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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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Space & practicality

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Volvo XC40 estate front space

Even with a space-sapping panoramic roof, there’s plenty of head room, lots of leg room and enough space to stop you from banging elbows with your front passenger. Volvo has even moved the lower audio speakers from the doors to the dashboard to free up extra space.

The XC40 features thoughtful details, such as a pop-out rubbish bin between the front seats, sliding drawers beneath them and door pockets that are big enough to take a laptop or two large bottles of water.

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You also get a couple of big cupholders behind the gearlever and a sizeable cubby in front of it. This can be fitted with wireless charging for compatible smartphones.

Volvo XC40 estate rear space

Even though rear head and leg room aren’t as plentiful as they are in rivals such as the BMW X1 and Volkswagen Tiguan, the XC40 is still more than roomy enough for tall adults to sit comfortably without their heads brushing the rooflining or knees hitting the back of the front seats.

Three adults sitting side by side is also perfectly doable, thanks to the relatively wide rear bench, although the high central tunnel along the floor does limit foot space for the middle passenger. The only real issue is that the door openings are a little small, hindering getting in and out.

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Volvo XC40 estate seating flexibility

Split-folding rear seats are standard and, if you add the optional Convenience Pack, these can be lowered electrically with the flick of a switch inside the boot.

However, the seats are split 60/40, rather than in the more versatile 40/20/40 arrangement that the X1 and Tiguan offer.

And, unlike those rivals, the XC40 doesn’t have rear seats that slide to let you change the balance between rear leg room and luggage space, or recline to boost rear-seat comfort.

Volvo XC40 estate boot space

The XC40’s boot has a capacity of 460 litres, which appears underwhelming compared with the Tiguan’s and X1’s. However, its commendably square proportions make packing easy and, with the large underfloor storage area added into the mix (if you don’t have the optional spare wheel fitted), we managed to fit seven carry-on suitcases inside – the same number as in a Tiguan.

What’s more, there’s no load lip to heave luggage over. If you opt for the Convenience Pack, you can fold up part of the boot floor and fix it in a vertical position, creating a divide to stop smaller items from sliding around. This also provides handy hooks for hanging shopping bags.

 

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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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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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