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Volvo XC40 long-term test review

The Volvo XC40 saw off all comers to be named the 2018 What Car? Car of the Year. We’ve added one to our long-term test fleet to see if it’s as impressive when you live with it every day

Words By Steve Huntingford

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Volvo XC40
  • The car Volvo XC40 D4 First Edition
  • Run by Steve Huntingford, editor
  • Why it’s here To see if this class-leading family SUV has any flaws that weren’t obvious when we tested it against rivals
  • Needs to Offer outstanding comfort and practicality, a quality interior and low running costs

Price Β£39,905 Price as tested Β£39,905 Miles 5620 Official economy 56.5mpg Test economy 35.6mpg Options fitted None


8 August 2018 – free motoring

As its name suggests, my Volvo XC40 First Edition was one of the earliest UK cars, with this now-discontinued trim sitting at the top of the range when the XC40 first went on sale. However, while it was expensive, you got a lot more equipment than you did with the R Design Pro trim on which it was based, including a Harman Kardon stereo, heated rear seats, a powered tailgate and a Pilot Assist system, which combines adaptive cruise control with steering assistance to allow semi-autonomous driving.

Indeed, assuming you wanted those option, the Β£39,905 First Edition actually represented good value, because it would cost Β£43,680 to add them all to an R Design Pro car by ticking boxes.

Maybe that explains why used First Edition XC40s are now going for slightly higher prices than they were when new, with the cheapest example in our classifieds being a 67-plate car (above) that's being advertised at Β£40,000. And it’s not like it's covered a lot of miles; the odometer reads just 4920.

That you could have bought an XC40, run it for six months and lost nothing in depreciation (usually the biggest cost of car ownership) is truly astounding, and shows just how desirable this family SUV is.

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