The XC40 really is a thing of beauty, no matter which angle it is viewed from. It’s every bit the urban SUV, with its raised ride height, subtly muscular frame and gently consolidated wheel arches. The car’s demeanour is one of assertiveness not aggression; its window line rises almost imperceptibly, and its roofline tapers ever so slightly, culminating in a discreet rear spoiler.
Attention is quickly drawn to the XC40’s front fascia and its smartly inverted radiator grille and distinctively fashioned LED headlamps, which follow the line of an appealingly prominent bonnet. The rear fascia is just as arresting with, for instance, Norse-hammer-style LED brake lights, which frame the rear windscreen and flank the top of the car’s well-formed tailgate.
A nine-inch infotainment display is included as standard and comes with voice-activation functionality. This portrait-positioned touchscreen provides access to, among other things, satellite navigation, which offers real-time traffic information and lifetime map updates. In addition, a configurable 12.3-inch digital screen sits behind the steering wheel, providing a vivid display of essential instrument readings.
A wireless smartphone charging platform is included too, and is located on the vehicle’s centre console. The XC40 is the first car to have a subwoofer positioned in the dashboard, as opposed to the boot. Furthermore, all models feature two-zone climate control, complete with CleanZone filtration, which removes airborne pollutants.
XC-ellent Safety as Standard
As you would expect from any vehicle in the Volvo range, the XC40 is supremely safe and comes with a vast array of driver aids and passive protective features. Included is Oncoming Lane Mitigation, which helps prevent head-on collisions by keeping the vehicle in its intended lane. Volvo On Call features too, providing a smartphone app that allows you to operate the XC40 remotely and keeps a GPS fix on your location. Simply press the Volvo On Call button on the car’s dash to summon roadside assistance or the emergency services. Your smartphone will then deliver your precise location, allowing help to be provided in a timely fashion.