• The Volvo XC40 T4 in the Wheels24 test garage comes fitted with several optional extras.
• The base price before options for the Inscription trim level is R715 800.
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Having spent some time behind the wheel of the Volvo XC40, there is still much to gawk at, whether it's the abundance of technology at one's disposal or the sheer overall driving dynamics.
The SUV already comes packed with a host of standard features like Cross-Traffic alert with brake support, Adaptive headlights, Pilot Assist system and Run-off Road protection, to name a few. It is a well-known fact that Volvo produces some of the safest vehicles in the world. Furthermore, the Swedish brand also claimed the award as the safest family car in Euro NCAP crash tests for 2021 with its Polestar 2 model.
Like most premium offerings on the market today, everything from wireless connections to driving modes are controlled and monitored by the touch of a button on crystal-clear infotainment screens.
A world full of options
As a refresher, the XC40 T4 in mid-specced Inscription trim before any options are added warrants a price tag of R715 800. Power comes from a turbocharged 2.0-litre engine that generates 140kW and 300Nm with power sent to the front wheels and onto the tarmac via an eight-speed automatic transmission.
While the SUV is already a gem in Inscription specification, the range of optional extras fitted to it adds that extra bit of exclusivity in all the right places.
Below is a quick breakdown of the optional extras fitted:
Power Seat Pack: R5 500
• Power passenger seat
Light Pack: R11 750
• Headlight washers
• Full LED headlights with active bending lights
Driver Assist Pack: R23 500
• Adaptive Cruise Control with Pilot Assist
• Automatically dimmed inner and exterior mirrors
• Blind spot Information System with cross-traffic alert
Lounge Pack: R32 500
• Panoramic sunroof
• 360° Camera
• Harman Kardon Premium Sound system
Single options total: R18 200
• 19-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels - R15 250
• Metallic Paint - R2 950
The total price for everything comes to around R91 000. While some might be scoffing at almost R100 000's worth of extras, many are not just 'for show', instead aiding convenience, and being aesthetically pleasing.
For starters, if you're spending more than R700 000 on an SUV - which roughly equates to a monthly repayment of R14 000 over 60 months according to the Autotrader finance calculator - adding a few extras shouldn't present much of a hindrance. I found the driver assist and light packS to be more beneficial while the Metallic paint option adds more appeal to its looks.
Realistically, most people won't fit all the options available, and the breakdown of packages allows the buyer to choose which works best for what they want out of the vehicle. Depending on the automaker, make, and model, optional packages can cost more than R200 000, so the ones on offer in the XC40 serves as 'affordable' additional features on top of its vast standard equipment.
Optional extras are a nice thing to have and in the XC40's case, most of them make sense and serve a purpose as opposed to being classified as a 'want'.