Sun, Snow & Chilled Vibes

AFRISKI WINTERFEST IN THE VOLVO XC40 D4 AWD R-DE­SIGN

Driven - - Leisure Drive -

PERCHED HIGH ABOVE THE AFRICAN PLAINS, IN THE MOUN­TAIN KING­DOM OF LE­SOTHO, AFRISKI MOUN­TAIN RE­SORT IS AFRICA’S MOST UNIQUE WIN­TER DESTI­NA­TION, AND HOST TO THE CON­TI­NENT’S MOST DIS­TINC­TIVE MU­SIC FES­TI­VAL – AFRISKI WINTERFEST. BERNIE HELLBERG JR HEADED SOUTH IN A BRAND NEW XC40 D4 TO EX­PE­RI­ENCE THE FUN OF THE FES­TI­VAL, AND THE THRILL OF THE DRIVE.

In early June 2018, ‘Win­ter­Festers’ from across South Africa and Le­sotho made their way to the Moun­tain King­dom of Le­sotho, hyped-up on adren­a­line from the drive up the newly-com­pleted Mahlasela Pass, and into their choice of ac­com­mo­da­tion rang­ing from moun­tain­top chalets, apart­ments to back­pack­ers, at the one and only Afriski Moun­tain Re­sort.

Driven joined in the fun, with the lat­est and, in our opin­ion, one of the great­est Scan­di­na­vian cars of the mod­ern era.

HOT WHEELS

The Volvo XC40 has not only at­tained crit­i­cal praise the world over, here in SA it’s still a hot topic for any­one look­ing to buy a pre­mium-minded com­pact cross­over. It’s so hot, in fact, that Volvo Cars South Africa quite lit­er­ally ran out of stock within two months of the car’s ar­rival.

Get­ting our hands on a test unit posed quite the chal­lenge, but with its great looks, and con­sid­er­ing how much we liked the car at its lo­cal launch (read our re­view in the May 2018 edi­tion), we pulled out all the stops to make it hap­pen.

Know­ing that we were on our way to test the XC40 in the clos­est con­di­tions on our con­ti­nent, that re­motely re­sem­ble Swe­den, Volvo made the (al­most) range-top­ping D4 R-De­sign with all-wheel-drive avail­able for the jour­ney.

Be­ing right at the top of the pile (at R639,200), means that our XC40 tester was kit­ted out with al­most ev­ery bit of Swedish safety tech and driv­ing aides imag­in­able. Heated (and cooled) elec­tri­cally-ad­justable front seats, mul­ti­ple airbags, City Safe au­ton­o­mous brak­ing, Pi­lot As­sist, 360o cam­eras with birds-eye view, and an im­mer­sive Bow­ers & Wilkins

“AS THE TEM­PER­A­TURES DROPPED, SO DID THE BEATS, AS MU­SIC LOVERS JOINED THE EVENING’S WARM-UP SES­SION OVER A DE­LI­CIOUS MEAL AT SKY­BAR – AFRICA’S HIGH­EST RESTAU­RANT – WITH THE LIKES OF SI­MONE GOVEN­DER, 4AM, AND WILL RAYZ WOO­ING THE CROWD.”

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