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The Volvo XC40 gets minimalistic, remains efficient

Subtle updates on the Volvo XC40 add to an already impressive package, making it even more driveable

Subtle updates on the Volvo XC40 add to an already impressive package, making it even more driveable

Volvo has launched the XC40 facelift in India at a price of ₹43.20 lakh for a limited period. This mid-lifecycle update brings a new mild-hybrid powertrain and updated styling, among other changes. We take it out for a spin and share what the Volvo XC40 facelift is like.

Volvo has given the XC40 a sharper styling this time around with more angular headlights that retain the signature ‘Thor’s Hammer’ LED daytime running lights, and a new bumper with triangular fog lamp housings finished in gloss black. The rest of the elements remain unchanged at the front, so it continues to get a large, glossy black grille with the Volvo logo in chrome and the clamshell bonnet design.

Also, the XC40 facelift has received a new design for the alloy wheels. However, the five-spoke silver colored alloy looks quite plain in comparison to the dual-tone diamond-cut design of the pre-facelift car. Volvo has also dropped the dual-tone paint scheme, with the roof now body-coloured. Interestingly, the XC40 facelift gets black wing mirrors and roof rails.

Changes at the rear are minimal – the T4 badge is gone from the tailgate and the new B4 badge signifies its powertrain. Another minor change is that the rear skid plate is now finished in black instead of silver on the older model.

Overall, it can be classified as a subtle update rather than a full blown facelift. While the sharp design keeps it updated with new rivals, we can’t help but think that the outgoing, sporty R-Design variant looked a lot better as an overall package.

Like the exterior, minor changes have been made to the interior of the XC40 as well. The cabin has a minimalist design and is made of high quality materials. The XC40 facelift gets new, open-pored wood inlays on the dashboard and door cards, which help to lift the ambiance and gloss black detailing around the AC vents and touchscreen, and the center console looks neat. The car we tested came with a completely black interior theme, but buyers can also opt for a beige color theme.

The chunky, leather-wrapped steering wheel is unchanged from the outgoing model, which isn’t a bad thing, but surprisingly, it doesn’t miss the paddle shifters. Meanwhile, the 9-inch portrait-oriented touchscreen now uses an Android-based system and gets integrated Google services. The infotainment system is slow in its operation, but it can be confusing and takes some time to understand.

Beyond that, the HVAC controls are still located in the touchscreen, and while it’s easy to find, it’s not as convenient as the physical buttons. Volvo has also taken the opportunity to update the graphics of the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, and the only other notable change on the inside is the new crystal gear lever.

The front seats are excellent in terms of support and cushioning and offer loads of electric adjustability. The driver’s seat also gets memory function, but the heated and ventilated seats are missing, which would have been nice.

At the rear, there’s a decent amount of space and the seats are comfortable, but the backrest comes up a bit. The all-black theme can also overwhelm you, but the large panoramic sunroof does little to mitigate that. Plus, the XC40’s boot gets a flat floor and can easily swallow stuff for a weekend getaway.

Talking about the features, the XC40 facelift gets PM 2.5 air purifier, leather upholstery, powered tailgate, LED lighting, connected car tech, Apple CarPlay, 14-speaker 600W Harman Kardon audio system, wireless charging and tire pressure monitoring system.

The XC40 facelift gets a wide range of safety equipment including seven airbags, front and rear parking sensors, rear cameras, adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation support, lane keep assist, blind spot monitor, hill-start assist and hill-descent control. While the XC40’s ADAS features work well, there are only a limited number of places you can use them.

Perhaps the biggest change in the Volvo XC40 has happened under the hood. The engine is the same 2.0-litre, four-cylinder T4 turbo-petrol unit that did the duty on the outgoing model, but on this facelift it gets a 48V mild-hybrid system, which affects the driving experience. When idle, the four-pot motor remains a sophisticated unit, with barely any sound or vibration filters in the cabin.

In terms of output, the engine has churned out only 7hp (197hp) while torque remains the same at 300Nm. However, this B4 mild-hybrid feels more responsive than the outgoing T4 version. You can feel that the hybrid system is assisting while accelerating and it has also helped in improving the response off the line. The engine pulls cleanly up to the redline and is fairly linear in its delivery as well.

Apart from the performance improvement, the mild-hybrid system is also expected to improve the fuel efficiency of the XC40. However, Volvo is yet to reveal an official figure and we are yet to test it on the fuel efficiency cycle.

Power is transmitted to the front wheels only through an 8-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. While the gearbox is comfortable enough in its operation, it is not quick to respond. However, the responsive engine helps to hide some of the shortcomings of the box. There’s also a manual mode for the gearbox, which is operated via a crystal gear lever, but it doesn’t look that flashy.

In terms of ride, the XC40 facelift impresses with its stability at high speeds, but the ride feels a bit firm at low speeds on a broken patch of road. However, it never gets uncomfortable as shocks rarely filter from inside and the cabin is well insulated from the outside world.

The XC40 facelift is no BMW X1 when it comes to handling, but it feels confident around bending. Body roll is well contained, steering feels consistent and there’s a good amount of grip on offer as well. There are also two modes for steering, and while they do help with weight, they don’t add much in terms of feedback.

The Volvo XC40 facelift is available in a single, full-loaded variant with a price tag of ₹43.20 Lakh (introductory, ex-showroom, India) and is expected to go up to ₹45.90 Lakh (₹1.40 lakh more than the outgoing XC40 T4). ) After the introductory period, it will be priced at par with competitors including the Mercedes-Benz GLA 200 (₹44.90 lakh) and the recently introduced Audi Q3 Premium Plus (₹44.89 lakh).

Where it lags though is the rear seat comfort and its service network is not as extensive as that of its German rivals. Apart from this, the Volvo XC40 remains a good looking SUV with safe and predictable road manners and the incremental changes brought about by the facelift only add to the already impressive package. In addition, the mild-hybrid system makes it even more maneuverable and will also help with efficiency

If you’re looking for a comfortable, well-equipped luxury crossover, it’s definitely worth a look.

Hello Friends, My Name is Raushan Kumar. I am a Part-Time Blogger and Student. I am author of https://searchnews.in . We're dedicated to providing you the best of News, with a focus on Business, Health, Lifestyle, World, Tech, India, Gadget.


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