Select a lower dynamic stance when you want to drive it with verve but, as mentioned, it’s not a Koenigsegg. The other mode is Snow which is more relevant to its Scandinavian home or if you live in the Drakensberg.
In terms of safety and stylishness, the XC40 is on the ball. It’s your archetypical Volvo with hyperbolic concern for passenger safety and the quirky and boxy design with very thick C-Pillars could only really come from a company that can hold its own when it comes to avant-garde design.
In R-Design specification the XC40 T3 is well priced by compact premium SUV standards. It undercuts both petrol Audi Q3 35 S Line and BMW X1sDrive18i M Sport by less than 10K but it’s pricier than the Mercedes-Benz GLA 200 AMG line by about 4K. It’s a premium compact SUV I’d happily recommend to anyone, if not necessarily in T3 guise.
Type: Three-cylinder petrol turbo
Type: Eight-speed auto
Type: Front-wheel drive
Top speed: 180km/h
0-100km/h: 10.1 sec (as claimed)
Fuel Consumption: 6.7l/100km (as claimed), 7.9l/100km (as tested)
Stability control, six airbags, traction control, ABS brakes, auto on/off lights, Xenon headlights, cruise control, keyless entry, rain sensor wipers, park distance control rear, Bluetooth, navigation, electric folding mirrors, suede-cloth + leather.
COST OF OWNERSHIP
Warranty: Five years/100,000km
Maintenance plan: Five years/100,000km
Lease*: R14,625 per month
* at 10% interest over 60 months no deposit
Volvo XC40 T3 R-Dynamic
R-Design looks, build quality, luxury features
A premium and good-looking urban romper
****Value For Money
Audi Q3 35 S Line, 110W/250Nm — R685,000
BMW X1 sDrive18i M Sport, 103kW/220Nm — R689,134
Mercedes-Benz GLA200 AMG Line, 120kW/250Nm — R679,040
Lexus UX 250h EX, 135kW/180Nm — R719,600
Jaguar E-Pace D200 AWD R-Dynamic S, 147kW/430Nm — R874,210