What is it?
Volvo’s tech-loaded entry-level SUV which competes directly with the BMW X1, Audi Q3 and the Mercedes Benz GLA- is based on the CMA (Compact Modular Architecture) platform,
How does it look?
You are greeted by the ‘Thor’s hammer’ DRL strip up front which might remind you of it’s elder siblings- the XC60 and the XC90. Blacked out front grille looks neat and adds to the overall aggressive front end. Move over to the sides and the first thing you’ll notice are the 18-inch wheels wrapped in 235/55 Pirelli rubber which have been specially made for Volvo. They look the part and even don’t compromise on the ride quality(more on that later). The rear-end is highlighted mainly by the tail lights which are very unmistakably Volvo.
What about the Interiors?
As soon as you enter the cabin, the first thing that you’ll notice is the big 9.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system which has been borrowed straight from it’s elder siblings- the XC60 and the XC90. It is the main highlight of the dashboard and you get all the connectivity options that you can think of – Android Auto, Apple CarPlay- you name it and it’s all there. The air vents get some chrome treatment whereas the door panels and the dashboard house silver inserts. Since Volvo has decided to go with only the R-Design variant for the XC40, you can choose from either all-black cabin layout or faux wool finish Lava Orange setup.
It’s a tech fest inside the cabin of the new XC40.
You get radar based autonomous features like radar-based safety tech like lane-keeping assist, blind spot warning, adaptive cruise control, pilot assist, emergency braking which have been unheard of in this segment. To be honest, I did not get enough time with the car to test out all of these features in detail but the initial impressions of lane-keep assist and pilot assist seemed to be working fine on Hyderabad’s well-marked outer ring road. This car definitely deserves a standalone review in our #AutoTechTalk section and we will be doing the same soon!
How does it Drive?
India only gets the 2.0-litre diesel engine option which makes sense considering majority of the demand is for the same. It’s a punchy four-cylinder pot which makes 190hp of peak power along with 400NM of torque. Turbo lag is minimal and the engine picks up speed quite effortlessly. The 0-100 kmph sprint can be done in around 7.9 seconds and the 8-speed gearbox shifts through cogs smoothly- delivering linear acceleration. There are differing driving modes too which change the gearbox and steering behaviour accordingly. The ride setup is quite complaint for most occasions, but you can feel an odd bump of two at crawling speeds. If you push it hard into corners, you will be greeted with some body roll which will remind you that it is an SUV. Having said that, the overall driving dynamics are at par with it’s German counterparts.
Should I buy one?
The XC40 comes loaded to the gills with tech, is high on safety with all the radar based active systems and drives well too! If you are looking out for a SUV under the half a crore rupee mark- the XC40 ticks all the right boxes!
ENGINE – 2.0-litre Turbocharged Diesel
POWER – 190hp TORQUE – 400NM
ACCELARATION – 0-100kmph – 7.9 seconds
TRANSMISSION – 8 SPEED AT, AWD