Volvo XC40 - best small 4x4s
The Volvo XC40 benefits from some clever interior packaging, refined engines and four-wheel drive gives it some off-road prowess
We like the Volvo XC40 so much we named it our Small Premium SUV of the Year in our 2018 New Car Awards.
In such a hotly-contested segment, the XC40 won us over with it’s combination of a comfortable ride and stylish cabin making it a wonderful car to spend time in. It’s not the most entertaining to drive, but the trade-off is excellent refinement.
As the chunky looks suggest, the XC40 doesn’t fall to bits when it sees a field. You can have the petrol T4 and diesel D3 with four-wheel drive where the 244bhp T5 petrol is only available with four-wheel drive as is the 188bhp D4 diesel.
You’re not shackled to the top-end models if you want the largest engines either as the stronger powertrains are available across the XC40 range.
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