This XC40 Inscription will be a rare opportunity to stand out from the crowd with this colour combination of Pine Grey Metallic and Oxide Red Leather, definitely giving it that WOW factor. A lot of features are standard as this is an Inscription model, but this example has a massive list of further options. Factory fitted options include Xenium Pack with Power Glass Tilt and Slide Sunroof, 360 Degree Surround View Parking Camera and Park Assist Pilot via Front and Rear Park Assist Sensors. Winter Pack with Heated Steering Wheel, Heated Front Seats, Headlight Cleaning System and Heated Washer Nozzles. Intellisafe Pro with Pilot Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control, Auto Dimming Interior and Exterior Rear View Mirrors and Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Alert and Rear Collision Mitigation. Convenience Pack with Power Folding Rear Seat Backrests, Driver Side Under Cushion Storage, 12v Outlet to Cargo Area, Flexible Load Floor with Grocery Bag Holder and Luggage Protection Net. Further individual options include Keyless Drive, Entry and Start with Hands Free Powered Tailgate Opening and Closing, Sensus Connect with Premium Sound by Harman Kardon with DAB Radio, Dolby Pro Logic II Surround Sound, Dirac Live, 13 Speakers and Subwoofer, Power Child Locks Rear Doors, Smartphone Integration with Apple Car Play, Android Auto and 2x Front USB Ports, Power Passenger Seat, 21 Inch Diamond Cut Alloy Wheels with Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, Wireless, Inductive Mobile Phone Charging, Privacy Glass and Tempa Spare Wheel and Jack. Standard features include Navigation Pro, LED Headlights with Active High Beam, Driver Alert Control with Lane Keeping Aid, Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control, Voice Activated Control for Key Functions, Volvo On Call with App, 12.3 Inch Active TFT Crystal Driver's Information Display, Orrefors Crystal Gear Lever, Auto Folding Power Door Mirrors and much more. Please call for further information and to arrange your viewing.
Diesel 39.8 combined MPG (WLTP)
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A top spec XC40 with a difference! With a superb list of fitted options as well as a rare colour combination, If you love tech and dare to be different, this unique car is the one for you!
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Front and rear electric windows, Rain sensor with automatic windscreen wiper activation, Rear wiper
DSTC-Dynamic Stability and Traction Control, Electronic parking brake with auto hold, Hill descent control, Hill start assist, Vehicle deceleration control with Anti-lock Brake System, Electronic Brake Distribution and Emergency Brake Assist
Bluetooth hands free telephone kit, Voice activated control for key functions, Volvo on call
Adjustable steering wheel force, Drive mode selector, Lane keep assist with driver alert control, Oncoming Lane Mitigation, Speed limiter, Speed sensitive steering
12.3" Active TFT crystal driver's instrument display, 9" centre console portrait touch screen, Sensus navigation with European mapping and traffic information
Auto dimming interior mirror, Colour coordinated auto folding and heated power door mirrors
Drift wood inlays
DAB Digital radio, Steering wheel mounted remote controls
Exterior Body Features
Chrome window surround, Dual exhaust pipes, Front aluminium tread plates, High gloss black front grille with chrome inserts, High gloss black sensus surround deco, High Gloss silver front and rear skid plate, Roof antenna, Roof spoiler, Silver roof rails, Visible VIN plate
Adaptive brake lights with high level LED brake lights, Automatic headlamp levelling, Home safe and approach lighting, LED front fog lights, LED Headlights + Active high beam incorporating daytime running lights
2 zone electronic climate control with cooled glovebox and rear air vent
12V socket in front tunnel console and cargo compartment, 3 spoke leather steering wheel with chrome trim, 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 tunnel net pocket and integrated waste bin, Glovebox bag hook, Height/reach adjustable steering column, High gloss centre tunnel deco, Illuminated tailgate, Leather coloured key integrated remote, Leather faced upholstery, Load protection net, Lockable/illuminated glovebox, Orrefors Crystal Gear Lever Knob, Rear armrest / integral cup holders / storage tray, Rear coat hook, Underfloor cargo storage
Ambient front door and instrumental panel lighting, Front footwell illumination, Front reading light and theatre lighting, Illuminated luggage compartment, Multicolour theatre lights, Rear reading and courtesy lights
3x3 point rear seatbelts, City safety includes pedestrian, cyclist and large animal detection and front collision warning with full auto brake, Drivers knee airbag, Dual stage Driver/Passenger Airbags, First aid kit, Front and outer rear seatbelt reminder and pretensioners, Front seats SIPS airbags, Inflatable curtain, Passenger airbag cut-off device, Road sign information display, Run off Road Mitigation, Run off Road Protection, SIPS (Side Impact Protection System), Slippery road and hazard light alert, Tyre pressure monitoring system, Warning triangle, WHIPS whiplash protection system - front
60/40 split folding rear seat, Front headrests, Isofix attachments on rear seats, Multi directional lumbar support
Anti-theft alarm including immobiliser/volume sensor + level sensor, Care key, Key integrated remote control central locking + fuel flap with deadlocking system and auto open/close power windows, Locking wheel nuts, Private locking for tailgate
Illuminated vanity mirrors
|Badge Engine CC:||2.0|
|Based On ID:||N|
|Coin Description:||D4  AWD|
|Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07:||29E|
|Man 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|
|Service Interval Frequency - Months:||12|
|Service Interval Mileage:||18000|
|Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage:||60000|
|Standard manufacturers warranty - Years:||3|
|Vehicle Homologation Class:||M1|
|Standard Euro Emissions:||EURO 6|
|WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb:||167|
|WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max:||185|
|WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min:||167|
|Engine Layout:||FRONT TRANSVERSE|
|Fuel Delivery:||COMMON RAIL|
|Number of Valves:||16|
|EC Combined (mpg):||56.5|
|EC Extra Urban (mpg):||61.4|
|EC Urban (mpg):||49.6|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max:||7.1|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min:||6.4|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max:||7.2|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min:||6.6|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max:||6.1|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min:||5.4|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max:||8.9|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min:||7.8|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max:||7.1|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min:||6.3|
|WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max:||39.8|
|WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min:||44.1|
|WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max:||39.2|
|WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min:||42.8|
|WLTP - MPG - High - Max:||46.3|
|WLTP - MPG - High - Min:||52.3|
|WLTP - MPG - Low - Max:||31.7|
|WLTP - MPG - Low - Min:||36.2|
|WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max:||39.8|
|WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min:||44.8|
|0 to 62 mph (secs):||7.9|
|Engine Power - BHP:||190|
|Engine Power - KW:||140|
|Engine Power - PS:||True|
|Engine Power - RPM:||4000|
|Engine Torque - LBS.FT:||295|
|Engine Torque - MKG:||40.8|
|Engine Torque - NM:||400|
|Engine Torque - RPM:||1750|
|Emissions Test Cycle:||WLTP|
|Tyre Size Front:||235/55 R18|
|Tyre Size Rear:||235/55 R18|
|Tyre Size Spare:||TYRE REPAIR KIT|
|Wheel Style:||6 SPOKE|
|Wheel Type:||18" ALLOY|
|Height (including roof rails):||N|
|Width (including mirrors):||2034|
|Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres):||54|
|Gross Vehicle Weight:||2250|
|Luggage Capacity (Seats Down):||1336|
|Luggage Capacity (Seats Up):||586|
|Max. Loading Weight:||552|
|Max. Roof Load:||75|
|Max. Towing Weight - Braked:||2100|
|Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked:||750|
|No. of Seats:||5|
|Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb:||11.4|
Volvo's XC40 is a small premium SUV set to surprise a few people. Jonathan Crouch drives the desirable D4 diesel variant.
In Sweden, they design SUVs just a little differently. Take this one, Volvo's XC40, tested here in D4 diesel form. It gets its own 'CMA' platform and some very distinct design to set itself apart. The result is an interesting alternative to more mainstream premium-branded compact SUVs like BMW's X1 and the Mercedes GLA. And one you might rather like.
A lot of Swedish rhetoric's being used in marketing this car, but actually it's culturally quite mixed. The distinctive shape is the work of young British stylist Ian Kettle and the car's built at Volvo's Ghent plant in Belgium. Under the skin meanwhile, lie underpinnings jointly developed with the brand's parent company the Geely Auto Corporation of China, who'll use this car's new 'Compact Modular Architecture' platform in a whole range of forthcoming Oriental models. There are Swedish characteristics here too of course - the ones likely buyers will probably want: class-leading standards of safety and the promise of a relaxed comfortable road going demeanour. Plus to suit the mood of the day, there's semi-autonomous driving technology and a chassis developed to take both hybrid and full-electric powertrains. We also get the option of 4WD and some really clever practical interior touches. In short, it all sounds pretty promising - which is why this Volvo received the 2018 European Car of the Year award. Time to put it to the test.
Volvo SUVs aren't generally burdened with customer expectations of super-sharp handling dynamics. But they absolutely must ride with decorum, function with refinement and be relaxing to use. If that defines the minimum requirement here, then I'd say the XC40 slightly exceeds it, without ever really allowing any degree of driving enjoyment to get in the way of its day-to-day duties. Few segment rivals manage to be much different and offhand, I can't think of any of them that ride much better than this car over poor surfaces. Tarmac tears, expansion joints and speed humps are dispatched with the kind of confidence you might more ordinarily expect from a much larger model. All of which means that on the test drive, your first impressions will probably be quite positive. True, the steering doesn't provide much feedback, but it's nicely weighted and pleasingly direct, complementing the fact that sudden changes of direction aren't as unwelcome here as they are in some high-sided affordable SUVs. That's mainly thanks to this car's new-tech 'Compact Modular Architecture' CMA platform, a world removed from the heavy, clunky underpinnings that previous compact Volvo models have had to lug about. I tried the 190hp diesel D4 which has a 2.0-litre Drive-E diesel unit putting out 400Nm of torque which helps with a potential braked towing capacity of 2.1-tonnes. The quoted performance stats are 7.9s and 130mph.
