At long last, the Volvo XC40 has finally made its launch debut here in Malaysia, and those interested will have the option of a sole T5 AWD R-Design variant. Priced at RM255,888 on-the-road without insurance, the 2018 European Car of the Year arrives in locally-assembled CKD form, joining the rest of the XC model range in the country.

In T5 spec, motivation is provided by a 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 252 hp and 350 Nm of torque from 1,800 to 4,800 rpm. The Drive-E unit is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission (with shift paddles), and allows for a 0-100 km/h of 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.

The equipment list includes full LED headlamps with the brand’s trademark ‘Thor’s hammer’ LED daytime running lights, 19-inch five-double spoke alloy wheels, 12.3-inch digital driver display, 9.0-inch Sensus Connect portrait touchscreen infotainment system, wireless charging pad, leather and Nubuck upholstery, and dual-zone climate control system.

There’s no shortage of driver assist and safety features either, with Adaptive Cruise Control; Pilot Assist semi-autonomous drive (these two are in the IntelliSafe Assist package); City Safety; pedestrian, cyclist and large animal detection; front and rear collision warning; Lane Keeping Aid; Run-Off Road Mitigation with Road Edge Detection; Oncoming Lane Mitigation; BLIS and cross traffic alert with auto brake being available for the compact SUV.

The XC40 is one of the most anticipated Volvo models to come to Malaysia, so find out more about the XC40 by watching the video above, and share your thoughts about the car with us in the comments section below.

GALLERY: Volvo XC40 T5 AWD R-Design