The all-new, first ever Volvo XC40 represents Volvo’s most ambitious attempt at wooing the younger crowd. It’s designed to look hip from the outside, built to impress on the inside, and engineered to put smiles on the faces of those behind the wheel. It’s racking up awards too, first the 2018 European Car of the Year in March, and more recently it was named the 2018 Japan Car of the Year.

To recap, the XC40 sits on the new Compact Modular Architecture (CMA), a new unibody platform that was jointly developed by Geely and Volvo since 2013. It measures 4,425 mm long, 1,863 mm wide and 1,655 mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2,702 mm, making it one of the largest vehicles in its segment.

Powering this 1,704 kg SUV is a 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder Drive-E engine with 252 hp and 350 Nm of torque from 1,800 to 4,800 rpm. Drive is sent to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission (with shift paddles), and that’s good for a 0-100 km/h sprint in 6.4 seconds and a top speed of 230 km/h. Claimed combined fuel consumption is 7.7 litres per 100 km (13 km/l) in the European cycle.

Find out how it drives, rides and handles in the video above. As usual, share with us your thoughts in the comments section below. Enjoy!