The Volvo XC40 celebrated its global premiere just a few days ago, and it is now time to get to know the brand’s new compact SUV a little better. The carmaker has posted a walk-around video tour of its smallest XC model, where Louiza Atcheba, model brand manager for the 40 Series at Volvo, shows us around the XC40.

As a brief recap, the compact SUV rides on Volvo’s Compact Modular Architecture (CMA), which will underpin future models in the 40 Series. It measures 4,425 mm long, 1,851 mm, 1,658 mm tall and has a wheelbase measuring 2,702 mm. The car also has a wider rear track (1,626 mm) compared to the one at the front (1,601 mm).

The styling is inspired by some of its larger siblings, namely the XC60 and XC90, although it does have its own unique cues. For instance, the small ‘kick up’ at the rear, sculpted sides, widened wheel arches and single-piece rear hatch, help give the XC40 a more youthful look. Lest we forget, ‘Thor’s hammer’ LED daytime running lights can be found at the front.

Inside, the XC40 is fitted with plenty of familiar items from its stablemates like the nine-inch Sensus Connect touchscreen infotainment system and 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. Our host says everything Volvo does starts with people, and the XC40 has its own unique character and tailored innovations for an active urban lifestyle.

To ensure its well suited for life in the city, the SUV features plenty of clever and practical solutions. For instance, the bass speaker commonly found in the doors has been moved to behind the dashboard, allowing for a larger door pocket to store items like a laptop, iPads, water bottles, etc. There are plenty more features in store, as our host will show you.

Now that you’re better acquainted with the XC40, what do you think of Volvo’s new compact SUV?