Volvo’s rejuvenation has been a joy to behold, and not only is the XC40 crossover its most important new model yet, it’s also the best of the lot. In fact, it’s our favourite car of 2018, full stop. What an achievement. There are elements of mini-XC90 to its design, but plenty of achingly cool touches like a contrasting roof and Swedish flag badges give the XC40 its own youthful personality. This is even more pronounced on the road, where its suspension serves up a happy blend of handling precision and grip, while also throwing an invisible blanket over bumpy tarmac. Snap up this Scandinavian sensation and enjoy the ‘hygge’ that comes with owning the coolest crossover in town before everyone else catches on.
Price Ј29,010 to Ј39,620 Trim levels Momentum, Momentum Pro, R-Design, R-Design Pro, Inscription, Inscription Pro, First Edition Engines 2.0 diesel (148bhp), 2.0 diesel (188bhp) Engines 5-door SUV CO2 emissions 127 to 146g/km Combined fuel economy 51.4 to 58.9mpg