune, this was almost what I speced out last year.
Impressions were not what i expected. Glad I was able to drive for several days. The XC40 seems top heavy, especially compared to even my older XC60. Even with 19" wheels, the car was not as nimble weaving thru traffic. The drivetrain, with AWD, is certainly much better than the severe torque steer I experience with my FWD XC60, but the car is not nearly as balanced driving as my 2013 BMW X135i with Xdrive. ( I'm looking to replace the X1 with XC40 for my daughter) Acceleration and throttle control, holding gears, etc is very good for the T5, especially with the Polestar Tune, but i drive my XC60 almost exclusively in sport mode, so the response is similar but not hugely dramatic. Not sure if the Polestar at $1000 to $1300 is worth more than a V.3 Sprintbooster or some other type of throttle controller for $300...
The adaptive cruise and Pilot assist are both very herky jerky... The cruise seems to be much more severe in braking and not consistent, especially in slow speed stop and go traffic. My current XC60 is very smooth and consistent, even in sport mode. The Pilot Assist function, for me, is almost unusable as it seems to wander around in its lane almost constantly, with no null point for practical high speed open road driving. Even in slow speed traffic, it is always moving the car when it really doesn't need to. I've used some from other brands when i rented vehicles on business trips and this is certainly the worst.
The interior of the car is nice and attractive but the big screen certainly takes getting used to and is not very intuitive. I guess it is best to try and set it up once and forget it...The 360 degree camera is nice but I have not found a way to make it the default view. Neither have i found a way to make the Polestar Drive mode default.
Access getting in and out of the car is good and the back seat room is adequate but tough for folks over 6' tall. The standard front seats are also adequate but don't compare the the Volvo Sport seats I had in my V60 RD. They were the best seats ever.
Bottom line, not what I expected but will need to reconsider if an RDesign is worth the price, compared to other offerings out there.
Just my $0.02