Volvo Cars India had made its foray into the luxury crossover SUV segment by launching the new Volvo XC40 in India. Positioned below the XC60, the XC40 is the smallest SUV in Volvo’s line up carrying an introductory sticker price of Rs 39.9 lakh (ex-showroom). Already on sale in the international market, the XC40 is Volvo first vehicle to be based on the company’s new CMA platform.
Available only in the D4 variant, the Volvo XC40 gets a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine that is rated to deliver 187 bhp, which is transmitted to all four wheels via an AWD system. Like other Volvo models, the XC40 also gets the brand’s signature design language which includes the eye-catching Thor’s hammer-shaped headlamps followed by the smooth flowing lines that continue towards the tail section. The interior is well equipped, too. Apart from Volvo’s trademark layout with plush leather upholstery, the large Sensus infotainment system takes the centre stage on the dashboard. Other features include a Harmon Kardon audio system, wireless charging, etc.
Volvos are highly appreciated for their safety features and the XC40 does a good job at it. Along with the standard safety features offered in the segment, the SUV also receives adaptive cruise control, pedestrian detection, lane-keeping aid, collision mitigation, etc.
The XC40 is only available in the R-Design trim in the Indian market. You can read more about the newest Volvo in our First Drive Review by clicking here.
Volvo Car India’s Managing Director, Charles Frump said, “The XC40 is our first offering in the entry-level SUV segment and with this, Volvo completes its range across all luxury SUV segments — Compact, Mid-size, and Full-Size. It has an edgy design and a host of segment-first intuitive technology that makes life less complicated. The launch of XC40 and our aggressive dealer expansion of one new dealer per month this year are the key success factors in achieving our ambition of doubling segment share by 2020.”
In comparison to products in the premium compact SUV space, the Volvo XC40 is priced well. If you’re looking at diesel-powered, AWD-equipped versions, none of those is priced under Rs 45 lakhs. At Rs 39.9 lakh, the XC40, then, on paper, looks like a clear winner. And let’s not forget it’s possibly safer, too — given the huge list of standard safety tech.