The car in our photo is the 2019 Volvo XC40 and in this short article weíre going to try and explain why itís one of the most desirable SUVs that you can buy.
To put this car into some form of context the XC40 is a compact premium SUV and is designed to rival the likes of the BMW X1 and Audi Q3. Given that a big part of any SUVís appeal is its design we think itís worth taking a moment to appreciate the way that this car looks. This is because we honesty canít find an angle from which it isnít completely distinctive from any other car on the market and this, in a world of look-alike SUVs, is really impressive. Thereís bags of authenticity with its bold clean lines and T-shaped headlights anchoring the XC40 as one of the Volvo family.
Whatís already great on the outside continues when you climb in this car. It has a really feel-good interior which is mainly because the XC40 borrows a lot of from Volvoís larger and more expensive cars. So what you get is lovely materials and excellent build quality. Other notes to larger Volvos include the digital dial display and the companyís portrait orientated touchscreen display system. The only downside is that the absence of physical buttons can make the system rather counter-intuitive to use. Even at a standstill this system can be a bit fiddly let alone when youíre on the move. Overall the interior as a whole is still well above average. The XC40 is a practical car too. Thereís room in the back seats for two tall adults or three kids while the boot is a good size and comes with a useful false floor.
The XC40 that weíre testing for this review has a manual gearbox and weíd have to say that itís not quite as good as the automatic that comes on the more expensive models. For a start, the change itself is just a little bit rubbery while the clutch is very light and springy. However, the biggest thing is that in a car thatís this luxurious and as calming to drive it just feels a little incongruous to have to be changing gears yourself. Itís this sense of calm thatís really important to Volvo. They want their cars to be almost like sanctuaries where you can go and recover from the stress of everyday life. Itís for the same reason that Volvo prioritises ride comfort and quietness over speed and sport handling. So, thereís no point in buying an XC40 for its detailed steering feel or perfect chassis balance. Instead youíd buy one because driving one is as relaxing as having a three week holiday on a beach.
Even on 19-inch alloys this car is excellent at absorbing lumps and bumps in the road and while there is a little tyre noise itís not all that bad. Another thing thatís worth pointing out about this particular XC40 is that itís powered by petrol rather than diesel. More specifically it has Volvoís 1.1 litre turbo unit which pushes out 156 break horse power (bhp) and will get the XC40 from 0-60 miles per hour (mph) in around 9 seconds. If you do a lot of motorway miles then weíd probably advise you to go for the diesel due to the extra grunt it has. However, if youíre mainly driving around town then the petrol unit is certainly perky enough to please. The engines are extremely quiet which further enhances the sense of serenity although the real-world fuel economy of around 35 miles to the gallon (mpg) might sting a little. This is another reason to consider a diesel engine in the XC40 because it just feels better suited to this type of car. Alternatively, you could wait for a plugin-hybrid or pure electric version of the XC40 both of which are in the pipeline.
Whatever XC40 you choose youíll benefit from the inevitably good resale values by having a car thatís so good and therefore in such high demand. What we have here is a car thatís not just another SUV but a masterclass in how to build a car that is distinctive without resorting to quirks or gimmicks. Itís because of this that this car is probably the most desirable Volvo that thereís ever been. If youíre interested in a used Volvo XC40 cars for sale then head to DesperateSeller.co.uk for a wide selection.