Ver­dict

Practical Caravan - - Showroom Tow Car Test -

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

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