What Car? Personal Shopper: Best family SUV for £35,000

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Volvo XC40 long-term test review

Buying new

  • Our recommended choice: 2.0 D4 R-Design AWD Geartronic
  • List price: £35,870
  • What Car? Target Price: £34,395
2018 Volvo XC40 2.0 T5 AWD review – price, specs and release date

As far as credentials go, four little words should tell you everything you need to know about the Volvo XC40: Car of the Year. That's right, Volvo's family SUV is our reigning champion, having been crowned as the best of the best in January. 

What makes it so good? Let's start with its interior, which is wonderfully stylish and of a high enough quality to worry other premium car makers. You get a tablet-style infotainment touchscreen as standard, too, and while changing things like the temperature through it can be a bit of a faff, it is visually impressive. Volvo's speech recognition is good, too, so you can simply ask the car to change the radio station or navigate to a destination by speaking instead.

Then there's the D4 diesel engine, which will be perfectly suited to your motorway journeys. It offers punchy acceleration and even comes with four-wheel drive, giving extra traction on wet or slippery roads.

Space is good, too, with a boot that can fit seven carry-on suitcases inside without breaking a sweat – that's the same number as a Volkswagen Tiguan. And then there's the plethora of safety kit that Volvo adds, including automatic emergency braking and traffic sign recognition.

This model would normally cost you £35,870, but What Car?'s New Car Buying service can reduce that to £34,395.

To find out more about the Volvo XC40, read our full 16-point review or view our deals.

  • Also consider: Audi Q3 35 TDI Sport S tronic
  • List price: £33,950
  • What Car? Target Price: £33,950

The Q3 is a cracking family SUV, offering plenty of space for both passengers and luggage, and one of the classiest and highest-quality interiors you'll find anywhere. The 2.0-litre diesel engine you get here should again be well suited to covering vast mileages, while Audi's MMI infotainment and navigation system is easy to get along with.

Read our full Audi Q3 review or see our great deals.

  • Also consider: BMW X1 xDrive20d SE Step Auto
  • List price: £33,300
  • What Car? Target Price: £31,361
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