With waiting list stretching into the three-month time frame, the locally assembled Volvo XC40 T5 R-Design proves that the Swedish marque maiden attempt at a small SUV has been well received by Malaysians. But is it any good?

Powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine in the T5 tune delivers 252 hp and 350 Nm driving all four wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission. Sprinting from 0 to 100 km/h takes 6.4 seconds, making it the quickest sprinting car in its segment.

Despite being the smallest and most affordable SUV in Volvo Car Malaysia’s (VCM) line up, the XC40 is equipped with the full suite of IntelliSafe Advanced Driver Assistance System and Pilot Assist semi-autonomous driving feature that operates up to 130 km/h. All that for RM255,888 (OTR without insurance)? Sounds like a steal to me.

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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.