The XC40 design is really distinctive and the R-Design, especially in Sport mode, adds powerful, zippy performance; it’s a super SUV for city driving plus it takes any challenges that tough, off-road terrain and climate may pose.

High ground clearance, large wheels and true SUV proportions give it a powerful stance. And from the strong front grille to the beautifully detailed tail lights, the new individualistic XC40 is still undeniably a Volvo. Uniquely Scandinavian and unmistakably urban, and with very competitive prices.

The T5 R-Design gives you the security of all-wheel drive, coupled with the more powerful turbocharged 248 hp engine. It comes standard with navigation, dynamic suspension hardware, a panoramic roof, and a sporting appearance. My car had adaptive cruise control with a semi-autonomous mode, a 360-degree surround-view camera and the interior was delightful: luxurious and supportive black leather seats, white contrast stitching and textured metallic door and dash inserts to add to the XC40’s funkiness.

Volvo XC40 T5 R-Design dashboard

Wherever you take your XC40, you feel in total control. With the same engine as the larger XC60, performance is great and you can feel the agile, energetic response as you drive. Select the mode to suit your mood, adjusting the engine, automatic gearbox, Electronic Stability Control, steering and Start/Stop settings. In the city or on the open road the sophisticated suspension always gives a great ride and the all-wheel drive delivers improved traction, more efficient acceleration and even more security in slippery conditions. The XC40 R-Design always feels stable and playful, thanks in large part to steering that is light, sharp, and responsive.

Smart powertrains give you the responsiveness you want, plus low emissions and fuel consumption. There’s no need to compromise. It’s all thanks to the new family of sophisticated turbocharged engines. These compact, lightweight powertrains balance smooth power with efficiency. And they keep weight at the front of the car to a minimum, which improves handling agility.

Volvo XC40 T5 R-Design 4

Now, forget the technology for a moment and just enjoy the outstanding interior environment, especially the R-Design. You don’t even need to drive anywhere to enjoy it! But please, get a brochure or go to the showroom on Khalifa Street to appreciate all the glorious details and safety features in the new XC40 and all those ultra practical storage solutions. There’s a reason – indeed many reasons – why the brilliant new Volvo XC40 was voted Car of the Year.

With the worldwide success story of the all-new XC40, Volvo again proves that they have what it takes to be a member of the motoring elite.

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; Volvo’s SENSUS Connect Infotainment system viewed on prominent easy-to-use 9.0-inch centre touchscreen (think iPad), plus attractive high-resolution 12.3-inch digital dash and dials; smart ways to use, store and wi-fi 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 no one should be killed or seriously injured in a Volvo car: ask for a brochure – it makes reassuring reading

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 R-Design or any of its practical SUVs and sleek sedans. Call 4424 6860 or visit to learn more. 

Author: Terry Sutcliffe

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