Despite its relatively compact dimensions, the XC40 is still quite heavy with a kerbweight of 1735kg.
That heft makes it a sensible match for a broad range of caravans.
It certainly has no trouble pulling a tourer weighing 85% of its kerbweight, either in terms of stability or speed.
The 30-60mph acceleration test took a brisk 12.1 seconds, and the stopping distance of 11 metres from 30mph is shorter than many cars in this weight class achieved.
There was a slight shimmy from the caravan when slowing from motorway speeds, but we’ve no complaints at all about the Volvo’s performance in the lane-change test. There was absolutely no drama at all even on the fastest attempt at the manoeuvre.
Inside, the Volvo is beautifully put together. There’s more room inside than you might think, with enough space for adults to get comfortable in the back. However, the transmission tunnel will get in the way of a third rear passenger’s feet.
More boot space would have boosted a nonetheless impressive practicality score.
Model pictured: First Edition
2.0 TDI 190PS Quattro S Line S tronic
Touring xDrive M Sport
xDrive 20d M Sport
2.0 TDCi 180PS AWD ST-Line X Powershift
30d AWD S
20d 240PS AWD R Sport
2.0 GDi PHEV
2.0 T-GDi GT-Line
2.2D 175PS AWD Sport Nav
2.0 dCi 177PS 4WD Tekna X-Tronic 7st
dCi 175 4WD Signature Nav Auto X-Tronic
2.0 170PS 4x4 Blueinjection S/S
Volvo XC40 D4 AWD R-Design Pro
D5 PowerPulse AWD R-Design