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Volvo XC40 Wins Drive Car Of The Year Category For Third Consecutive Year

Classics series National Automotive Partner Volvo have received yet another major gong for their popular XC40 model, the small luxury SUV winning its third consecutive ‘Drive Car of the Year’ award.


Now the 2021, 2022 & 2023 winner in the category, judges said the XC40 portrayed ‘a true benchmark of compact luxury’ and ‘continues to offer an unrivalled quality experience for SUV buyers.’


Bicycling Australia and The Classics congratulate Volvo Car Australia on the latest award, and we look forward to seeing and having the latest vehicles from the Volvo range at the forthcoming Snowy & Mudgee Classic Gran Fondo events.


Drive Car of the Year Best Small Luxury SUV – the Volvo XC40

‘The best car in its segment just keeps getting better. Volvo has won the Drive Car of the Year Best Small Luxury SUV award for the third year running. 

Though they may be small, running updates to the Volvo XC40 impressed judges with its revised styling, simplistic infotainment system, and subtle year-on-year tweaks that combine to make an already great vehicle even better.

Above all, the Volvo XC40’s value equation stood out. Consider the fact the 2023 Volvo XC40 range kicks off from just over $50,000, then look at the powerful engine under the bonnet, feature inclusions, and premium materials – it’s a wonder how Volvo is able to offer so much for so little.

During testing, judges were wowed by the XC40’s drive character that provided ample power for varying situations, as well as a suitably premium and plush ride quality. The transmission is slick and responds well to changing speeds. Plus, it works well with the engine to make the XC40 relatively frugal on fuel.  

The praise didn’t end with how well it drove, though. The Drive team continues to be enamoured with the Volvo XC40’s minimalist interior presentation that focuses on high-quality materials and impeccable build quality. The second row might not offer the ultimate in terms of available space – which we’d like to see improved for the car’s next
generation – but the boot is capacious for its size class, which will swell to absorb a small family’s stuff.’ Courtesy of Drive


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