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VOLVO XC40 ESTATE

1.5 T3 [163] R DESIGN 5dr Geartronic

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Volvo's compact XC40 SUV has delivered some new beginnings for the company. Jonathan Crouch drives and checks out the latest versions.

Background

Volvo took its time in developing a contender for the industry's fastest-growing market segment, that for compact family hatchback-based SUVs. Back in 2017, the XC40 put that right. Since then, it's been usefully updated. Under the skin lies a bespoke 'Compact Modular Architecture' platform that Volvo created with its Chinese owner Geely. It's a chassis that will in future be used by a whole range of new compact Volvo models, but it's hard to believe that many of them will be much more significant than this one. Established premium brand compact SUV contenders like BMW's X1, Mercedes' GLA and Audi's Q3 are all within this XC40's sights. So it'll have to be good.

Driving Experience

The XC40's 'CMA' platform has been based around provision for a whole range of future cutting-edge Volvo powerplants. All the combustion units now fuel from the green pump and the range starts with a three cylinder 1.5-litre engine used in 129hp form in the T2 model, the only variant in the range with manual transmission. The auto models most will want start with the B3 mild hybrid 163hp variant, which sits alongside a 197hp B4 mild hybrid model. That B4 variant also comes with the option of All-wheel drive. Want combustion-style electrification with your XC40? Well Volvo also offers a front-driven T4 Plug-in Hybrid XC40 Recharge model, which mates the three cylinder 1.5-litre engine with an 82hp electric motor. There's also a T5 Plug-in Hybrid that mates that electric motor with a 180hp version of the same engine. Both go up to 28 miles on a charge. If you need your XC40 to be fully battery-powered, There are two Pure Electric variants on offer, both of which use a 75kWh (usable) battery. The base front-driven single-motormodel offers 231hp. The alternative AWD model offers the twin electric motor set-up (one on each axle) that we've already seen on the top version of the extremely rapid Polestar 2 EV sports saloon. There's 408hp on tap (yes, you heard that right), which seems like it'd be rather excessive for the needs of most likely customers, sprinting you to 62mph from rest in just 4.7s with more torque than you'd get in a Nissan GT-R super sports car - 660Nm of it, at which point, the motor's spinning at a heady 14,000rpm.

Design and Build

This XC40 has recently been updated with a smarter front bumper and a frameless front grille. That latter feature is blanked off in the Pure Electric model, which is the main visual difference marking out that full-EV XC40 variant from the combustion-engined versions of this design. In addition, the car's signature Thor's Hammer headlights have been augmented with state-of-the-art pixel LED light technology, enabling them to automatically adapt to traffic in front and efficiently light up the road ahead without dazzling other drivers. Otherwise, the XC40 is much as it was when we first saw it back in 2017. It's an interesting combination this. A Swedish-branded product, financed by a Chinese conglomerate, styled by a British designer and built in a Dutch factory. We'll start with the penman, a young Englishman Ian Kettle who says that the look of this car was inspired by robots he'd seen in sci-fi movies. In styling this contender, his brief was to give the XC40 its own identity, rather than simply making it a down-sized XC60. So while this car shares its bigger stablemate's 'Thor's Hammer' LED headlights and clamshell bonnet, it also gets unique touches like an inverted front grille and coupe-like rear styling. To some extent of course, the XC40 had to be different because it rides on quite different underpinnings, a 'CMA' ('Common Modular Architecture') platform that'll be seen on a whole range of future small models from Volvo and its Chinese parent Geely. Not too much is different with the latest model inside, though if you delve into the workings of the central portrait-style 9-inch screen, you'll find that the infotainment system is powered by Android, which means you get a raft of over-the-air Google features, including Maps and YouTube Music built in. What else might you need to know about the cabin? Well because the XC40's basic architecture was designed to accommodate a full-electric powertrain from the start, there are no compromises with the EV model over combustion versions when it comes to rear seat legroom. Or luggage space. Which is just as well because trunk capacity isn't huge, though the 452-litre capacity figure will probably be quite sufficient for the needs of most owners.

