What Car? - - Reader Test Team -

Age 51 Job Com­pany direc­tor Drives Audi Q3

“While I like the size of my Q3, it isn’t spa­cious enough in­side for my needs. The XC40, how­ever, is, de­spite be­ing only a tad longer.

“I’m pleas­antly sur­prised by this car. The func­tion­al­ity and stan­dard equip­ment are ex­cel­lent. I’m more than happy with what you get on R-de­sign trim – on top of the ex­pected fea­tures, there are mem­ory seats, and a heated steer­ing wheel is only £175.

“The in­te­rior is very modern; it’s great, apart from the op­tional Lava Or­ange car­pet in this car!

“The im­age of Volvo as a brand has changed in the past few years; in­deed, I think the best way to de­scribe the XC40 is quite funky, per­haps even fun.

“My car has a 184bhp 2.0-litre diesel en­gine; Volvo’s 2.0-litre D4 unit makes 187bhp and has sim­i­lar torque fig­ures, so is ac­tu­ally a slight step up.

“Volvos have a rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing safer than other cars; I’ve al­ways won­dered whether that was just good mar­ket­ing but, hav­ing seen the re­sults of the brand’s lat­est cars in Euro NCAP tests, plus the high­tech safety systems fit­ted to the XC40, I can now see that it’s fact.”

‘The D4 en­gine is a slight step up from my Audi Q3’s 2.0 TDI’

Perry Cohn

Har­man Kar­don stereo with 13 speak­ers and sub­woofer costs £550

Height, tilt and lum­bar ad­just­ment are stan­dard on the com­fort­able driver’s seat

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