Parkers overall rating: 4.3 out of 5 4.3

Should you buy a Volvo XC40 SUV?

Yes. The Swedish brand has made a bit of a splash with its smallest SUV, emulating the success of the larger XC60 and XC90 models. Without doubt, Volvo has hit the bullseye with the XC40, producing a stylish, practical, nice-to-drive, tech-filled premium SUV that gives rivals such as Audi’s Q3, BMW’s X1 and the ubiquitous Range Rover Evoque a lot to think about. 

The smooth ride and posh interior makes this car an easy choice for buyers looking for an upmarket crossover. The only missing piece in the jigsaw is its lack of full electrified options, but that will be remedied when XC40 Recharge Pure Electric models come to the UK.

For those on a budget then the cheapest XC40s are the front-wheel drive manual-transmission T3 petrol and D3 diesel, developing 163hp and 150hp, respectively. Performance fans may perhaps want to look at a sportier SUV than the XC40, however the 2.0-litre petrol T5 engine offers ample poke in the form of 247hp. 

Our choice? We favour the mid-range T4 and D4, both producing 190hp and striking a decent balance between real-world performance and economy.

Currently there are six trim levels to choose from: Momentum is the starting point, followed by the luxurious Inscription and sporty R-Design, with better appointed Pro versions of each packing even more desirable items of equipment meaning there’s less need to dip into the extra-cost options list.

Momentum Pro ticks many boxes and represents a decent-value point of what’s undeniably a pricy range of cars. Options-wise, we’d strongly consider the Convenience Pack for additional flexibility with the boot space as well as keyless entry and the Xenium Pack to garner a panoramic roof as well as a 360-degree camera system.

So, there are lots of choices, and it looks and feels good. But, then, so does the Range Rover Evoque. Would we take an XC40 over its British rival?

At current monthly rental costs, which look good for the small XC40, and less good for the Evoque, we'd have to plump for the Swede over the Brit. That could change very quickly if those monthly costs swing the other way.

Further reading

>> Group test: See how the Volvo XC40 fares against the BMW X2, Range Rover Evoque and DS 7 Crossback

>> The best new car deals

>> Everything we know about the fully-electric Volvo XC40