Ever since making its global debut on September of 2017, the Volvo XC40 has become one of the Swedish brand’s best-selling vehicles, clearly a vehicle that was meant to take advantage of the small premium SUV craze. Now though, the winner of the 2018 European Car of the Year has finally made it into our shores, and it’s a key vehicle for the Swedish luxury brand to continue its growth in the Philippine market.
On the outside, rather than going the usual route of merely being a shrunken version of the XC90 or XC60, the all-new Volvo XC40 carries the usual Volvo design details which include the “Thor’s hammer” LED headlights, signature grille, but with the added flair of an overall youth-oriented design. Options range from numerous wheel designs, as well as having a two-tone roof paint scheme. Along with 17 color combinations, the all-new Volvo XC40 offers a high degree of customization never before seen in a Volvo, something that young buyers that the XC40 is targeting will surely enjoy.
Underpinning the XC40’s stylish body is the brand’s CMA architecture, co-developed with Chinese car manufacturer Geely, Volvo’s parent company. It’s a platform developed mainly for the 40 Series line of compact vehicles, which has been developed with electrification in mind.
Open the doors and you will see an eclectic mix of shapes and surfaces with the same degree of customization as the exterior. As usual, a 12.3-inch TFT LCD digital gauge cluster greets the driver, as well as a 9.0-inch portrait Volvo Sensus infotainment system sitting in the middle of the dashboard. However, the key highlight of the interior is its numerous storage solutions, with storage places under the seats and doors. This comes on top of the removable trash bin in the center console as well as the fold-out hook for small bags or groceries.
Under the hood of the Volvo XC40 are two engine choices across three variants. The first one is a D3 diesel, utilizing an inline-4 turbodiesel engine, producing 148 hp and 320 Nm of torque. The second one is the top of the range T5 inline-4 turbo petrol engine, producing 249 hp and 350 Nm of torque. Power is sent through the front wheels for the D3 models, while the top of the range T5 has AWD. Both are equipped with an 8-speed automatic as standard.
Being a Volvo, the XC40 comes loaded with plenty of standard safety feartures, which include Pro Pilot Assist, City Safety, Run-off Road protection and mitigation, Cross Traffic Alert with Brake Support, and 360-degree camera, among others.
The Volvo XC40 is now officially on sale across its showrooms with the following prices, which are extremely good when compared to its competitors, not only undercutting them, but also offering Volvo’s suite of safety features as standard on most trims.
XC40 D3 Momentum: P3,350,000
XC40 D3 R Design: P3,495,000
XC40 T5 AWD R Design: P3,895,000