Swindon car retailer celebrates Auto Trader Awards win

By Jessica Durston - 23 August 2022


Waylands Volvo Swindon announces that one of its most popular models has been crowned the Best Car for Towing, in the Auto Trader New Car Awards.

Staff at Waylands Volvo Swindon on Great Western Way say they are delighted to announce the Volvo XC40 remains “the hallmark of Volvo.” 

The Waylands team say this is thanks to its smooth driving performance, extensive safety features and intuitive electric technology.

The compact SUV is currently available for Swindon drivers to test drive now.

Auto Trader is the UK’s largest automotive marketplace for buying and selling new and used cars. Unlike other car awards which rely solely on editorial judging panels, the 19 winners of this year’s Auto Trader New Car Awards were voted for by everyday car owners – with more than 150,000 motorists having their say.

The XC40, which remains the UK’s most popular premium SUV and topped the annual sales charts for a second year running in 2021, was also praised for its performance.

For the petrol-powered versions, the capacity for towing a braked trailer extends up to 2,100kg for the 197hp all-wheel-drive B4 model, while the new generation of pure electric Recharge XC40s are capable of pulling caravans or braked trailers up to 1,800kg.

Applauded for practicality as well as performance – the model’s towing capability is combined with generous luggage capacity, with 452 litres in the load compartment, or up to 1,328 litres with the rear seats folded down.

This can be further maximised with a range of load-carrying accessories, including roof boxes (which provide up to 500 litres of additional storage space) and bike and ski carriers.

Auto Trader Editorial Director, Erin Baker, said: “Safety, comfort and quality were the top attributes for consumers searching for the best car for towing, and it was the Volvo XC40 that ticked all three boxes this year, offering a premium interior, great technology, a small footprint and that all-important ability to tow.”

Eddie Musselwhite, General Sales Manager at Waylands Volvo Swindon, said: “We’re delighted to have one of our cars recognised by Auto Trader as the best car for towing – especially as this award is voted for by UK motorists.

“The spacious load compartment plus capacity for towing a braked trailer makes this car perfect for road trips and breaks away.

“The SUV market is fiercely competitive, so it’s fantastic to see the XC40 winning more awards and being commended for its state-of-the-art technology, connectivity, safety and, of course, that all-important driving experience. No matter which XC40 you choose – petrol, plug-in hybrid or pure electric – it is a super tow car

“We invite car buyers to our retailer to explore this award-winning model. The XC40 has all the space, comfort and quality that customers value and expect from Volvo’s history, while looking ahead to a more sustainable future.”

Volvo prides itself upon having one of the most ambitious electrification plans in the automotive industry.

It was the first manufacturer to offer a plug-in hybrid version of every car it sells, and by 2025 it aims for 50 per cent of its global sales to consist of fully electric cars, with the rest hybrids.

By 2030, Volvo plans for every car it sells to be fully electric.

For more information on the Volvo XC40 or to book a test drive, individuals can visit their local retailer, Waylands Volvo Swindon on Great Western Way, Swindon.

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