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Volvo XC40 review

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Considering the huge number of cars they sell, it’s probably wrong to criticise German prestige brands for using the ‘Russian doll’ design mentality that leads to such a strong resemblance between models. 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 look, 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, and less of a surprise given the brand's history, Volvo claims 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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Engines
There are 6 engines available for the XC40 estate. Click to see details.See all versions
T3
The cheapest way into the Volvo XC40 lineup. The entry-level 1.5-litre petrol engine is...View engine
Fuel Petrol
GearboxManual
0-62 MPH9.4 secs
MPG44.8-45.6
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1.5 T3 [163]
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GearboxSemi-auto, Manual
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D3
The cheapest diesel engine in the lineup is also the best fit for the XC40. It's more f...View engine
Fuel Diesel
GearboxManual, Semi-auto
0-62 MPH10.2 secs
MPG52.3-58.9
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T4
If you want petrol power and the T5 sounds a bit too hot but the T3 sounds a bit too co...View engine
Fuel Petrol
GearboxSemi-auto
0-62 MPH8.5 secs
MPG40.4-40.9
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D4
Noticeably more muscular than the D3 and T3 engines, this D4 engine is also quicker tha...View engine
Fuel Diesel
GearboxSemi-auto
0-62 MPH7.9 secs
MPG56.5-56.5
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T5
Much more muscular than the other engines, the T5 is the quickest unit in the XC40 line...View engine
Fuel Petrol
GearboxSemi-auto
0-62 MPH6.5 secs
MPG39.8-39.8
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