Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Family Fans

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Family Fans

Article excerpt

AT A GLANCE

VOLVO XC40 T4 INSCRIPTION

PRICE $50,990 plus on-roads

WARRANTY/SERVICING Three years (short); $3320 for 4 years or 60,000km (expensive)

ENGINE 2.0-litre 140kW/300Nm turbo 4-cyl, 8sp auto, FWD

SAFETY 7 airbags, AEB with pedestrian, animal and cyclist detection, blind spot warning, cross traffic alert,

THIRST 7.4 litres/100km

SPARE Space-saver (not ideal)

CARGO 460 litres (good for size)

Everything Volvo has touched in recent times has turned to gold.

The XC40 compact SUV arrived last year and has been lauded ever since, following a similar trend to its larger XC60 brethren.

Can a high-riding hatch cope with the rigours of family life with two burly boys?

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

KELLY: I love it.

GRANT: That was fast. Seemingly love at first sight, and probably a more convincing relationship than that Married At First Sight rubbish you watch.

KELLY: It's not love at first sight, it's love at first drive. To look at I don't think it's amazing, but to drive it's awesome.

GRANT: Well in this case love is a reasonable investment, at $50,990 plus on-roads. Our car also had about $7k worth of extras courtesy of a technology pack that includes adaptive cruise control, a 360-degree camera view and park assist, as well as heated rear seats, tinted rear glass and the pumping Harmon Kardon sound system.

KELLY: I would pay that tomorrow. The price makes it comparative to bigger seven-seat SUVs like the Hyundai Santa Fe and the Skoda Kodiaq, but I really like the Volvo's size.

GRANT: Most of those rivals in top specification are in the $50,000-$60,000 realm. The XC40 does have extra badge kudos over the mainstream rivals which I'm sure you also appreciate at school drop-off.

THE COMMUTE

KELLY: It feels really nice to drive, collectively it's comfortable and easy. …

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