What Car? Car of the Year 2018

The new Volvo XC40

Introducing the Volvo XC40 – the compact SUV born from Swedish creativity. Designed to simplify city life, it’s an entirely new type of Volvo.

With its mix of comfort and class, safety and style, the new XC40 excels in all the areas that are important to buyers. Amid a year of great new cars, it stands out as the most impressive by far."

WHAT CAR?

Car of the Year Awards 2018

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Specs at a glance

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Fuel economy

The T5 and D4 engines with AWD all-wheel drive are true high-performance units. Still, the fuel economy performs at an impressive 39.2 and 55.4 mpg respectively.

Loading possibilities

Fit 479 litres to the top of the rear backrests. Even more impressively, the folding floor can be adapted to whatever you are carrying.

Compact exterior

4.4 m long and 1.8 m wide, the XC40 is built for city life with a compact exterior. Thanks to smart design and a height of 1.6 meters, the interior is very spacious.

Sound experience

Up to 13 speakers combined with new Air Woofer Technology™ brings you a perfect sound experience – all mounted to allow maximum cabin storage.

Care by Volvo

You get the best out of the car. We take care of the rest.

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Technology

The secrets of Volvo Cars’ driving simulator

The virtual world meets the real world in Volvo Cars’ driving simulator, a machine that helps its engineers perfect the way every Volvo responds to your inputs.

Heritage

The race to the horizon

The fascinating background and history of the Volvo Ocean Race have turned it into one of the best-known and toughest endurance races in the sporting calendar. For four and a half decades, participants have challenging themselves and each other as they sail its course. In this article, we will trace the race back to its beginning - and beyond, looking at the developments that shaped modern sea travel and made it possible in the first place. We trace the history of the race all the way back to the opening of the Panama and Suez canals, and then how - decades later - Robin Knox-Johnson became the first man to sail single-handedly round the planet. We then describe the foundation of the race in the 70s, and the developments that turned it into the event we know today - with its cutting-edge boats, teams of world champion sailors and non-stop coverage.

Lifestyle

A life at sea

In this article we meet Swedish sailor, Martin Strömberg. Martin is now one of Sweden’s most experienced sailors. He has now competed in the Volvo Ocean Race three times and won it once. We describe how Martin first became interested in the Volvo Ocean Race, his drive to compete in the race and how he came to triumph. We also provide an overview of his sailing career so far, his unique approach to putting racing teams together and what the future holds for this modern Swedish pioneer.