Market and Model

Prices start at just over £26,500 and range up to just over £57,000 for the top AWD Pure Electric variant. In the combustion XC40 range, there are four levels of trim - 'Start', 'Core', 'Plus' and 'Ultimate'. The Pure Electric front-driven versions start at around £43,500 for the base 'Core' versions, with 'Plus' and 'Ultimate' beyond. With the Pure Electric AWD model, priced from around £54,000, the trim options stick at 'Plus' and 'Ultimate'. As standard, even entry-level 'Start' combustion variants come with LED headlights with optional active high beam, two-zone climate control with a 'CleanZone' air-filtration system, rear parking sensors, a 12.3-inch TFT instrument binnacle display and 17" alloy wheels. 'Core' spec adds larger 18-inch wheels, roof rails and a power-operated tailgate. Plusher 'Plus'-spec gets you keyless entry, LED front fog lamps, a Park Assist system, a flexible load floor and heat for the front seats and steering wheel. Top 'Ultimate' trim gives you 19-inch wheels, Volvo's 'Pilot Assist' with Adaptive Cruise Control set-up and a 12-speaker Harmon Kardon sound system. There's also a powered sunroof, a 360-degree camera system and a headlamp cleaning system. As ever with Volvo, a key focus is safety. An autonomous braking system is standard-fit and this system can specifically detect people and animals. There's also an 'Oncoming Lane Mitigation' set-up that not only stops you from pulling out into the path of an oncoming vehicle but can also steer you away from such an impact. Pilot Assist, Volvo's innovative semi-autonomous drive feature, is an optional extra on every XC40, as is 'Run-off Road Protection and Mitigation'. And Cross Traffic Alert with brake support', which warn you of oncoming vehicles when you're reversing out of a space.

Cost of Ownership

On the the WLTP figures. The base conventional manual T2 petrol variant offers combined fuel consumption of up to 40.9mpg on the combined cycle and CO2 emissions from 157g/km. The B3 and B4 mild hybrid front-driven models both offer combined fuel economy of up to 42.1mpg on the combined cycle and CO2 emissions up to 152g/km. The Recharge Plug-in hybrids (which can go up to 28 EAER-rated miles on a charge) both manage a faintly unbelievable official combined cycle fuel reading of up to 134.5mpg and a CO2 reading of around 47g/km. The front-drive Pure Electric model can go up to 264 miles on a single charge. The Dual Motor AWD Pure Electric XC40 manages up to 259 miles. Charging times for the EV variants are competitive. Overnight charging via a home wallbox will occupy around 8 hours. When out and about, if you come across a 150kW public rapid charger, you'll be able to replenish from empty to 80% in just 40 minutes. You can of course set charging times remotely - in this case via the 'Volvo On Call' app. There are of course, lots of taxation advantages in running an EV. With this one, as with its main rivals, you'll be rated at just 1% for BiK Benefit-in-Kind taxation for the first tax year of use, and at only 2% for the subsequent two years. Maintenance across the XC40 range should be relatively affordable for a car of this kind, with three or five year pre-paid servicing packages are available to help you budget ahead. If you pay extra for the useful 'On Call with App' remote connectivity system, this Volvo can be programmed to autonomously realise when a service is due, then automatically book it for you at a dealership of your choice. Finally, we'll tell you that the warranty is the usual three year, 60,000 mile package.

Summary

Volvo clearly felt that to break into the premium brand compact SUV segment, it had to offer something distinctively different to its German rivals, so that's exactly what we've got. Not everyone will like the looks but there's no doubt that they will help the brand to target buyers who would never previously have considered a Volvo. Will these people pass up a premium German-branded alternative to own this car though? Well, the class-leading safety standards may be tempting for some. And the personalisation options a deciding factor for others. Overall, if you're looking for a quality option that's a bit more unique in this segment, Volvo thinks it has a car that'll interest you very much.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypePetrol
Emissions
Emissions166.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed112mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • 12.3" Active TFT crystal driver's instrument display
  • 9" centre console portrait touch screen
  • Adjustable steering wheel force
  • Bluetooth hands free telephone kit
  • Drive mode selector
  • Lane keep assist with driver alert control
  • Oncoming Lane Mitigation
  • Sensus navigation with European mapping and traffic information
  • Speed limiter
  • Speed sensitive steering
  • Voice control system
  • Volvo on call

Entertainment

  • DAB Digital radio
  • Steering wheel mounted remote controls

Exterior Features

  • Adaptive brake lights with high level LED brake lights
  • Auto dimming interior mirror
  • Automatic headlamp levelling
  • Black stone door mirrors
  • Black stone roof
  • Dark tinted glass for rear windows + rear screen + side luggage area window
  • Dual integrated exhaust pipes with high gloss black surround
  • Electric folding and heated door mirrors
  • Front aluminium tread plates
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • High Gloss black front and rear skid plate
  • High gloss black lower front bumper
  • High gloss black mesh front grille with high gloss black surround
  • High gloss black roof rails
  • High gloss black sensus surround deco
  • High gloss black window trim
  • Home safe and approach lighting
  • LED front fog lights
  • LED Headlights + Active high beam incorporating daytime running lights
  • Rain sensor windscreen wipers
  • Rear wiper
  • Roof antenna
  • Roof spoiler
  • Visible VIN plate

