VOLVO XC40

Business Traveller (India) - - INDIA CAR REPORT 2018 -

Hav­ing won the “Euro­pean Car of the Year” award in March 2018, Volvo Cars’ new com­pact SUV launched in In­dia in July 2018. Ex­perts have lauded the XC40 for its slick Scan­di­na­vian de­sign and clean lines, styled beau­ti­fully both in­side and out. The SUV is pow­er­ful and ag­ile, and an ef­fort­less drive, thanks to its 2.0-litre, four-cylin­der diesel en­gine, with a 0-100 kmph ac­cel­er­a­tion of 7.9 sec­onds. The in­te­ri­ors of the car are re­ally strik­ing with its un­mis­tak­able red ac­cents on the sides and the floor, to com­ple­ment the pre­dom­i­nantly black theme with its chic brushed metal ac­cents.

The cen­tre con­sole fea­tures a mas­sive 9-inch touch­screen, which op­er­ates Volvo’s sig­na­ture Sen­sus in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem, which fea­tures, among other things, Ap­ple CarPlay and An­droid Auto. Scan­di­na­vian min­i­mal­ism is vis­i­ble here as a lot of hard but­tons have been re­placed by soft but­tons on the touch­screen, lend­ing a clean over­all look, com­ple­mented by the stylised AC vents on both sides. Hi-fi en­thu­si­asts will rave about the sound sys­tem fea­tur­ing 13 Har­man/Kar­don speak­ers. There is also a wire­less charg­ing panel for com­pat­i­ble phones. Since Volvo Cars are all about safety, this one too comes packed with fea­tures like Volvo’s Pi­lot As­sist, Adap­tive Cruise Con­trol, de­tec­tion for pedes­tri­ans, cy­clists and an­i­mals, and Lane Keep­ing Aid. As for the drive, it is smooth, ag­ile and ex­tremely quiet, of­fer­ing dif­fer­ent driv­ing modes such as Eco, Com­fort, Dy­namic, Off-road and In­di­vid­ual, which adapt the steer­ing wheel and en­gine re­sponses de­pend­ing on the se­lected mode. volvo­cars.com/in

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