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...

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Steve Huntingford
6 Sep 2018 9:50 | Last updated: 21 Sep 2018 14:6

  • 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 group-tested it against rivals
  • Needs to: Offer outstanding comfort and practicality, a quality interior and low running costs

Price £39,905 Price as tested £39,905 Miles 6890 Official economy 56.5mpg Test economy 35.6mpg Options fitted None


A couple of months back, I spoke about how I'd managed to lose the key to my XC40 down a drain. However, should something similar happen again (not that I'm planning to make a habit of losing my keys, you understand), it won't be such a problem, because I now have an app on my phone that I can use to lock and unlock the car.

Called Volvo on Call, it also tells me where the car is (in case I forget where I parked it) and lets me request assistance (in the event of a breakdown) or check on things like my average fuel economy and whether any maintenance needs doing.

Long-term Volvo XC40 being controlled by iPhone app

However, the feature that I've found most useful so far is the way you can put the climate control on a timer so that the car is already the ideal temperature when you climb inside.

This was also possible in my previous car, a BMW 5 Series, but there you did it via a display on the key itself. Not only was this a £235 option, but it also meant the key had to be enormous; Volvo's solution seems much more sensible.

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