STEVE SAWYER

What Car? - - Reader Test Team -

Age 61 Job Head of sales Drives Volvo V70

“From cer­tain an­gles, the front of the XC40 re­minds me of a Range Rover – and that’s no bad thing. I like the mus­cu­lar, an­gu­lar look of the car.

“I won­dered about the way the bon­net dips away and whether that would hin­der vis­i­bil­ity when park­ing, but park­ing sen­sors and cam­eras are fit­ted as stan­dard, so that shouldn’t be a prob­lem.

“I think the roof bars are rather nice and add to the over­all look. And the op­tional brightly coloured trim on the in­side I quite like, too; it’s bold.

“I might wait for the T8 petrol­elec­tric hy­brid model to ar­rive, be­cause it will have per­for­mance to match the reg­u­lar petrol en­gines but bet­ter fuel ef­fi­ciency.

“The boot is large, at 460 litres, and there are plenty of wellthought-out prac­ti­cal fea­tures, such as deep cub­by­holes, and use­ful op­tions, in­clud­ing hands-free tail­gate open­ing, a load-se­cur­ing net and a cargo mat, although un­for­tu­nately no spare tyre.

“The XC40’S higher ride height makes it eas­ier to get in and out of, without be­ing like a big old-style SUV where you have to almost climb into it.”

‘There are plenty of well-thoughtout prac­ti­cal fea­tures’

Steve Sawyer

Use­ful op­tions for the well-sized boot in­clude hands-free tail­gate open­ing

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