The 2018 European Car of the Year award winner was just introduced in Malaysia and we had the opportunity to go out for a quick spin in the Volvo XC40 T5 R-Design around Genting Highlands. The baby SUV has blown my expectations out of the water, to say the least:

Powering the XC40 is a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine in the T5 tune which makes 252 hp and 350 Nm of twist. Drive is channelled to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. Century sprint takes 6.4 seconds and top speed is registered at 230 km/h.

Priced at RM255,888, the locally assembled Volvo XC40 is positioned in the sweet spot between its main rivals the RM227k BMW X1 sDrive20i Sport (CKD) and the RM274k Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 AMG Line (CBU).

The Swedish compact SUV has the upper hand in the safety department by being the only car in the segment to offer the full suite of advanced driving assist systems that bundles Autonomous Emergency Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assist, Pilot Assist semi-autonomous driving and many more.

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Adrian Chia
He believes that the perfect remedy to Monday blues is a mixture of 4 wheels, clear roads and a pinch of twisty tarmac. A hot hatch is the icing on the cake.