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Volvo XC40 2.0 T5 R DESIGN 5dr AWD Geartronic Review

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Review

It might be some time since the multitalented XC40 won our 2018 What Car? Car of the Year award, but we reckon it still cuts the mustard. It blends generous passenger space and a very practical boot with a quality interior and a top-notch safety rating. That means you are not only buying a stylish product, but one backed up with some substance. It's a better family SUV than a BMW X1 or X2, but check out the Range Rover Evoque as well, which is the XC40’s strongest rival.

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Trim: R DESIGN

Even better-equipped, sportier-looking and still reasonably priced, R-Design is our favourite. It adds sports seats trimmed in leather and nubuck, power-folding door mirrors, privacy glass and multicolour ambient theatre lighting. It's worth adding a few options, though, such as the excellent Convenience Pack that includes keyless entry, a powered tailgate, power-folding rear seats and multiple other practicality aids, along with the Intellisafe Pro pack that adds additional safety aids and semi-autonomous driving.

Engine: 2.0 T5

Much more muscular than the other engines, the T5 is the quickest unit in the XC40 lineup by quite some way. It whisks you up to speed easily, and feels properly lively when you rev it hard. However, the diesel D4 is more relaxing to drive because it has more flexible performance at low revs, so it's more recommendable. Plus, the T5 doesn't have particularly brilliant fuel economy. Only available with an automatic gearbox and all-wheel drive.


Key information

Doors5
Seats5
0-62 MPH6.5 seconds
Fuel TypePetrol
GearboxSEMI-AUTO
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure

39.8

Urban: 31.7Motorway: 47.1
Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

586

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

164

g/km