The name Volvo is synonymous with safety, elegance, and equipment – well, loads and loads of it. So, when Volvo decided to foray in the small luxury SUV space – considering how popular the Mercedes-Benz GLA, BMW X1, and Audi Q3 have been over the years – the XC40 was the result. Similar in design to its bigger siblings, the XC40 took the market by storm.
But that was back when it was launched, for it was available with a diesel engine. Sufficed to say, the diesel engine under the hood of the XC40 made it a hoot to drive, and the lengthy equipment list and upmarket cabins made it the best compact luxury SUV in the segment, even if it was the more expensive of the lot.
But now, as the tighter emissions norms kick in, the XC40 has made its shift from diesel power to a petrol-only model. And while the diesel derivative of the XC40 left us extremely impressed in our first test, the expectations from the petrol-powered Volvo are pretty steep. So, is it capable enough to carry the baton? Let’s have a look.
Well, there’s virtually not a thing that distinguishes the new Volvo XC40 from its diesel-powered predecessor. The specifications, too, remain the same as the car still measures 4,425mm in length, 1,863mm in width, and 1,652mm in height. It has a respectable wheelbase of 2,702mm and a ground clearance of 211mm. It has a fuel tank capacity of 54-liters, which is sufficient for a compact luxury SUV. Moreover, 432-liters of boot space is also respectable for a car in this segment.
Under the hood, as said above, the Volvo XC40 drops the sprightly diesel engine in favor of a petrol engine. It is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged unit, which is capable of producing 190bhp and 300Nm of torque. It comes mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox as a standard fit. And of course, it is compliant with the newly enforced BS-VI emission standards.
But unlike the diesel, the petrol engine isn’t all enthusiastic and picks up the pace quite gradually. It is refined on idle, but for an engine that’s designed to deliver power in a linear manner, it sounds coarse as you shoot up to higher revolutions.
While the Volvo XC40 is better in now cleaner in comparison to the older model, the omission of the diesel engine only reflects a drop in the overall fuel efficiency. Yet again, the official numbers say the XC40 is capable of delivering 18km/l.
Before we talk about the features, let’s have a look at what’s changed inside. While the overall layout of the dashboard remains the same, Volvo now sports an all-black interior. Since the earlier car was available with an option of bright orange seats, the black seats – while they still look upmarket – feel like a step-down.
However, it still retains all those features that made it the best SUV in the segment. The list includes radar-based safety assists like adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, a collision mitigation system, six airbags, ABS with EBD, brake assist, hill ascent, and descent controls, and a lot more. You also get wireless charging, a tire pressure monitoring system, and front and rear parking sensors with a reverse camera.
The XC40, as of early-2020, comes in six shades, namely, Crystal White Pearl, Bursting Blue Metallic, Fusion Red Metallic (our pick of the range), Thunder Grey, Glacier White, and Onyx Black Metallic.
All the details regarding the Volvo XC40, namely, the engine, specifications, variant wise equipment, colors, dimensions, interiors, and exterior details are extensively covered in the brochure.
Variants and Prices
As of early-2020, the Volvo XC40 is available in a single variant, in the petrol-automatic configuration. It is priced at Rs. 39.9 lakhs for the T4 R-Design variant (ex-showroom, Delhi). For the variant-wise on-road prices, visit us at autoX.