Configurator Challenge: Volvo XC40

Customisation is in vogue at the minute, but option can be significantly baffling. In our new configurator challenge, we’re likely to let the CarAdvice team loose on a manufacturer’s web site to create their great spec of a certain model.

For this version of the Configurator Problem, we’re building the perfect Volvo XC40 utilizing the company’s British isles web page.

Permit us know what you think in the comments, and which cars you’d like to see subsequent!


Mandy Turner, Street Tester & Podcast Host

Dang, this is one particular fantastic-wanting SUV. Volvo just seems to nail this phase.

I have chosen the XC40 Inscription Pro in T5 AWD spec. It is coated in Maple Brown paint since there’s just not enough brown automobiles on the street (my Dad owns a brown car or truck, okay?).

I’ve long gone minimum with the wheels, picking out the 19-inch 5-spoke diamond lower with matte black accents. I generally imagine if you have a dark exterior, you will need to lighten the inside, so I’ve picked out Blond upholstery for, astonishingly, no more charge.

I haven’t optioned far too considerably, ticking the Intellisafe Surround pack with rear cross-site visitors warn, rear collision mitigation, and automobile-dimming mirrors. A 360-diploma surround check out parking digital camera is one particular of my favorite features on cars and trucks today, so tick that too.

So that brings this XC40 to $72,576 in accordance to the British isles configurator – eesh.


Kez Casey, Street Tester

Simplicity is critical for automobiles like the XC40, which signifies selecting base Momentum trim, which however contains equipment like cruise management, a partial leather inside, dual zone local climate regulate, and a thoroughly-electronic instrument cluster.

The engine decision was a rough a single, but the 116kW T3 petrol is about as brawny as you can go with a 6-speed manual transmission (on the Uk configurator, that is) so 1.5-litres and three cylinders of front-wheel drive fury it is then.

For a bit of visual punch the very simple design appears to be greatest in comfortable 60s-esque Amazon Blue, and although I toyed with one-tone paint the unpleasant C-pillar seam is finest hidden with by a contrasting Ice White roof.

Normally chubby tyres would be the way to go, but there’s only 1 dowdy-seeking 18-inch wheel alternative necessitating the fitment of polished face 19s. Modern Concrete interior trim in cloth and leather-based keeps the foundation design concept likely and is the only offered trim that matches the beige headlining.

Inside highlights are available in aluminium complete, but Volvo’s black textured ‘city map’ trim is far much more exciting and therefore gets the go in advance together with adaptive dampers, Apple CarPlay connectivity, Harman Kardon audio, and a spare tyre (yup, that is an solution) and a big ‘ol panoramic roof to make the most of the sunshine.

It might be humble but this is the right way to spec an XC40.


Scott Collie, Journalist

Volvo isn’t recognized for creating sporty automobiles at the moment, but its designs commonly search greatest in R-Design and style trim.

That is why my XC40 is an R-Design T5, riding on optional 20-inch wheels and 245/45 tyres – entire with pink paint and a black roof, in a natural way.

Within, the seats are trimmed in charcoal leather-based, contrasting with Lava Orange floor mats and R-Layout aluminium dashboard trim (unfortunately, the orange ground mats are not pictured). A leather-trimmed equipment knob is also normal. Amazing, appropriate?

Possibilities? There are a great deal! The Usefulness Pack provides a adaptable load ground, luggage protection net, 12V ability outlet, electrical power-folding rear seat backs and storage underneath the driver seat cushion.

Even though lively protection attributes are wildly about-valued in my head, adaptive cruise command is a truly helpful function, and a person the XC40 really should have. Therefore, my auto has Intellisafe Professional, which provides blind-location monitoring, car-dimming mirrors, rear cross-site visitors inform and adaptive cruise to the mix.

I’ve also added a rear-view camera, the top quality stereo and keyless entry.

This, instead than the E-Pace from a several months ago, is the compact SUV that you really should obtain. Go out and do it – then permit me know you purchased one particular in Collie-spec!


James Wong, Journalist

We’ve saved the finest till very last, definitely. Behold – the Wongy-spec XC40 T5 Inscription Pro.

The flagship Inscription trim is not coming to Australia at first, but I couldn’t resist the attract of extra luxe for my minor Volvo SUV.

For the exterior I’ve picked Luminous Sand, an tasteful but understated shade of beige that states “I’m rich, b****” without having screaming “look at me”.

The attractive 20-inch diamond-reduce alloy wheels are a £750 ($1383) solution, and insert an extra aspect of understated class to the exterior.

Inside of, I’ve absent for the Blond leather upholstery and Drift Wood inlays – the latter the only option with this colour mixture – which no question give a light-weight and airy sense to the cabin.

Though the UK’s array alternative deals even on the top-spec product feel extreme, I in essence ticked all of them since I like my comfort and ease and technological know-how characteristics.

The Xenium Pack (£1600/$2950) adds a 360-diploma digital camera, automatic parking assistant and a panoramic sunroof, whilst the Intellisafe Pro deal (£1500/$2766) provides driver-assist tech like adaptive cruise control with Pilot Guide, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and reverse autonomous crisis braking, alongside with vehicle-dimming rear-perspective and exterior mirrors.

At last, I’ve ticked the box for Apple CarPlay and Android Vehicle (£300/$553, seriously?!) simply because it’s a excellent attribute to have.

That brings my XC40 Inscription Pro to a British on-street rate of £41,770 ($77,018) – I guess money can purchase you class.


Melissa Ong, Social Media and Community Manager

I have selected the XC40 R-Layout Pro in T3 Manual specification, and of study course it’s Crystal White.

The R-Structure will come with some fashionable package – 20-inch double-spoke diamond-slash rims, leather/suede upholstery, Lava Orange carpet and interior trimmings, together with carbon-glimpse inlays. Extremely nice in truth!

I’ve added the Comfort Pack, as all autos really should be – hassle-free! It provides a flexible load flooring with grocery bag holder (Yas!), luggage net, 12V rear electricity outlet in the cargo location (rear sprint cam, think of this peeps), electrical power-folding rear seats, and driver’s underneath-cushion storage.

The Xenium Pack was a different selection I have extra, which incorporates a 360-degree digital camera, park guide and a run glass tilt-and-slide sunroof.

Intellisafe Surround was also a requirement, primarily for the auto-dimming mirrors.

Optional tools for me involves a heated steering wheel (I’m valuable), driven passenger seat (extra for me when vacuuming), smartphone integration (Spotify is everyday living), heated rear seats (you in no way know when you’d want to slumber in the again of your car or truck, in winter…), and wi-fi cellular phone charging (once more, I’m valuable, and I bust a whole lot of cellphone cables).

Is not it a beauty?


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