Your eval­u­a­tion of our 2018 Car of the Year, the Volvo XC40 fam­ily SUV

This fash­ion­able SUV is our Car of the Year. Will it be­come a fam­ily favourite, too?

What Car? - - Contents - Max Adams Max.adams@hay­mar­

FOR THE FIRST time, the What Car? Car of the Year is a Volvo. And what a Volvo it is.

The new XC40 fam­ily SUV is boldly styled, has a roomy, comfy and high-qual­ity in­te­rior and is great to drive, with pow­er­ful, ef­fi­cient en­gines and a soft ride. Plus, it comes with all the lat­est safety stan­dards and tech. What more could you ask of a fam­ily car?

Oh yes, value – and it doesn’t dis­ap­point there, ei­ther. You can have an XC40 for as lit­tle as £27,800, and in our rec­om­mended D4 R-de­sign spec­i­fi­ca­tion, it’s cheaper than many of its key ri­vals, in­clud­ing the BMW X1.

The XC40 of­fers diesel and petrol en­gines with an au­to­matic gear­box and four-wheel drive. Mod­els with front-wheel drive, man­ual gear­boxes and less pow­er­ful en­gines will be avail­able later this year, as will hy­brid ver­sions.

We in­vited a group of read­ers to Volvo’s UK of­fices to see if they’re as im­pressed as we are.

Volvo has avoided ‘Rus­sian Doll’ de­sign with the XC40; it doesn’t look like a smaller ver­sion of the XC60 or XC90

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