Volvo XC40 T4 R-Design Review
Urban Legendary

clifford chow
18 Dec 2018
 

you can choose any roof colour you want, as long as the colour is black...

If it were a song, Volvo’s compact-sized SUV may have given all the right feels. That is if that song was for someone who had taste for something a little left field. That said, the Swedish brand’s compact oozes charisma, leaves an impression that you are driving around in something a little larger, and is actually quite the practical car.

2018 Volvo XC40 T4 R-Design Front Side

The XC40 is the first Volvo to be built on the brand’s small car underpinnings, known as the Compact Modular Architecture (CMA), which will also form the base for the next V40 compact.

Volvo’s local dealership, Wearnes is now offering a more affordable version of the same car, albeit a lower power output from its T4 engine, and sans the rear-driven wheels.

2018 Volvo XC40 T4 R-Design Front

Our test car was decked the higher-end R-Design trim, meaning that you get the same quirky design as our previous test car, with extra glossy black body kit, bumper-mounted exhaust finishers and two-tone paint treatment; where you can choose any roof colour you want, as long as the colour is black. Design cues like its signature “Thor’s Hammer” headlights, the characteristic diagonal stripe on the front grille and reassuring shoulders on the side of the car makes the XC40 unmistakably recognisable as a Volvo.

2018 Volvo XC40 T4 R-Design Rear

While the front end might be visually imposing, there are some interesting design elements which makes the XC40 stand out, like its up-swung angular door panel, the press in its sheet metal at the rear, which hints of the iconic P1800 from the early 60s.

2018 Volvo XC40 T4 R-Design Side

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Engine

Engine Capacity 1969cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 4
Bore x Stroke (82 x 93.2)mm
Power 187bhp @ 4700rpm
Torque 300Nm @ 1300rpm
Power to Weight 112.7 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 8.4s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 210 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 17.9 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 8 -speed Auto
Drive Type FF
Steering Electric

Measurements

Body Type SUV
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4425 x 1863 x 1652) mm
Wheelbase 2702 mm
Turning Circle 11.8 metres
Kerb Weight 1659 kg
Boot Capacity 460 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 54 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs