Volvo XC40 Ultimate B5 SUV review revisited

Is the Volvo XC40 any good

Volvo XC40 Ultimate – Last year I drove the Volvo XC40 Ultimate B5 SUV. Here is a mid-sized European SUV that is stylish and spacious.

Volvo XC40 Ultimate B5 Dark 2023 AWD SUV front quarter 1 It has a somewhat edgy appearance with a boxy tailgate. It’s a look that grown on you.

Inside the layout is practical and comfortable.

I particularly like the heated front seats with electric adjustment for the driver and the vertical style central touch screen.

The driver feels at home with a thicker steering wheel and clever and different transmission lever.

Rear seats are spacious and comfortable. There is good rear leg and head room for this size vehicle. Boot space is equally spacious.

Volvo XC40 Ultimate B5 Dark 2023 AWD SUV engine

The XC40 B5 is powered by a mild hybrid 4-cylinder turbo petrol engine. There is reasonable power with 183 kilowatts and torque of 250 newton metres. This drives through an all-wheel drive system and an eight-speed automatic transmission.

At times around the suburbs, it felt a little slow to start with, but was smooth and easy to drive. Economy is rated at 7.2l/100k but we used around 10 litres per 100 kilometres around town.

The Volvo XC40 Ultimate B5 Dark we tested was priced at $69,690 including options, plus the usual costs.

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Readers can find more details on the Volvo XC40 HERE 


Volvo XC40 Ultimate B5 Dark 2023 AWD SUV central screen

What is good?

  • Quirky but stylish
  • Cool interior layout
  • SUV practicality and functionality

What is not so good?

Volvo XC40 Ultimate B5 Dark 2023 AWD SUV profile

Instead of the XC40 Ultimate buyers could also look at.

Smaller mid-size SUVs are seemingly everywhere now. The choice can be a bit daunting.

Buyers could look at the Audi Q3 Sportback, Citroen C5 Aircross Sport, Lexus UX, Peugeot 5008 GT, Subaru Outback XT, Citroen C5-X.

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