Interior Features

  • 12V socket in front tunnel console and cargo compartment
  • 2 zone electronic climate control with Clean zone air quality system + pollen filter + cooled glovebox
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Ambient front door and instrumental panel lighting
  • Black headlining
  • Bright metal luggage threshold
  • Centre console cupholders and storage
  • Driver's side lower dashboard credit card storage compartment
  • Front door pocket and front cupholder illumination
  • Front footwell illumination
  • Front headrests
  • Front tunnel net pocket and integrated waste bin
  • Glovebox bag hook
  • Height/reach adjustable steering column
  • High gloss centre tunnel deco
  • Illuminated luggage compartment
  • Illuminated tailgate
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors + ticket holder
  • Isofix attachments on rear seats
  • Leather coloured key integrated remote
  • Leather gearknob
  • Load protection net
  • Lockable/illuminated glovebox
  • Multi directional lumbar support
  • Multicolour theatre lights
  • Perforated leather steering wheel
  • Rear air vents
  • Rear armrest / integral cup holders / storage tray
  • Rear coat hook
  • Rear reading and courtesy lights
  • Sports pedals
  • Underfloor stowage compartment

Safety

  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • City safety
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • DSTC-Dynamic Stability and Traction Control
  • Dual stage Driver/Passenger Airbags
  • Electronic parking brake with auto hold
  • First aid kit
  • Hill descent control
  • Hill start assist
  • Inflatable curtain
  • Passenger airbag cut-off device
  • Road sign information display
  • Run off Road Mitigation
  • Run off Road Protection
  • Seatbelt reminder and pretensioners
  • SIPS (Side Impact Protection System)
  • SIPS airbags
  • Slippery road and hazard light alert
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Vehicle deceleration control with Anti-lock Brake System, Electronic Brake Distribution and Emergency Brake Assist
  • Warning triangle
  • WHIPS whiplash protection system - front

Security

  • Anti-theft alarm including immobiliser/volume sensor + level sensor
  • Care key
  • Fuel flap with deadlocking system
  • Key integrated remote control central locking
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Private locking for tailgate

Technical

  • Sports chassis

Trim

  • Cutting edge aluminium inlay

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • CO2 (g/km)
    147
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • NOx
    0.02
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    166
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max
    179
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min
    166

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1477
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    3
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery
    TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Gears
    8 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    12
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
    7.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
    7.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max
    8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min
    7.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max
    6.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min
    6.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max
    10.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min
    10
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max
    7.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min
    7.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
    35.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
    38.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max
    35.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min
    38.2
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max
    42.2
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min
    45.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max
    26.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min
    28.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max
    36.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min
    39.2

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    1.5
  • Badge Power
    163
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    T3 [163]
  • Coin Series
    R Design
  • Generation Mark
    1
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    23E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    97
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    87
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    5
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    71
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    76
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    12
  • Service Interval Mileage
    18000
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    9.6
  • Engine Power - BHP
    163
  • Engine Power - KW
    120
  • Engine Power - RPM
    5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    195
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    27
  • Engine Torque - NM
    265
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    1500
  • Top Speed
    112

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    235/55 R18
  • Tyre Size Rear
    235/55 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    5 DOUBLE SPOKE
  • Wheel Type
    18" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1658
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4425
  • Wheelbase
    2702
  • Width
    1910
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2034

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    54
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2120
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1336
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    586
  • Max. Loading Weight
    566
  • Max. Roof Load
    75
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1600
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1554
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    11.4
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Customer Reviews

   
Lewis Higginson

Lewis Higginson

"First time using Silverstone Fleet Management & would recommend them to everyone. Tom & Michelle were excellent. Both were incredibly helpful and efficient, always responding to emails and phone calls and so friendly and easy to talk to. Always keeping me up to date & nothing was too much of an ask. Couldn't be happier with my car & look forward to using Silverstone Fleet Management in the future."

"4 weeks ago"

Karen Elizabeth James

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"I have recently taken delivery of a company vehicle via Silverstone. I was introduced to them by my accountant who said they were very competitive. A major factor for me was that Volkswagen wanted a £3k deposit during the 4 month build period. That is a lot of money sitting in someone else's bank. The deal I got and the service I received from start to finish was excellent. The staff are very friendly and professional. There was not one step of the process where I was not kept informed. I will definitely be using them again and highly recommend them. UPDATE June 22 - I have just taken delivery of another vehicle via Aby at Silverstone FM. The service was excellent yet again. No messing around at multiple dealerships, the admin process was easy and straight forward. Highly recommended yet again."

"a month ago"

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"From start to finish the service has been fantastic, nothing was too much effort, the car arrived on time and the whole process was simple and effective. Would definitely use again."

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