The new Volvo XC40 has been named the 2018 European Car of the Year. The small SUV from Volvo won with a healthy lead of 325 points over the SEAT Ibiza with 242 points, and the BMW 5-Series with 226 points.

This is the first time that Volvo has won this prestigious award.

The Volvo XC40’s quality, looks, ruggedness and safety impressed Jury members.

“Winning this award with our new XC40 is perfect timing,” said Håkan Samuelsson, President and CEO of Volvo Cars. “Volvo now has three globally available SUVs in its range for the first time. The XC40 will be a strong contributor to further growth, taking us into a new and fast-growing small SUV segment.”

The Volvo XC40 is the first model on Volvo Cars’ new compact modular vehicle architecture (CMA), which will underpin all upcoming cars in the 40 series, including fully electrified vehicles.

“We have a clear strategy for growth and we are committed to leading in automotive safety, connectivity services and electrification,” said Håkan Samuelsson. “The XC40 reflects that commitment, and looking at the response from our customers and from the Car of the Year jury here today, we are on the right track.”

The Volvo XC40 is on sale in Ireland now. For more information visit Volvo’s website.