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VOLVO XC40 ESTATE

1.5 T5 Recharge PHEV Inscription Pro 5dr Auto

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Volvo's XC40 Recharge Plug-in hybrid is a pricey but very complete product, thinks Jonathan Crouch reports.

Background

The XC40 compact SUV was the last of Volvo's models to get electrification, but it was also the first of the company's cars to get a full-EV electric version, the XC40 P8 Recharge. But if you can't quite face the thought of going for an all-out EV (or that top variant's price of well over £50,000), then this Recharge T5 Plug-in hybrid derivative might be more palatable. At well over £40,000, it's still hardly inexpensive, but it can offer up to 27 miles of all-electric driving before needing to revert to its 178bhp three cylinder 1.5-litre petrol engine. Compromises over the ordinary XC40 model are as few as the visual changes made and there are plenty of driving mode options to ensure that you can maximise the innovative powertrain's impressive efficiency.

Driving Experience

With this Recharge T5 Plug-in hybrid FWD model, the hybrid system's electric motor drives only the front wheels and works via 7-speed dual-clutch auto gearbox. That motor draws its power from a 10.7kWh lithium-ion battery situated in the car's central drivetrain tunnel and will take over from the associated 1.5-litre three cylinder petrol engine to power this Volvo exclusively when you run it in this PHEV variant's provided full-electric 'Pure' driving mode. Most of the time though, you're going to be using this XC40 in its normal 'Hybrid' drive setting, in which the electric motor and the three cylinder engine cut seamlessly in and out, as required. The electrified modes have a specific right hand driving gauge in the instrument binnacle that replaces the rev counter. And a selectable 'Driver Performance' screen on the centre-dash screen can tell you at any given time what's being powered by what. Should you need to press on, there's a sporty 'Power' mode, use of which reminds you that there are plenty of braked horses on offer here, in the case of this T5 PHEV variant 180hp from the 1.5-litre engine and a further 82hp from the electric motor. There's also an alternative T4 Plug-in hybrid derivative which uses the same powertrain but with a slightly de-tuned 129hp version of the 1.5-litre petrol engine. Pushing down past the throttle's kickdown point always brings the petrol engine into play - which you'll obviously need to do if you want to replicate the quoted performance figures; in the case of this T5 PHEV variant, these see 62mph reached in 7.3s, 1.2s quicker than the T4 PHEV version. Both derivatives, like all modern Volvos, top out at 112mph. With this Plug-in model, as with ordinary XC40 variants, ride quality is segment-leading and refinement is difficult to beat in the class too. The brake recuperation system can make it difficult to smoothly bring the car to a standstill though. And you certainly feel this plug-in variant's extra weight (it tips the scales at over 1,800kgs) when pushing on through the bends. Unlike the full-electric P8 variant of this model, this version doesn't have an AWD drivetrain, but Volvo nevertheless, rather ambitiously, provides an 'Offroad' option amongst your various driving mode choices. Unless you find yourself in a muddy carpark, it's probably best to ignore that one.

Design and Build

Visually, unless you happened to pick up the addition of a charging port near the front wheel arch, you probably wouldn't spot any differences between this Plug-in hybrid variant and a more conventional XC40 - and that's exactly the way Volvo wants it. So there's the usual 'robot-inspired' styling, plus piercing 'Thor's Hammer' LED headlights and a clamshell bonnet, along with an inverted front grille and coupe-like rear styling. This Hybrid model's entire powertrain is located under the bonnet, rather than being spread around the car, as was the case with the industry's earlier Plug-in cars. The benefit of that is that cabin room and boot space are completely unaffected by the addition of this car's 'Recharge' technology. Inside, the dash is identical to that of an ordinary combustion-engined variant, save for a few EV-specific electronic gauges. These days, the infotainment system - which works through the standard 9-inch central touchscreen - is powered by Android, which means you get a raft of over-the-air Google features, including Maps and YouTube Music built in. Rear seat room has always been an XC40 strongpoint - it beats most class rivals in this regard: two adults will be very comfortable, even on longer trips. But boot space isn't huge, though the 460-litre capacity figure will probably be quite sufficient for the needs of most owners.

Market and Model

Plug-in Hybrid tech remains pricey: there's no other way of saying it and of course these days, there's no helpful government grant to ease the burden of it a little. The least you can pay for this XC40 Recharge T5 Plug-in hybrid FWD Automatic model is around £41,000. It's slightly less powerful T4 Plug-in hybrid showroom stablemate costs from around £39,000 - and that price reduction is quite important because it means you'll avoid the Vehicle Excise Duty Surcharge that applies over the £40,000 price point. In the case of this T5 PHEV variant, the asking figures equate to a price premium of just over £3,000 over the alternative B5 250hp mild hybrid petrol model. For T5 Plug-in hybrid customers, there's a choice of four trim levels - 'R-Design', 'R-Design Pro', 'Inscription' or 'Inscription Pro', that top variant priced at well over £42,000. For your information, the next stage of electrification represented by the full-electric P8 Pure XC40 model costs around £53,000. The 'R-Design' trimmed variants get gloss black styling details including a contrasting colour black roof, plus diamond-cut or matt black alloy wheels, part-leather seats and aluminium dash inlays. Top-spec 'Inscription' versions meanwhile, enjoy full-leather upholstery, an electric tailgate, wood detailing and a crystal glass gearlever. 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

