2018 Volvo XC40: First Drive Review
- May 25, 2018
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Volvo has launched its most affordable SUV, the XC40, in India today. It joins the XC60 and XC90 and completes the company’s range of SUVs here. Available in a single top-level trim, the Volvo XC40 D4 R-Design is priced at Rs 39.9 lakh (ex-showroom India). Do note that the price is introductory.
The XC40 could be the most popular car Volvo has ever launched in the country. It is stylish, compact yet spacious, powered by a diesel motor and, most importantly, is affordable. In fact, the demand for the XC40 is so large worldwide that Volvo expects some delays in deliveries to customers even though it has ramped up production - if you want one, better book yours early!
The Volvo XC40 is a head-turner, which should help it stand out in a segment consisting of other exciting-looking SUVs that cater to a younger crowd. The signature ‘Thor’s Hammer’ LED headlamps, studded-grille and waterfall taillamps are there but the XC40 has its own design theme going on. Unlike its bigger siblings, the XC40 is edgier and looks like a proper SUV instead of a hatchback on stilts.
The XC40 is as exciting to be in as it is to look at from the outside. This is accentuated by the orange interior upholstery (you can get it changed to all-black if you feel that’s too exciting). Eye-catching details include the large 9.0-inch Sensus touchscreen, 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, vertical A/C vents, faux-stud trim, leather-suede mixed seat covers and a panoramic sunroof.
In true Volvo tradition, the XC40 is also very safe. It is the only SUV in its class to get a radar-based driving assist and safety assist system. The XC40 can steer itself on well-marked roads, maintain a consistent distance from the vehicle ahead when cruising on the highway and also steer away from or brake before a potential accident happens.
Powering the Volvo XC40 is a 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine that develops 190PS of maximum power and 400Nm of peak torque. Power is sent through an 8-speed automatic transmission and an intelligent AWD system. Though it is one of the more powerful SUVs in this segment, the XC40 is not fun to drive - you can read out first drive review to find out why.
Volvo may offer the XC40 with a petrol motor - a 2.0-litre 250PS/350Nm motor - if it sees a demand for it. You can read our review of the petrol-powered XC40 here. The baby SUV is also due to become the first all-electric Volvo in 2019, and Volvo India plans to follow the company’s directive of becoming greener by 2025. So there is reason enough to believe the all-electric XC40 will make its way to India too.
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