The XC40 is a very capable tow car and we’re looking forward to many tours with it. The engine can grumble a bit at high revs, but there’s no doubt of its mid-range pulling power. It tows a van weighing almost 1500kg very effectively. In terms of stability, the Volvo is very secure. We’d be happy to use it to tow heavy caravans over long distances. With or without a caravan, less road noise would be welcome on lengthy journeys. That aside, the cabin is quiet and comfortable on long trips, with excellent seats and a very comfortable driving position. Without a caravan, the Volvo also drives very well. It’s not as involving as the equivalent BMW, but it corners precisely and rides with firm assurance. Inside, the Volvo is very well made and the interior styling is refreshingly modern. It’s also spacious, so adults can travel comfortably in the back. Boot capacity in the XC40 is reasonable rather than exceptional; you can certainly buy mainstream SUVS with much more luggage room for similar money. However, compared with its premiumbadged competitors, we would rate the Volvo as being there or thereabouts. It is priced competitively against other upmarket SUVS, will hold its value well, and comes with the additional reassurance of an exceptionally high score from the safety experts at Euro NCAP. All told, the Volvo XC40 is an extremely desirable tow car; stable with a caravan behind and practical for an SUV of this size.
Towing at speed There was no fuss at motorway speeds. Occasionally, there was slight side-to-side movement while overtaking, but this quickly ebbed away