Specification includes Sensus Navigation, Intellisafe Assist with Adaptive Cruise Control, Speed Limiter and Lane Keeping Aid, Blind Spot Information System. Keyless Entry, Start and Drive, Harman Kardon Audio with Smartphone Integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Winter Pack with Heated Windscreen, Heated Steering Wheel, Heated Front and Rear Seats, Heated Windscreen Washers and Headlight Cleaning System. Auto Dimming Interior and Exterior Mirrors. Electronically Folding Rear Headrests, Tempa Spare Wheel, Storage Box under drivers Seat, Type 2, Mode 3 Charging Cable. Powered Tailgate Operation, Active Bending LED Headlights, Powered Drivers Seat with memory for seat and mirrors, Front and Rear Park Assist Sensors, Volvo On Call with App, DAB Radio, USB port, Bluetooth Telephone and Audio Streaming, Integrated Roof Rails, ISOFIX Child Seat Fixings and much more. Please call for further information and to arrange your viewing.
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This is the high end luxury Inscription model of the amazing Volvo XC40. The Denim Blue and Blond colourway looks fantastic and the huge list of fitted options are great too! Get in quick on this one!
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Front and rear electric windows, Rain sensor with automatic windscreen wiper activation, Rear wiper
Electronic parking brake with auto hold, Hill descent control, Hill start assist, Stability and Traction Control with Spin control, Engine Drag Control and Corner Traction Control, Vehicle deceleration control with Anti-lock Brake System, Electronic Brake Distribution and Emergency Brake Assist
Dynamic chassis, Electric front axle drive
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
Power operated tailgate
12.3" Active TFT crystal driver's instrument display, 9" centre console portrait touch screen, Low speed exterior sound speaker, Sensus navigation with European mapping and traffic information
Auto dimming interior mirror, Colour coordinated auto folding and heated power door mirrors
7m 10amp charge cable with 3 pin plug and 7m 1 phase 16amp type 2/mode 3 charge cable
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, Integrated roof rails in silver, Recharging port located in nearside front wing, Roof antenna, Roof spoiler, Visible VIN plate
Adaptive brake lights with high level LED brake lights, Automatic headlamp levelling, Home safe and approach lighting, LED Headlights + Active high beam incorporating daytime running lights
2 zone electronic climate control and rear air vent
12V socket in front tunnel console and cargo compartment, 3 Spoke tailored steering wheel with chrome trim, A-pillar parking ticket holder, Bright metal luggage threshold, Centre console cupholders and storage, Glovebox bag hook, Height/reach adjustable steering column, High gloss centre tunnel deco, Illuminated glovebox, Leather faced upholstery, Load protection net, Orrefors Crystal Gear Lever Knob, Rear armrest / integral cup holders / storage tray, Rear coat hook, Underfloor cargo storage
Front footwell illumination, Front reading light and theatre lighting, Illuminated luggage compartment
Park assist pack - XC40
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 versatile split folding rear seat, Front headrests, Height/tilt adjustable driver's seat, Isofix attachments on rear seats, Multi directional lumbar support, Power driver seat with memory + exterior mirrors memory
Anti-theft alarm including immobiliser/volume sensor + level sensor, Care key with user defined top speed, 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, Vanity mirror with ticket holder
|Alternative Fuel Qualifying:||True|
|Badge Engine CC:||1.5|
|Based On ID:||N|
|Coin Description:||T5 Recharge PHEV|
|Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07:||32E|
|Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years:||12|
|Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years:||3|
|NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %:||N|
|NCAP Child Occupant Protection %:||N|
|NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09:||N|
|NCAP Pedestrian Protection %:||N|
|NCAP Safety Assist %:||N|
|Service Interval Frequency - Months:||12|
|Service Interval Mileage:||18000|
|Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage:||60000|
|Standard manufacturers warranty - Years:||3|
|Vehicle Homologation Class:||M1|
|Battery Capacity in kWh:||10.7|
|Battery Charge Type 1 kW:||2.3|
|Battery Charge Type 1 Percentage:||0-100|
|Battery Charge Type 1 Time (Minutes):||300|
|Battery Charge Type 2 kW:||3.7|
|Battery Charge Type 2 Percentage:||0-100|
|Battery Charge Type 2 Time (Minutes):||180|
|Battery Charge Type 3 kW:||7|
|Battery Charge Type 3 Percentage:||0-100|
|Battery Charge Type 3 Time (Minutes):||180|
|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:||45|
|WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Max:||41|
|WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Min:||45|
|WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb:||28|
|WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Max:||25.6|
|WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Min:||28|
|Standard Euro Emissions:||EURO 6|
|WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb:||48|
|WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Max:||57|
|WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Min:||47|
|Engine Layout:||FRONT TRANSVERSE|
|Fuel Delivery:||TURBO DIRECT INJECTION|
|Number of Valves:||12|
|WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Max:||2.5|
|WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Min:||2.1|
|WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Max:||112.8|
|WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Min:||134.5|
|0 to 62 mph (secs):||7.3|
|Engine Power - BHP:||262|
|Engine Power - KW:||193|
|Engine Power - PS:||True|
|Engine Power - RPM:||5800|
|Engine Torque - LBS.FT:||195|
|Engine Torque - MKG:||27|
|Engine Torque - NM:||265|
|Engine Torque - RPM:||1500|
|Emissions Test Cycle:||WLTP|
|RDE Certification Level:||RDE 2|
|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|
|Height (including roof rails):||N|
|Width (including mirrors):||2034|
|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|
|No. of Seats:||5|
|Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb:||11.4|
Volvo's XC40 Recharge Plug-in hybrid is a pricey but very complete product, thinks Jonathan Crouch reports.
We've known for some time that future Volvo products will all be electrified. Going forward, the only decision buyers of the brand will really have to make is whether they want to plug their cars in or not. Those who want to attach to the mains will be opting for one of the company's range of 'Recharge' models - either a plug-in hybrid of a full-electric variant. This was the first of the 'Recharge' models to be launched, the XC40 Recharge T5 Plug-in hybrid.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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. 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.
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