The obvious way to style this car would simply have been to merely shrink the themes established with Volvo's larger SUVs. That's usually what competitors do. But British XC40 designer Ian Kettle wanted this car to be different, which is why we've got this, a concept inspired by the small robots he used to watch in science fiction films. Curvy conformity is replaced by chunky cuteness with a 'transformer-like' vibe. Not everyone will like it - but then if everyone did, it wouldn't be such an interesting piece of design. Inside you get digital dials, a dose of Swedish minimalism and door cards made of a weird felt apparently fashioned from recycled drinks bottles. There are door bins bigger than any you'll have ever seen. And the designers have somehow crammed in the 9-inch portrait-style Sensus infotainment screen that's used in larger Volvo models, framing it with these unusual 'Star Wars'-style vertical vents. Interested yet? In the back, headroom's generous, but we're not so keen on the way that the angled style of the rear C-pillar might create something of a claustrophobic feel for younger folk; if you've children, take them along on the test drive to make sure they'll be happy here. Lift the tailgate and you access a cargo area rated at 460-litres. I liked the optional 'Convenience Pack' which can divide the space laterally to stop your shopping from sliding around. The hinges of the provided divider even stand proud of its top edge, giving you hooks from which you can hang shopping bags. Neat.
If you've looked at the various premium brand rivals targeted by this car, you'll have a pretty good idea of what to expect here when it comes to pricing. The XC40 range sits in the same £25,000 to £50,000 bracket targeted by competitors: in other words about £10,000 above similarly-sized 'Qashqai-class' family hatch-based SUVs from the volume makers. There are usually three main trim levels - 'Momentum', 'R-Design' and 'Inscription'. For this test, we opted for the 2.0-litre diesel unit - in this case in 190hp D4 guise, a variant which is only offered with AWD and an auto gearbox and is only available with the top two spec levels, hence the relatively high D4 asking prices which start from around £38,000. Our test car's sporty 'R-Design' trim incorporated gloss black styling details including a contrasting colour black roof, plus diamond-cut 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.
The 190bhp D4 AWD auto variant we tried manages combined fuel consumption of up to 44.8mpg and CO2 emissions from 167g/km (both WLTP figures). German rivals improve on that - but not by very much. For reference, in manual 2WD form, a 150hp D3 version of this car can manage WLTP readings of up to 52.3mpg and 143g/km of CO2. Of course, ultimate running figures aren't just about fuel figures and CO2 stats. Residual value returns are a major contributor to whole life costs and it's important to note that the XC40 fares extremely well in this regard. Residual value experts Cap Hpi reckon that after three years or 60,000 miles, a typical XC40 model would still be worth 43% of its original purchase price. Insurance groupings should be reasonably competitive by class standards. To give you an idea, a high specified D4 diesel variant like the one we tried attracts a group 30E rating. Maintenance should also be relatively affordable for a car of this kind, with intervals every year or 18,000 miles. Three or five year pre-paid servicing packages are available to help you budget ahead. With the useful 'Volvo On Call App' remote connectivity system, this XC40 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.
And in summary? Well most of the other cars in this segment are merely smaller versions of existing models and collectively offer much the same kind of confection served up in only slightly different ways. In selecting between them, your decision will probably come down to things like price and spec. In contrast, you'd choose an XC40 because you really wanted to - because it offered something you simply couldn't get elsewhere. Something.... a bit more unique when it comes to this class of car. If that's what you want, Volvo thinks it has a contender that'll interest you very much.
Volvo's compact XC40 SUV has delivered some new beginnings for the company. Jonathan Crouch drives it.
Volvo's XC40 is much more than just a smaller version of the brand's larger SUVs. It gets its own 'CMA' platform, a very distinct design to set itself apart and lots of potential for electrification. The result is a slightly unusual alternative to premium-branded compact SUVs like Audi's Q3 and the BMW X1.
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.
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 a Plug-in hybrid and a fully-electric version. If you want to fuel from the green pump, the range starts with the 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. This petrol engine also features in 180hp form mated to an 82hp electric motor in the Recharge T5 Twin Engine Plug-in hybrid model. 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). As for the 2.0-litre diesels, well things kick off with the 150hp D3, which comes with front or four wheel drive and manual or auto transmission. Or there's the 190hp D4, which comes in auto 4WD form only. 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.
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.
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.
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. If you go for the pokier 190hp D4 AWD auto variant, you'll be looking at up to 44.8mpg and 167g/km. 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.
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.
Mr Richard Saville - 06/08/2019, owner of a Volvo XC40 1.5 T3  Inscription 5dr Geartronic
User rating: 4.5/5
Mr Adam Fairclough - 29/08/2019, owner of a Volvo XC40 2.0 T5  R DESIGN Pro 5dr AWD Geartronic
User rating: 4.5/5
Mr David Donald - 07/08/2019, owner of a Volvo XC40 2.0 T4 Inscription 5dr AWD Geartronic
User rating: 5/5
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