The XC40 is the result of Volvo deciding to get into the compact SUV arena. Volvo is already admired and respected for its large XC90 which many school mums swear by, and the medium XC60 which also became a worldwide hit.
This may be because it was the first car that automatically stopped when it was about to crash into something. Looking back, it seems a sensible, even intelligent, thing to do but at the time it was regarded as being revolutionary and unusual.
Now Volvo has launched the compact XC40 and happily we have an SUV with a distinctive, youthful look but which is, in essence, a true Volvo with most of the technology and the same driver-assist and safety systems of its larger siblings.
The XC40 is pleasant to drive, especially with its high driving position. Steering is light and the engine has ample power, it’s a peaceful cruiser on the highway, the suspension is great and is clever enough to easily handle the times you go off-road.
The inside has much of the Nordic charm of the bigger Volvos but it has been modernised and even revolutionised. It is refreshingly bold but you still have the large user-friendly centre screen and driver display (plus LED headlights and 18-inch wheels) completely standard, as are Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Intelligent design is clear everywhere, such as the small touches like the hook for a handbag in front and the hooks for the shopping in back. In fact, the XC40 has the best storage solutions. End of story. Seats are terrific, like in all Volvos, rear leg and headroom are generous and there are plenty of ports for everyone to charge their devices.
Let’s not be afraid of showing our individuality, and Volvo has made something nicely distinctive in the all-new XC40, the latest and youngest member of the Volvo family.
ENGINE 2.0-litre turbocharged DOHC, 16 valves, variable valve timing
MAX POWER 248 hp (185 kW) @ 5,500 rpm
MAX TORQUE 350 Nm/258 lb-ft from 1,800 rpm
ACCELERATION 0 – 60 mph (97 kph) in 6.1 secs
DRIVELINE Geartronic 8-speed shiftable smooth automatic with responsive All-Wheel-Drive (AWD)
EXTERIOR From the bold front grille to beautifully detailed taillights it’s every inch a Volvo, patently Scandinavian; powerful stance and excellent visibility; LED headlights with Volvo’s unique T-shaped light signature; high ground clearance, special large alloy wheels and true SUV proportions, plus youthful colour schemes make it distinctly XC40
INTERIOR Inspiring is the word – not only beautiful but even more in the forward-thinking details that set Volvo interiors apart; think exquisite, environment-conscious, uncluttered, sculpted, innovative and minimalist; think ingenious craftsmanship; easy to use centre touchscreen, high-resolution 12.3-inch digital driver display; smart ways to use, store and charge your smartphones – AND really, really smart storage
SAFETY/SECURITY Volvo leads safety innovation with industry-leading visionary technologies that help prevent accidents and protect those involved; City Safety is standard and plays a key role in the Volvo vision that by 2020 no one will be killed or seriously injured in a Volvo car: ask for a brochure – it makes reassuring reading
See the XC40 Momentum or R-Design up close and personal at the showroom on Khalifa Street to appreciate all their glorious detail and safety features and all those ultra practical storage solutions. You’ll see why there are many reasons why the brilliant new Volvo XC40 is voted Car of the Year 2018.
Khalifa Street is where you can touch, and feel, a new Volvo for yourself; staff will be happy to arrange a test drive of the new Volvo XC40 Momentum or R-Design, or any of its cars and SUVs. Call 4424 6860 or visit their website.
Author: Terry Sutcliffe
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