Swedish and sexy: the best kind of SUV
Customisation is in vogue at the moment, but choice can be seriously confusing. In our new configurator challenge, we’re going to let the CarAdvice team loose on a manufacturer’s website to create their ideal spec of a certain model.
For this edition of the Configurator Challenge, we’re designing the perfect Volvo XC40 using the company's UK website.
Let us know what you think in the comments, and which cars you’d like to see next!
Mandy Turner, Road Tester & Podcast Host
Dang, this is one good-looking SUV. Volvo just seems to nail this segment.
Kez Casey, Road Tester
Scott Collie, Journalist
Volvo isn't known for making sporty cars at the moment, but its models generally look best in R-Design trim.
That's why my XC40 is an R-Design T5, riding on optional 20-inch wheels and 245/45 tyres – complete with red paint and a black roof, naturally.
Inside, the seats are trimmed in charcoal leather, contrasting with Lava Orange floor mats and R-Design aluminium dashboard trim (unfortunately, the orange floor mats aren't pictured). A leather-trimmed gear knob is also standard. Cool, right?
Options? There are plenty! The Convenience Pack adds a flexible load floor, luggage protection net, 12V power outlet, power-folding rear seat backs and storage under the driver seat cushion.
Although active safety features are wildly over-valued in my mind, adaptive cruise control is a really handy feature, and one the XC40 should have. Therefore, my car has Intellisafe Pro, which adds blind-spot monitoring, auto-dimming mirrors, rear cross-traffic alert and adaptive cruise to the mix.
I've also added a rear-view camera, the premium stereo and keyless entry.
This, rather than the E-Pace from a few weeks ago, is the compact SUV that you should buy. Go out and do it – then let me know you bought one in Collie-spec!
James Wong, Journalist
We've saved the best until last, obviously. Behold – the Wongy-spec XC40 T5 Inscription Pro.
The flagship Inscription trim isn't coming to Australia initially, but I couldn't resist the allure of extra luxe for my little Volvo SUV.
For the exterior I've chosen Luminous Sand, an elegant yet understated shade of beige that says "I'm rich, b****" without screaming "look at me".
The lovely 20-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels are a £750 ($1383) option, and add an extra element of understated class to the exterior.
Inside, I've gone for the Blond leather upholstery and Drift Wood inlays – the latter the only option with this colour combination – which no doubt give a light and airy feel to the cabin.
While the UK's array option packages even on the top-spec model seem excessive, I basically ticked all of them because I love my comfort and technology features.
The Xenium Pack (£1600/$2950) adds a 360-degree camera, automatic parking assistant and a panoramic sunroof, while the Intellisafe Pro package (£1500/$2766) brings driver-assist tech like adaptive cruise control with Pilot Assist, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and reverse autonomous emergency braking, along with auto-dimming rear-view and exterior mirrors.
Finally, I've ticked the box for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (£300/$553, really?!) because it's a great feature to have.
That brings my XC40 Inscription Pro to a British on-road price of £41,770 ($77,018) – I guess money can buy you class.
Melissa Ong, Social Media and Community Manager
I have chosen the XC40 R-Design Pro in T3 Manual specification, and of course it's Crystal White.
The R-Design comes with some stylish kit – 20-inch double-spoke diamond-cut rims, leather/suede upholstery, Lava Orange carpet and interior trimmings, along with carbon-look inlays. Very nice indeed!
I've added the Convenience Pack, as all cars should be - convenient! It adds a flexible load floor with grocery bag holder (Yas!), luggage net, 12V rear power outlet in the cargo area (rear dash cam, think of this peeps), power-folding rear seats, and driver's under-cushion storage.
The Xenium Pack was another option I've added, which includes a 360-degree camera, park assist and a powered glass tilt-and-slide sunroof.
Intellisafe Surround was also a necessity, mainly for the auto-dimming mirrors.
Optional equipment for me includes a heated steering wheel (I'm precious), powered passenger seat (more for me when vacuuming), smartphone integration (Spotify is life), heated rear seats (you never know when you'd need to sleep in the back of your car, in winter...), and wireless phone charging (again, I'm precious, and I bust a lot of phone cables).