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Thought it might be a good idea for us to give our initial thoughts on our cars after collecting them, to give potential orderers an honest opinion on different cars.
So I picked up my Volvo XC40 Inscription Pro T3 today. I chose Denim Blue paint and Blonde leather interior and the only extra I ordered was Apple CarPlay. I ordered a few days before end of December to avoid what I thought would be a big price hike in Q1; turns out I was right, went from £1899 ap in December to £3199 ap on Jan 1st (ouch). So just over a 9 week wait, which I thought was quite good seen as we ‘are in unprecedented times’! Why the Volvo xc40 you ask? Well I had the xc60 for last 4 years and was very happy with the car, in particular the seats, I have Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis and pain and discomfort are constant and the seats in my xc60 have been a godsend, especially the heated elements and the height of the seat,Additionally, 4 years ago I needed a big car, now not so much so my initial thinking was the xc40.
However, I decided to test drive a few cars, Audi Q3, VW Tiguan, BMW X1, as well as the xc40. After ummming and ahhing I plumped for the xc40 for a number of reasons, I won’t bore you with them but if interested feel free to pm me. The dealers themselves varied greatly to how interested they were in my business (or not) and that was definitely a factor in choosing; remember we have to deal with them for the next 3 years!
So how do I feel about my choice after a day with the vehicle? So far I’m happy with my choice but obviously not done that much driving so will update this thread as time goes on. But I do have a few points to make:
1. Was concerned that the T3 would be under powered compared to a B4 but also was concerned about the mpg on the bigger engine (lots of people getting very low mpg with the B4). So I plumped for the T3, and all I can say is it’s more than ample for the roads I drive. My xc60was 190 odd horsepower and shifted, this is only 160 odd he but a lighter car. No, it’s no sports car but it’s a small suv and is luxurious and relaxing to drive; it does what it says on the tin!
2. The model I chose is pretty loaded spec wise and there isn’t much more I would need or want. I felt it was better value than the other premium brands that had a bigger ap and less spec. Yes, I consider Volvo a premium brand along with BMW and Audi, you may not but that’s an argument for later. I won’t list the spec you can look online but there’s a fair bit of kit on this thing.
3. Having added Apple CarPlay I now know was a good choice. once connected I can use my Tidal app for music or my partners Deezer app, again for music. I can send messages via WhatsApp with voice command, use Siri for loads of stuff and google search, all by voice command; I’m pretty sure I’ve not discovered everything yet!
4. Apparently, when I get Volvo on call set up, according to the sales asst I can heat the car and defrost windscreen of a morning before I get in, as well as locking and unlocking from my app. I’ll let you know when it’s set up if it’s any good.
5. I have heard a few people on here say their seats have been uncomfortable, mine appear to be just as good as my xc60’s but that maybe because mine was only built a couple of weeks ago. What I would say in the leg/thigh bolsters (if that’s what you call them, brain not working) do add comfort as long as you don’t extend them, then, for me anyway, they sort of dig in back of your leg.
6. The ride so far feels fairly good, the suspension seems to smooth out most road faults and bumps. Yes, if you put your foot down it’s has some body roll but remember it’s a small suv not a sports car! Noise in cabin seems very low but have yet to hit the motorways.
So for day 1 that’s about as much as I can say. If anyone interested I can put a few pics up, just let know . Please I urge people to give me their views, no offence taken if you don’t agree and please feel free to post your initial views on your cars.