Review Volvo XC40September 13, 2019
The titles ripple in your eyes, your legs bend, and you’re ready to prostrate yourself: the best European car of the year, the car of the year in Japan, the best car for women, the best car according to several reputable foreign publications, and even the best car in Ireland. All this is about the compact crossover Volvo XC40, which since its appearance on the market in early 2018 has become the new best seller of the Swedish brand. We decided to spend a month with this model to understand whether he is as good as they say about him. In this campaign, changing the diesel version in a luxurious configuration to a gasoline car in a simpler version.
So, briefly about what is the Volvo XC40. This is a 4.4-meter crossover that is a direct competitor to the Audi Q3, BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA and Range Rover Evoque. It is built on a modular CMA platform with a MacPherson strut in front and a multi-linkage in the rear, a transverse engine arrangement, and is also available in front-wheel drive modification or all-wheel drive equipped with a multi-plate clutch. So far, nothing unusual.
The exterior design of the XC40 is restrained, like the Ikea chair Henriksdal. In basic versions, the car looks too calm and simple, even boring, but with the R-Design package it is slightly transformed: a contrasting roof, large wheels, other bumpers and a blackened radiator grill do their job. Plus, Sweden’s tiny rubber flag sticking out from under the hood edge is a fun little thing that can be ordered from a list of branded accessories. It’s cool, of course, but it doesn’t add grace to her.
The interior is a simplified copy of the XC90, the main one in the Volvo crossover family. The electronic dashboard and the vertical screen of the multimedia complex (with navigation and Bluetooth) are already in place in the basic equipment, but the engine must be started with the banal button instead of the twist on the central tunnel, and the operating modes have to be selected not with a drum, but with a separate “Drive Mode” button located “ on the edge ”of the center console.
But inside the kingdom of practicality is a sort of Simply Clever in Swedish. Huge upholstered pockets in the doors, from where even the speakers of the audio system were removed, cunningly designing it so as not to lose the sound quality, a separate phone stand with wireless charging and niches for small things around, a removable garbage compartment on the central tunnel, a large compartment inside center armrest and even a bag hook built into the glove compartment lid.
The quality of the materials is excellent, the seats, even in a simple modification, are comfortable and getting behind the wheel does not cause any problems. At the same time, there is even room for passengers in the back row: it is spacious here, the feet are placed under the front seat even if it is lowered all the way down, but the back is too vertical and, alas, cannot be adjusted in any way.
In general, everything is cool, but there is an unexpected jamb – there are no ceiling handles on the second row. At all. And to hold on to the handles in the doors, it is inconvenient to twist the brush.
The trunk is comfortable – as always with Volvo. The straps, hooks, separate niches and a shelf that lifts the house create a separate space for a pair of small packages that can be hung on separate hooks. The volume of the compartment is 460 liters. And this is less than most classmates, including the Mercedes-Benz GLA, BMW X1 and the new Range Rover Evoque.
The first to get to our test was a diesel XC40 with a 190-horsepower diesel engine, R-Design body kit and a sports suspension with adjustable shock absorbers. And this is the most comfortable car among all crossovers, recently visited our long tests. The suspension is perfectly tuned: it seems that even on 19-inch wheels, this Volvo doesn’t care what kind of surface to drive. The car is not afraid of either pits or speed bumps, it does not shake and does not rattle.
At the same time, the car can not be called a lump or a batter. The crossover is good at steering, but he wants to add gravity and feedback. In general, nothing unusual – Volvo is still not about an active taxiing. But with convenience and comfort everything is in order here.
The first impressions of the XC40 are the most positive. Quiet, economical and soft (but not too) urban crossover with lots of space inside and any compartments for small things.
Next time we will change the diesel Volvo XC40 to a gasoline version in a simpler configuration: without a glass roof, cool body kits, expensive music and other bells and whistles. At the same time, we compare the car with competitors.
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