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The Volvo XC40 T3.
The Volvo XC40 T3.

Picture this. A luxury train perched on a bridge over a gorge, the water below alive with crocodiles, the banks teeming with buffalo. A plume of dust in the distance signals the approach of a convoy of Volvo XC40s and XC90s making their way to Kruger Shalati: The Train on the Bridge, in the Kruger National Park. I am one of the lucky devils driving one of those cars. My choice, the Volvo XC40 T3 Inscription.

With the newly-launched XC40 T4, top of the range XC40 T5, or big brother XC90 T8 hybrid on offer, why, you may ask, the choice of the entry-level 3-cylinder XC40? The reason is sound, I assure you.

Back in the day, more cylinders equated to more power, but turbo technology has meant that the number of cylinders has become somewhat irrelevant. So, three-cylinder engines have been making a comeback.

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