Ride review: The all-new Volvo XC40, a compact luxury SUV
Looking at making a bold entry in the entry-level luxury SUV market with their new XC40, Volvo seems to have another winner on their hands. After all, this car leaves no stone unturned when it comes to delivering what people expect from a luxury vehicle.
The XC40 is the smallest SUV for the Indian market from the brand and its design follows the lines that we have seen on the larger XC60 and XC90. The proportions have been drawn to perfection and the end result is a vehicle that looks elite and sporty at the same time. The striking grille, smart active bending headlights, and typical taillights are all part of the package as are those stunning alloys which add to the overall appeal of this machine.
Settle inside the rather spacious cabin and you will be greeted by a very upmarket interior. The cabin has been crafted from the finest materials and the fit and finish is a touch above its closest competitors. On top of that, the manufacturer has ensured that you get everything which includes a 9-inch touchscreen in the centre with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless charging for your mobile phone, keyless entry and start/stop, park pilot assist, a Harmon Kardon music system, a panoramic sunroof plus a power-operated tailgate which gives you access to the 586-litre boot. You also get a lot of smart storage areas to put away knick-knacks.
The model comes fitted with a 2.0-litre diesel engine that delivers 190 hp of power and 400 Nm of torque. It is mated to an 8-speed Geartronic automatic transmission with the power going to all four wheels via the Haldex AWD system. It is powerful, fast, and frugal, which makes it a delight to drive. Add to that, the car also gets radar-based active safety systems to keep you in check and if you do venture off-road, the hill-start assist and descent control sure come in handy.
Set to compete against the likes of the Audi Q3, Mercedes-Benz GLA, and BMW X1, the Volvo XC40 does come out shining. It is packed with features, a blast to drive, and a strikingly good-looking machine that ticks all the right boxes.
Expected to be priced competitively, the XC40 should be available for `35-40 lakh when it hits showrooms in July 2018.