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The Volvo S60 is a premium SUV from Sweden that competes with German luxury SUVs such as the Mercedes GLA, Audi Q3, and BMW X1. But, unlike all of its German rivals, the XC40 has its personality and way of doing things. It has a beautiful exterior, luxury amenities, a relaxing driving experience, and plenty of safety features.
In July 2018, Volvo made its entry into the entry-level luxury SUV market with the XC40 D4 diesel. Volvo's smallest SUV was powered by a 2-litre diesel engine that churns out 190 hp and was available in a single top-of-the-line R-Design model. The XC40 was introduced at a starting price of Rs 39.90 lakh (ex-showroom) and quickly became a popular entry point into Volvo's SUV lineup.
Later, in December 2019, Volvo launched the XC40 T4 R-Design BS6 in India. While it featured some slight modifications on the outside and inside, the Volvo XC40 T4 R-Design became Volvo's first offering in the affordable SUV class. Yes, Volvo ditched the 2-litre diesel motor and went pure petrol.
The Volvo XC40 is powered by a 2.0 litre (1969 cc) 4-cylinder turbo petrol engine churning out 190 hp of maximum power and 300 Nm of peak torque.
All the power is channelled to the front wheels via an 8-speed torque converter. As per Volvo, the XC40 will hit 100 kmph from a standstill in 8.4 seconds and can reach an electronically limited top speed of 180 kph.
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The Volvo XC40 is a premium SUV that prides itself on being different from the German competitors, with a distinctive design inside and out and a smooth driving experience. Its cosy cabin has a simple Scandinavian aesthetic, and in general, the XC40 prioritises relaxation over sportiness. Volvo also went from diesel to pure petrol for the XC40 SUV with its mid-life update in late 2019. This is also in line with the company's wider plans in India, where it hopes to transition to an almost completely electric vehicle fleet in the next five years.
In 2022, Volvo will introduce the XC40 Recharge SUV in the country. It features a 78 kWh lithium-ion battery along with twin 204-bhp electric motors that simulate an all-wheel-drive system. The combined power and torque outputs stand at 408bhp and 660Nm, respectively, enough to propel this electric SUV to 100 kmph from a standstill in just 4.9 seconds The DC fast charger can charge the battery pack up to 80% in 40 minutes. On a full charge, the electric SUV has a WLTP-certified range of 418 kilometres.
Volvo offers the XC40 in a single top-of-the-line Variant: T4 R-Design. It comes in six attractive colours: Bright Silver, Crystal White, Bursting Blue, Black Stone, Osmium Grey, Bright Silver, and Fusion Red.
Top features on the Volvo XC40 include dual-zone climate control, panoramic sunroof, LED headlights, active cornering lights, wireless phone charger, adaptive cruise control, auto wipers, air purifier, powered tailgate, 9-inch touch screen with Android Auto and Apple Carplay, satellite navigation, powered front seats, driver seat memory, digital instrument cluster, and 600W Harman Kardon Audio System.
The Volvo XC40 comes with a five-star safety rating from Global NCAP. Its key safety features include 7 airbags, rear-view camera, hill start assist, hill descent control, collision mitigation system, road sign recognition, front and rear parking sensors, tire pressure monitoring system, lane hold function, ABS, and run-off road protection.
The Volvo XC40 is available at Rs 43.25 lakh (ex-showroom).
The Volvo XC40 competes with other luxury limousines in the Indian market, such as the Audi Q3, Mercedes-Benz GLA, and the BMW X1.
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The equipment list on the XC40 is massive; in fact, its features list is at par with cars one segment above.
Beautifully designed and put together cabin, with plenty of classy touches all around.
Offers impeccable safety with a host of driver safety assistance aids.
The 2-litre petrol motor has great low and mid-range reserves of power, as a result, driving around in the city or at triple-digit speeds at the highway is a piece of cake.
Great driving balance; inspires good confidence at high speeds.
All touch buttons on the centre console can be a bit difficult to use on the go.
Rear seats aren't all that comfortable as they are placed excessively low and the backrest is a bit too upright.
Ride quality over rocky patches of road isn't very plush; larger potholes produce a loud thud, and the ordinary steel springs channel a lot of the impact to the cabin.
Limited sales and service network
The Volvo XC40 is a unique take on the typical conventional SUV design. The portrait-oriented 9.0-inch touchscreen, like that of other Volvos, is the focal focus of the cabin. You'd want a couple of extra physical buttons to run everyday functions, just like in other Volvos. The cabin's rich materials and simple design provide a soothing environment. In terms of features, the XC40 offers plenty of creature comforts. The front seats are comfortable but those in the back will find the seats to be excessively low and the backrest to be too upright. Furthermore, the narrow rear-door apertures are inconvenient. The 190hp 2-litre petrol engine in the Volvo XC40 is refined for the most part, but it becomes a little abrasive at higher rpm. The XC40's petrol engine is pleasant to drive, but it lacks the oomph you'd expect.
A power output of 190 hp and 300 Nm from a 2-litre petrol motor is typical of this class, and it works like that too. In everyday use, the XC40 can take pretty much whatever you throw at it. The sole disadvantage is the NVH levels; over 3,000 rpm, the motor gets too vocal. However, it isn't particularly athletic, and if you want to carve corners, the BMW X1 is a better option.
The XC40 T4 has a few shortcomings, but they're minor in comparison to what it offers. It has the most stunning design in a segment when all of its competitors have a hatchback vibe. The inexhaustible comfort and safety features are a deal-breaker but you also get the greatest cabin in this market. The primary strength of XC40, though, appears to be its honesty. The XC40 has no pretensions. Altogether, the XC40 is easy to like because of its peaceful demeanour and focus on true luxury.
Body Type SUV
Fuel Type Diesel
ARAI Mileage 18.0 kmpl
City Mileage 13.56 kmpl
Seating Capacity 5