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Volvo premium compact XC40 SUV arrives

Volvo sales are up 26 per cent this year. Like most prestige importers SUV’s are now their best sellers – the impressive mid-size XC60, recently named World Car of the Year 2018, now representing nearly half of Volvo’s sales. A new small Volvo SUV, the XC40, has just arrived. Driven by a new MD Volvo Australia has forecast strong growth on the strength of the new XC40 and continued growth of their highly popular XC60. The new XC40 has already gained 500 orders. The new smaller Volvo SUV however constrained by supply for around 12 months. Volvo is of course these days owned by the Chinese company Geely, however their products are thankfully still very much designed and engineered in Sweden. To further confuse, the new XC40 is built in Volvo’s plant in Belgium. Two all-wheel drive model XC40’s initially, priced from 47,990, 2-litre turbo petrol and diesel, both in either Momentum or R-Design grades. Not inexpensive, it arrives in a busy segment up 20 percent this year, but this is a highly equipped small prestige SUV, loaded as you expect from Volvo with a high level of safety equipment but much in the way of driver aids, comfort and convenience equipment. I’m yet to drive it but visually it’s different although it’s unusual rear three-quarter styling divides opinion and obviously impairs over the shoulder vision. A very impressive interior however, practical and well thought out. The XC40 is an interesting new addition from Volvo. I’m David Berthon

 

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