Juliet reviews…the VOLVO XC40

The Volvo XC40 is by no means a new car, in fact, it was launched back in 2018, but having spent the past week driving the T5 AWD R-Design, it re-ignited my love not only for this brand, but for the XC40 itself.

New Volvo XC40 – exterior

This compact SUV has been quite a success story for Volvo, and so it should be. It looks great, is practical, safe and offers new levels of luxury. I spent the holidays in the XC40s much larger sibling, the XC90, and the only difference one can really feel between these two is the size. That is saying something. Although more budget-friendly and compact, the XC40 feels as premium.

What’s even more exciting is that last year Volvo revealed its new XC40 Recharge. This is to be the Swedish marque’s first fully electric car. It is based on the standard XC40 and has a claimed range of 400 km on a single charge. And it is no slouch apparently, with a power output of 300 kW. It will take about 40 minutes to charge up to 80% (Eskom depending, obviously) on a fast-charger system. There is time frame on when we can expect this car, but Volvo plans to launch a fully electric car evert year for the next five years.

New Volvo XC40 – exterior

But back to the standard XC40, for now. Volvo now has a Volvo On Call (VOC) button on the right top of the rear-view mirror and for any emergencies the SOS button on the left can be pressed. These need to be depressed for at least two seconds. The VOC is pretty cool for when you find yourself in a pickle and need directions. Sure, you can pull over and tap in to the navigation or try Waze or Google Maps on your phone, but as you know, South Africa can be a dangerous place and so pulling over is sometimes not an option.

Speaking of danger, one of the many reasons I love the Volvo brand is because of the safety features on offer. The XC40 T5 Geartronic AWD R-Design is loaded with safety spec and can be considered one of, if not, the safest compact SUV on the road. It includes features such as City Safety which detects pedestrians, cyclists, large animals and front collisions. The car will automatically brake for you if it detects any of these things. The XC40 also boasts Driver Alert Control with Lane Keeping Aid, Road Sign Information Display, Rear Park Assist, and Intelligent Driver Information System. The inductive charging pad will ensure your phone never dies.

The 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine claims a fuel consumption of 7.7l/100 km. I was averaging around 9l/100km but I did a ton of town driving. With 185 kW and 350 Nm, power is sufficient.

After driving the XC40 again, I am reminded as to how much I love this car. If you are in the market for a compact SUV or family car, look no further than the XC40.

Pricing of the XC40 T5 Geartronic AWD R-Design starts at R693 000.

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