Volvo’s first compact SUV, the Volvo XC40, has added yet another award to its trophy cabinet, with BBC Top Gear Magazine naming it SUV of the year. This adds to the 2018 European Car of the Year title and the maximum 5-star Euro NCAP rating already awarded.
In particular, the judging process highlighted the XC40 as a ‘considered, thoughtful and effective machine’ with a ‘comfy drive’ and sense of ‘all-weather security’, whilst earlier Top Gear Magazine reviews declared that ‘Volvo has made something distinctive’, highlighting that ‘the values of an SUV correspond with many of the values of Volvo’.
Launched in September 2017 to an unprecedented public response, the XC40 is primarily designed for urban life but has the capabilities for the open road in all weathers, especially those equipped with all-wheel drive.
The grade line-up gives customers a wide range of options, from Momentum to R-Design and the luxurious Inscription models, with all trims also available in an even better equipped ‘Pro’ form.
A high level of base specification includes Sensus Navigation featuring a 9” touch screen and voice control, Volvo On Call connected services platform, automatic LED headlights with active high beam, a 12.3” TFT Crystal driver’s information display, selectable drive mode settings and city safety functions which recognise and highlight many common accident risks.
Jon Wakefield, Volvo Car UK Managing Director, said: ‘Our entry into the fiercely competitive compact premium SUV market has proved an exceptional success, with the XC40 earning widespread praise from critics and customers alike. It might be the smallest SUV in our line-up, but it encapsulates everything we’re aiming to deliver as a brand in terms of striking, modern design, effective, intelligent use of new technologies, along with innovative engineering and unparalleled safety.’
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