Recently Volvo released its advanced and most well-equipped SUV XC40 which breezed through Euro-NCAP tests with an impressive five-star rating. The Swedish car maker launched this automobile in India in the middle of 2018, and within two weeks the company sold an unbelievable 200 units. The SUV is currently available at a price tag of INR 39.9 lakh to INR 42.9 lakh (ex-showroom). There are three variants- Momentum, R-Design and Inscription with the Momentum being the base-spec configuration and the Inscription top-spec Variant. The SUV is available in India in three premium colours- Crystal White Pearl, Fusion Red Metallic, and Bursting Blue Metallic. The automobile experts are expecting XC40 to take on other entry-level premium compact SUVs including Mercedes-Benz GLA, Audi Q3, and BMW X1.
Externally XC40 is longer, wider and taller than its arch-rival Audi Q3, and has a larger wheelbase as well. However, the SUV is shorter than the BMW X1 as far as dimensions are concerned. The most striking change in XC40 is the absence of the signature vertical grille of Volvo. Here, you find smaller grille with horizontal slats. The central Volvo logo and the trademark Thor’s hammer LED DRLs are present here though. The 18-inch wheel is also spectacular; appropriately wrapped in 235/55 Pirelli tyres. This SUV is the first product of CMA (Compact Modular Architecture) platform of Volvo and Geely Auto, its present parent company.
The interiors of XC40 are very spacious and have a youthful character. The seats remain draped in a tasteful combination of leather and Alcantara material with appealing white stitching. You also find ‘Lava’ orange felt lining on the floors and seats. There are a few hard plastic areas in the lower bottom of the cabin, which makes the interiors a notch down regarding quality and feel when compares to other expensive siblings of XC40. However, Volvo has paid special attention to the infotainment in this vehicle. You get 9.0-inch vertical touchscreen taking care of most of the car’s functions and come with the advanced Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and Harman Kardon speakers. The vents of the air con are also vertical with chrome highlights.
The XC40 gets powered by 2.0-litre, four-cylinder diesel engine which offers a maximum power of 187 bhp@4000 rpm and a torque of 400 Nm@1750-2400 rpm. The 8-speed automatic gearbox makes the drive silky smooth, and you can reach 0 to100 Kmph within 7.9 seconds. The maximum speed of this car is 210 Kmph. The fuel tank has a capacity of 54 litres, and the efficiency is 18 Kmpl. The radar-based safety features include lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and pilot-assist system.
There are many advanced features in XC40 which makes investing in this car a wise decision.
• The car has ample space for the comfort of the riders. Even the boot space is 586 Litres. You may expand this up to 1336-litre by folding the rear seats. • The 8-speed automatic transmission and the powerful2.0-litre, four-cylinder diesel engine makes driving this car an easy affair. • Safety is of prime importance in Volvo, so you get the latest radar-based safety features in this SUV. • The 9-inch infotainment system along with Harman Kardon speakers is one of the best in the industry.
There are certain things which you may not like in XC40.
• Some parts of the interiors are in hard plastics which you cannot expect in a premium SUV. • Many car experts do not like bright orange interiors. It does not offer a refined and tasteful look. • The door opening for the rear seats are quite narrow making it difficult for the elderly to ride this car.
Finally, we can say if you are looking for a youthful and sporty premium SUV then XC40 is the right choice for you. However, there are some drawbacks, which you need to consider before making the final decision.