Driven: Volvo XC40 T5 AWD
By Lebohang Kobeli
If you’ve been considering a new Volvo you’ve probably seen the R-Design label tossed around, however making a decision on which Volvo model to go for I hope this article will help with that.
Volvo R-Design models are meant to recapture the thrill of driving, packages offer attractive styling touches such as upgraded front and rear fascia, frameless grill, a finned rear diffuser, and R-Design tailpipe. This exterior retooling improves not just the look of the vehicle, but also the way it handles by reduces the coefficient of drag for better fuel efficiency and a more responsive driving experience. The R-Design sport chassis is improved too, designed to be stiffer with firmer rear dampers and front bushings that give the vehicle a more balanced performance driving feel.
The R-Design benefits don’t end there. Volvo has extended the design concept to the interior of the vehicle as well with standard sport seats, available perforated leather seating, and special exclusive badging and vehicle detailing that make the Volvo R-Design as pleasing inside as it is out. Just to be clear this is received on all models.
Let’s move onto the infotainment which has little to no buttons, A center display with a touch screen which is the heart of the way you interact with the XC40. It combines sleek design with ease of use, reducing distraction with bold, clear graphics and a minimum of buttons. Its portrait format makes reading information and maps easy, while the 9-inch screen is quite responsive, you can use it whilst wearing gloves. The driver has a heads-up display, A digital driver display that puts important information right in front of you, and its brightness adjusts to the surroundings so it’s always easy to read.
Under the hood you will find a turbocharged 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine that produces 185kW of power and 350Nm of torque. The unit is mounted with a 8-speed automatic gearbox and is sent to all-four wheels. Zero-100km/h is done in just 6.4-seconds, with a top speed of 230km, one still has to remind themselves about the 180km/h speed cap.
The XC40 is such a pleasure to drive, although a family SUV I assure you that it will not bore you. It has a set of modes for particular drives such as, eco mode, comfort mode, off-road mode and the ever so sporty dynamic mode. Just to highlight a bit of concern, it’s quite responsive therefore do go easy on the acceleration pedal. On test I did about three full tanks in a period of seven days, that’s how much I enjoyed the driving the XC40.
The Volvo XC40 is priced as follows :
Volvo XC40 Momentum R571 200
Volvo XC40 R-design R626 150
Volvo XC40 Inscription R614 150