Car review: The XC40 B4 is a Volvo for hard times

The XC40 looks and feels bigger than its dimensions suggest. ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN
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SINGAPORE – When the going gets tough, the tough get going. This saying certainly applies to the motor industry now, when sky-high certificate of entitlement (COE) prices are keeping all but the wealthiest car buyers away.

Between marques which have given up and those which can thrive among stratospheric COE premiums are brands that are trying their darnest. Volvo and Volkswagen are two such brands.

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