2018 Volvo XC40 T5 R-Design review (video)

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Finally, the new Volvo XC40 has hit Aussie shores. But, it joins an already flourished small SUV market. To mark the occasion Volvo Australia is offering special ‘Launch Editions’ that come jam-packed with the latest gadgetry and safety features. And this is on top of the existing wow-factor already presented with the XC40. Maybe the adage “better late than never” rings true in this case.

Volvo expects big things from its new small SUV; it predicts the XC40 to be the Swedish car maker’s biggest seller. And at first glance, we think it will be. It goes up against the likes of the Audi Q3, Jaguar E-Pace, BMW X1, and Volkswagen Tiguan.

There are two high-output engines on offer for us Down Under; a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder that produces a face-slapping 185kW of power and 350Nm of torque (testing here); and a proven 2.0-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder as seen in other Volvo models, which produces 140kW and 400Nm. Both come with all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission.

There are also two trim levels available; the Momentum and the sporty R-Design. Both engines are offered in each trim. The limited Launch Edition is also offered in all configurations, as outlined below. Here, we are road testing the T5 R-Design Launch Edition, which retails from $56,740 (excluding on-road costs).

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