2018 European Car of the Year is Volvo XC40
The Flagship Model
The victory of the XC40 means that the entire line-up of new global Volvo SUVs have all been named Car of the Year in either Europe or North America. Both the large XC90 and mid-size XC60 were awarded the North American Truck/Utility of the Year title in the past two years.
The XC40 sets a new standard in its segment in terms of design, connectivity, and safety technology. The XC40 is the first model on Volvo Cars’ new compact modular vehicle architecture (CMA), which will support all upcoming cars in the 40 Series, including fully electrified vehicles. Co-developed together with Geely, CMA provides the company with the necessary economies of scale for this segment.
The XC40 includes many safety features to protect its drivers, such as Volvo Cars’ Pilot Assist system, the City Safety braking system for avoiding crashes, Run-off Road protection and mitigation, Cross Traffic alert with brake support and the 360° Camera that helps drivers manoeuvre their car into tight parking spaces.
The XC40 also offers an ingenious interior design with more functional storage space in the doors and under the seats, a special space for phones including inductive charging, a foldout hook for small bags, and a removable waste bin in the tunnel console.
In 2017, the company announced its commitment to electrify all Volvo Cars launched from 2019. In line with this leadership position in electrification, a hybridised as well as a pure electric powertrain option for the XC40 will be added later.