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VOLVO XC40 ESTATE

2.0 B4P Momentum 5dr Auto

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Volvo's compact XC40 SUV has delivered some new beginnings for the company. Jonathan Crouch drives it.

Background

Volvo took its time in developing a contender for the industry's fastest-growing market segment, that for compact family hatchback-based SUVs. The XC40 put that right. 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, including three cylinder engines plus Plug-in hybrid and a fully-electric versions. 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 and in 163hp guise in the T3 variant. Both only come with front wheel drive and the T3 can be had with the option of auto transmission. Further up the petrol range, there's Volvo's 2.0-litre mild hybrid unit which has to be mated to auto transmission. It's available in 197hp form in the B4 petrol derivative (offered with front or four-wheel drive). If you want an electrified XC40, that 1.5-litre petrol engine also features in 129hp form mated to an 82hp electric motor in the Recharge T4 Twin Engine Plug-in hybrid model. And in 180hp form mated to an 82hp electric motor in the Recharge T5 Twin Engine Plug-in hybrid variant. There's also a full-electric model, the P8 Pure electric AWD Automatic, which has a 408hp fully electrified powertrain. Across the range, available driving systems include the brand's 'Pilot Assist' autonomous set-up which can steer and brake for you on the highway.

Design and Build

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. What it means here is that for the first time, Volvo has a range of three SUVs; other brands have that too of course but in this case, the three products are each quite distinct in character. The Swedish brand hopes that'll be significant.

Market and Model

Prices start at just over £25,000 and range up to just over £53,000 for the full-electric P8. There are three main levels of trim - 'Momentum', 'R-Design' and 'Inscription', with plusher 'Pro' variants of each. Every version of the XC40 is very well equipped. As standard, even entry-level 'Momentum' 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 18" alloy wheels. If you upgrade to sporty 'R-Design' trim, you additionally 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' variants meanwhile, enjoy fill-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

On the the figures, all now WLTP-rated. The T2 and T3 petrol variants most will choose offer combined fuel consumption of up to 41.5mpg on the combined cycle and CO2 emissions from 158g/km - that's in front-driven manual form. The petrol-powered 197hp B4 mild hybrid offers combined fuel economy of up to 39.2mpg on the combined cycle and CO2 emissions from 167g/km in front-driven form. The Recharge T5 Plug-in hybrid (which can go up to 31 miles on a charge) manages the faintly unbelievable official combined cycle fuel reading of up to 139.4mpg and a CO2 reading of up to 47g/km. The P8 full-electric model can go up to 249 miles on a single charge and its battery can be re-charged to 80% of its capacity in 40 minutes using a fast-charger. 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

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
Emissions162.00g/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
  • Colour coordinated auto folding and heated power door mirrors
  • Dark grey front grille with chrome surround
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • High gloss black sensus surround deco
  • High Gloss silver front and rear skid plate
  • Home safe and approach lighting
  • LED Headlights + Active high beam incorporating daytime running lights
  • Rain sensor windscreen wipers
  • Rear wiper
  • 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
  • Centre console cupholders and storage
  • Driver's side lower dashboard credit card storage compartment
  • Floor mats
  • Front footwell illumination
  • Front headrests
  • Front reading light and theatre lighting
  • Front tunnel net pocket and integrated waste bin
  • Glovebox bag hook
  • Height/reach adjustable steering column
  • Illuminated luggage compartment
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors + ticket holder
  • Isofix attachments on rear seats
  • Leather gearknob
  • Load protection net
  • Lockable/illuminated glovebox
  • Multi directional lumbar support
  • Rear air vents
  • Rear armrest / integral cup holders / storage tray
  • Rear coat hook
  • 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

  • Dynamic chassis

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • NOx
    0.029
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    162
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max
    175
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min
    162

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1969
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery
    TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Gears
    8 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    16
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
    7.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
    7.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max
    8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min
    7.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max
    6.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min
    6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max
    10.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min
    10.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max
    7.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min
    6.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
    36.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
    39.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max
    35.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min
    38.7
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max
    43.1
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min
    47.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max
    26.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min
    27.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max
    38.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min
    42.2

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    Yes
  • Badge Engine CC
    2.0
  • Badge Power
    197
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    B4P
  • Coin Series
    Momentum
  • Generation Mark
    1
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    24E
  • 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)
    8.4
  • Engine Power - BHP
    197
  • Engine Power - KW
    145
  • Engine Power - RPM
    4800
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    221
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    30.6
  • Engine Torque - NM
    300
  • 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 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
    2210
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1336
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    586
  • Max. Loading Weight
    570
  • Max. Roof Load
    75
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    2100
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1640
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    11.4
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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"

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

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

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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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