The European Car of the Year (ECOTY) 2018 was announced at one of the world’s largest automobile shows – the Geneva International Motor Show (GIMS). And it’s the Volvo XC40 compact SUV that bagged the prestigious award. Volvo’s baby SUV scored 325 points, and the Seat Ibiza supermini was far behind at 242 points. The 3rd spot was grabbed by the BMW 5-Series executive saloon with a total score of 226 points.
The list was followed by the Kia Stinger, Citroen C3 Aircross, Audi A8 limousine and the Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV. This time around, the ECOTY jury included 60 journalists from 23 countries across Europe. The compact SUV was launched last year in the European market. The XC40 will also make its way to India by mid 2018. Read – Volvo XC90: All You Need To Know
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So, what are the core strengths of the Volvo XC40 that gave it an edge over all its rivals at the competition? Well, the compact SUV carries muscular and premium body-built and offers a uncluttered cabin loaded with high-tech comfort and safety features. It’s also Volvo’s first car to get the ‘Care by Volvo’ subscription service.
Some of its key highlights include Thor’s Hammer headlamps with DRLs, chromed grille, L-shaped brake lights, Volvo’s 9.0-inch portrait touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone connectivity, an Orrefors crystal gear lever, radar-based safety features, adaptive cruise control, Volvo’s City Safety, blind sport information, oncoming lane mitigation, etc. Read About – New Volvo V40 & V40 Cross Country
In India, the Volvo XC40 will come with a 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder diesel and a 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder petrol engines paired to an 8-speed automatic gearbox. The former churns out a maximum power of 190bh, and the latter one delivers 247bhp. The SUV will get AWD (all-wheel-drive) system as standard.