All the efficiency figures for this T5 Plug-in hybrid are also exactly replicated by the alternative T4 Plug-in hybrid variant: let's take a look at them. Volvo claims a WLTP-rated all-electric driving range of between 26.1 and 27.3 miles, the kind of typical figure claimed by most Plug-in Hybrids. And, as with most Plug-in Hybrids, the actual real-world result you'll probably get while driving normally is much closer to the 20 mile mark. Accept that at the outset, otherwise, you'll end up disappointed. Like all cars of this kind, unless you regularly plug in, all you'll be driving is a relatively thirsty high-output petrol model. You'll want to tick the box for the £50 optional 3.5kWh Type 2 charger and with this in place, a full charge takes about 3 hours. The fantasy land official quoted efficiency stats are up to 135.5mpg on the WLTP combined cycle and up to 47g/km of WLTP-rated CO2. The important thing is though, that the government believes them, hence this model's low 16% Benefit-in-Kind taxation rate - a major incentive for business purchase. Volvo also throws in a year's free electricity usage. Insurance for the T5 PHEV is group 32E: it's group 28E for the T4 PHEV variant. Maintenance 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

For all of Volvo's trumpeted plans for electrification, the truth is that up until now, models from the brand that are truly electrified have made up a tiny part of its overall sales volume. That has to change - and will with the introduction of models like this one. The company's short term aim is for Plug-in Hybrids to quickly make up 20% of its sales volume and you have to think that most of that total needs to be accounted for by this Recharge T5 Plug-in hybrid derivative and its T4 Plug-in stablemate. Given the prices being asked here, that might be a challenging goal for the company to reach, but you can't fault the engineering here - or the way that it's been incorporated into such a pleasing, practicality and stylish overall design. If you want a compact, premium-badged SUV with plug-in tech, this is where it's at right now.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypeHybrid
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

  • Active bending headlights
  • Adaptive brake lights with high level LED brake lights
  • Auto dimming interior mirror
  • Automatic headlamp levelling
  • Chrome window surround
  • Colour coordinated auto folding and heated power door mirrors
  • Dual exhaust pipes
  • Front aluminium tread plates
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • High gloss black grille with chrome inserts
  • High gloss black sensus surround deco
  • High Gloss silver front and rear skid plate
  • Home safe and approach lighting
  • LED front fog lights with static cornering light function
  • LED Headlights + Active high beam incorporating daytime running lights
  • Rain sensor windscreen wipers
  • Rear wiper
  • Recharging port located in nearside front wing
  • Roof antenna
  • Roof spoiler
  • Silver roof rails
  • 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
  • 3 spoke leather steering wheel with chrome trim
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Ambient front door and instrumental panel lighting
  • 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
  • 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 faced upholstery
  • Load protection net
  • Lockable/illuminated glovebox
  • Luxury floor mats
  • Multi directional lumbar support
  • Multicolour theatre lights
  • Orrefors Crystal Gear Lever Knob
  • Rear air vents
  • Rear armrest / integral cup holders / storage tray
  • Rear coat hook
  • Rear reading and courtesy lights
  • Underfloor stowage compartment

Packs

  • Power seat pack - XC40

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
  • Key integrated remote control central locking
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Private locking for tailgate

Technical

  • Dynamic chassis
  • Electric front axle drive

Trim

  • Drift wood inlays

Technical Data

Electric Vehicle Data

  • Battery Capacity in kWh
    10.7
  • Battery Leased
    No
  • Battery Type
    Lithium-ion
  • Coupler/Connector Type
    Type 2
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage
    100000
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years
    8
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (kWh/100km) - Comb - Max
    16.8
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (kWh/100km) - Comb - Min
    15.5
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (miles/kWh) - Comb - Max
    3.7
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (miles/kWh) - Comb - Min
    4
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb
    44
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Max
    42
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Min
    44
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb
    27.3
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Max
    26.1
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Min
    27.3

Emissions - ICE

  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • NOx
    0.01
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6

Emissions - PHEV

  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb
    48
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Max
    55
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Min
    47

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
    7 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    12
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No

Fuel Consumption - PHEV

  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Max
    2.4
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Min
    2.1
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Max
    117.7
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Min
    134.5

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    Yes
  • Badge Engine CC
    1.5
  • Badge Power
    262
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    T5 Recharge PHEV
  • Coin Series
    Inscription Pro
  • Generation Mark
    1
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    32E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • 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)
    7.3
  • Engine Power - BHP
    262
  • Engine Power - KW
    193
  • Engine Power - RPM
    5800
  • 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
    235/50 R19
  • Tyre Size Rear
    235/50 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    5 DOUBLE SPOKE
  • Wheel Type
    19" 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)
    48
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2290
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1336
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    586
  • Max. Loading Weight
    549
  • Max. Roof Load
    75
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1800
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1741
  • No. of Seats
    5
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Customer Reviews

   
Julie Judge

Julie Judge

"Excellent Service I would definitely recommend. Scott and Holly have been outstanding. Thank you so much I love my new car!!."

"a week ago"

Sean Annells

Sean Annells

"First class service from start to finish. Great communication and very competitive on pricing. Always wanted to help and nothing was to much trouble. Tom always replied to my emails as soon as he could and always went the extra mile to answer my questions. Would definitely recommend Silverstone Fleet to anyone."

"3 months ago"

Jen Lamplough

Jen Lamplough

"Excellent friendly, advice when helping me to choose a new electric vehicle. Customer service has been great thank you :)"

"a week ago"

Sonia Smyth

Sonia Smyth

"Very professional service, great communication from start to finish. I would highly recommend."

"a week ago"

Craig Ablett

Craig Ablett

"The whole team at SFM have been great from start to finish! Aby talked me through lots of options before I finally made a choice and ordered. Holly has kept me updated through out and been on hand to answer any questions I have had. Scott also spent time with me and rid me of my range anxiety going across to a full EV. I would highly recommend getting in touch with SFM for any of your car needs."

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