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When What Car? magazine announce their Car Of The Year, you can guarantee that it’ll be a good one. Hours of research driving the car, giving it a thorough testing, and comparing it to other cars in terms of price, quality, safety, reliability and comfort, mean that the winner is a seriously sensible buy. 

And the What Car? Car of the Year for 2018 is the Volvo XC40. 

The XC40, is not only a brand new car, it also marks Volvo’s move into a new market; the Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV). 

If you fancy a premium, compact SUV, you’ll love the XC40. Prices start at £27,905. Three petrol and two diesel engines are available. All are 2.0-litre, four-cylinder units. Petrol engines range from the 154 bhp T3 to the 244 bhp T5. The diesel engines are 148 bhp D3 and 187 bhp D4. There’s a mixture of front or all-wheel drive; manual or auto ‘boxes.

You can also guarantee that a smaller, three-cylinder model will appear at some stage along with a hybrid and possibly an all-electric version. 

In terms of trim, there’s Momentum, Momentum Pro, Inscription, R-Design (if you want a sporty look with smart additional trim and chunky wheels) and First Edition which is the top-of-the-range model.

If you haven’t sat in a Volvo for a while, you are in for a big shock.  The quality of the build and materials is outstanding. Volvo is now firmly established as a premium car manufacturer. Every XC40 is also really well equipped. Our favourite is the R-Design trim.  As for the pick of the engines, the D4 2.0 litre diesel is stunning. 0-60 mph takes 7.9 seconds. Top speed is 130 mph. Four-wheel drive is standard, as is the 8-speed auto ‘box. Here’s the best bit though…try to resist using all of the power and you’ll manage a shade over 55 mpg. Wow. 

The XC40 also introduces the Care by Volvo package where a monthly fee covers insurance, roadside assistance, maintenance and taxes. It’s a neat idea if you want to budget costs. 

You can also guarantee that the XC40 will be one of the safest cars on the road. Automatic emergency braking is included as standard across the range. 

The XC40 is a logical extension of the Volvo range. It adds an option to those drivers who don’t need the size of an XC60 or XC90 yet still want the style, convenience and higher driving position of an SUV. No wonder it’s the What Car? car of the year. 

You can drive the XC40 R-Design First Edition AWD Auto from just £369 a month with £369 deposit. Click Here to View our Offers. 

70 Years Of Mill

2017 marks 70 years since Mill Garages has been serving customers in and around the North East of England.

We are focussed on continuing to be the trusted partner for our customers and Volvo Cars UK.

Our success is driven by our staff having a passion and commitment to delivering outstanding customer service and who are proud to be part of the Mill Family.

So rest assured that you can trust us in every aspect when it comes to buying or the servicing of your car.