Volvo XC40 review

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Volvo XC40
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23 Jan 2018 22:37 | Last updated: 15 Oct 2018 17:02

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Considering the huge number of cars they sell, it’s hard to argue that German prestige brands are wrong to give their cars ‘Russian doll’ designs. And yet it’s still refreshing when a rival is a bit braver, as Volvo has been with its smallest SUV.

This XC40 may have similar front and rear lights to the company’s other models to ensure a family resemblance, but the rest of the detailing and the overall proportions of the car are quite different; it certainly doesn't look as if Volvo has put the blueprints for the XC60 in a photocopier and set it to 75%.

Proof that the Swedes want to lead, not follow, can also be found in the fact that the XC40 was the first model in Volvo's range to be offered on a subscription scheme called Care by Volvo, with insurance, taxes, maintenance and roadside assistance all included in the monthly fee.

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Meanwhile, less surprisingly given its history, Volvo is claiming that the XC40 is the safest car of its type, with a long list of high-tech driver aids borrowed from more expensive models in its range.

But, overall, is the XC40 better than the likes of the BMW X1 and Volkswagen Tiguan? Read on to find out.

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There are 7 trims available for the XC40 estate. Click to see details.See all versions
Momentum
This very well-equipped entry-spec model comes with cruise control, keyless start, dual-zone climate control and a 9.0in tablet-style touchscreen with sat-nav, a DAB radio and Bluetooth. You also g...View trim
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Momentum Pro
For the small premium over the Momentum model, this adds adaptive LED headlights, heated front seats, an electrically adjustable driver’s seat with memory function, headlight washers, a heated wind...View trim
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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 mult...View trim
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Inscription
Inscription trim pushes up the price, but not unbearably so. If you fancy some luxury, you might well be tempted. Leather seat trim, metallic paint, an electrically adjustable driver’s seat, front...View trim
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£29,011
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R DESIGN Pro
This model is based on the standard R-Design, but adds adaptive LED headlights, heated front seats, an electrically adjustable driver’s seat with memory function, headlight washers, a heated windsc...View trim
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Inscription Pro
On top of the toys included with Inscription, the Pro version adds adaptive LED headlights, heated front seats, an electrically adjustable passenger seat with memory function, headlight washers, a...View trim
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First Edition
This limited-run model for the initial wave of XC40 production came with leather-trimmed heated front and rear seats, adaptive cruise control with autopilot, a panoramic sunroof, a heated steering...View trim
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£39,043
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