Volvo XC40, elegance and urban safety
During the last years the way of moving around the big cities has changed. Before we got to the center, we parked where we wanted and we didn’t have the magic words so internalized: restricted access zone and environmental pollution.
But now the paradigm has changed. Zero labels to enter certain areas of the center of Madrid, tightening of restrictions on mobility in Barcelona and similar regulations in large European metropolises. In addition, the collective conscience seems to follow the steps of the regulations. That is why the brands have been launching hybrid models for a few years to be able to access the zero kilometer of the cities with an electric motor but also to be able to cross the country from end to end without losing a minimum of power and comfort.
The Volvo XC40 is a sustainable model ideal for traveling on the road, and at the same time, using it to get closer to the center with all the safety available on the market. It is an urban SUV designed for the comfort of the driver without forgetting the rest of the passengers.
Its plug-in hybrid version, the Volvo XC40 T4 Recharge is a highly stylized model synonymous with class and elegance on the outside and comfort and the latest technology on the inside. That is why it is one of the best equipped compact premium SUVs on the market.
It has a three-cylinder gasoline engine with 129 hp and an electric 82 hp. The so-called driving mode pure, that reaches 50 kilometers of autonomy, more than enough for a round trip in a city. And it takes between three and nine hours to recharge depending on the type of connection used. But the best thing about this mode is the high acceleration capacity and the silence inside the cabin. You breathe tranquility.
Hybrid mode is best for a slightly longer trip as it offers the best version of the car by optimizing the drive and electric motor to deliver the best efficiency. For highway driving, the Power mode maximizes the electrical and thermal performance, and the offroad improves traction.
Inside the cabin, the main element is the nine-inch touch screen, which incorporates the Sensus information and entertainment system, which allows the user to connect with the car and with the rest of the world, always keeping him informed and with high security, since it is very intuitive. Through this system you can choose temperature settings, driving modes and the 360-degree camera. Like any last generation model, it is available with Apple Car Play or Android Auto.
In addition, Volvo is debuting with the City Safety system. It is an accident prevention safety system, which is included as standard in the XC90 and available in the rest of the range.
The Pilot Assist driving system is the latest generation of City Safety, which attenuates exits from the road and protects in case they occur, in addition to avoiding collisions with its automatic brake system.
As most city collisions occur at speeds below 30 kilometers per hour, this technology is very useful as it avoids or mitigates collisions with the vehicles in front.
City Safety can help you avoid a collision when your speed is less than or equal to 15 kilometers per hour. Although when it comes to higher speeds, the aggressiveness of the impact can also be reduced. In addition, this tool is disabled at speeds greater than 50 kilometers per hour. It is ideal to help the driver in a critical situation.
If City Safety senses the risk of an imminent collision, the brakes are pre-charged to respond more quickly. If the driver does not brake, City Safety automatically applies the brakes and disengages the accelerator to avoid or mitigate the collision. In addition, it is activated when the vehicle is started but can be switched off, for example, if you are going to drive on a snowy road or between obstacles that reflect light.
But this is not all. This premium Volvo includes a 360-degree camera ideal to help drivers maneuver in difficult parking spaces. We all know what it’s like to park downtown, right?