2018 Volvo XC40 review – verdict

The Volvo XC40 is the firm’s smallest SUV yet, and a rival to the likes of the...

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Steve Huntingford
22 Nov 2016 15:00 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 00:03

The XC40 isn't as agile as the Audi Q2 or as spacious as the BMW X1, but it's still enjoyable to drive, practical and looks great inside and out, plus it combines competitive pricing with impressive mile-munching ability and the cutting-edge safety tech Volvo is famous for.

Perhaps the biggest downside is the fact that there's no small, frugal petrol option at launch. When this arrives, the XC40 has the potential to be even more appealing.

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Volvo XC40 D4 AWD Automatic

Price from £35,305 Engine 4cyl, 1969cc, diesel Power 187bhp @ 4000rpm Torque 295lb ft @ 1750-2500rpm Gearbox 8-spd automatic 0-62mph 7.9sec Top speed 130mph Official economy 56.5mpg CO2, tax band 131g/km, 28%

The best and worst small SUVs of 2017

Pretty much every mainstream manufacturer offers at least one small SUV these days. Here, we count down the top 10 that the XC40 has to beat – and reveal the models to avoid.

10. Kia Soul

2018 Volvo XC40 review – verdict

The Soul is more of a jacked-up hatchback than a fully fledged SUV. However, it still offers many of the benefits buyers in this market are looking for; it's competitively priced and its interior is roomy and well equipped. All of the Soul's engines could be more efficient and quiet, though, and there's plenty of wind noise at motorway speeds. There's a fully electric version to consider if you'll mainly be driving in town.

Our pick: 1.6 GDi 2

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2018 Volvo XC40 review – verdict

While high-end versions are pricey, the Q3 is a desirable choice in this market, with a high-quality interior. It's also good to drive and relatively inexpensive to run, with engines that are mostly smooth and strong.

Our pick: 2.0 TDI 150 SE

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8. Suzuki Vitara

2018 Volvo XC40 review – verdict

Compact on the outside but spacious inside, the Vitara is an easy car to live with. There's lots of standard kit on offer and it's relatively practical. It's just a pity that its petrol engines' CO2 emissions are unusually high for this class.

Our pick: 1.6 SZ4

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