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Technical Data
Transmission Manual
MPG Combined 45.6
CO2 144 g/km
Fuel Type Petrol
0 to 62 mph 9.4 sec
Standard Options
Alloy Wheels
Cruise Control

Ten Second Review

Volvo's XC40 is much more than just a smaller version of the brand's larger SUVs. It gets its own all-new 'CMA' platform and a very distinct design to set itself apart. The result is a slightly unusual alternative to premium-branded compact SUVs like Audi's Q3 and the Mercedes GLA.

Background

Volvo has taken its time in developing a contender for the industry's fastest-growing market segment, that for compact family hatchback-based SUVs. Unless you count the gussied-up V40 Cross Country model - which we don't - the Swedish brand has never had a car in this class. The XC40 puts that right. Under the skin lies a freshly developed 'Compact Modular Architecture' platform that Volvo has 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 Q2 and Q3 crossovers 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 a Plug-in hybrid and a fully-electric version. At the moment for buyers, there's mostly a choice of the Swedish brand's efficient 2.0-litre 'Drive-E' petrol and diesel units. If you want to fuel from the green pump, the range starts with the three cylnder 1.5-litre 156hp T3 variant, which is only offered with front wheel drive and a choice of either manual or auto transmission. Alternatively, there's a 2.0-litre 190hp T4 derivative, with the same engine offered in 247hp guise in the top T5 variant. Both these more powerful versions come only with auto transmission and 4WD. 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. 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 are likely to start at just over £25,000 and range up to just under £40,000. 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 Usership

The 150hp D3 variant most will choose offers combined fuel consumption of up to 58.9mpg on the combined cycle and CO2 emissions from around 127g/km - that's in front-driven manual form. If you go for the pokier 190hp D4 AWD auto variant, you'll be looking at 56.5mpg and 133g/km. The petrol-powered 156hp T3 offers combined fuel economy of up to 42.8mpg on the combined cycle and CO2 emissions from 152g/km. Go for the top 190hp AWD T5 auto derivative and you can expect the figures to be 39.8mpg and 166g/km. 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.

CO2 (g/km)
144
HC+NOx
Not Available
Particles
Not Available
Standard Euro Emissions
EURO 6
Camshaft
DOHC
Catalytic Convertor
Yes
CC
1477
Cylinder Layout
IN-LINE
Cylinders
3
Engine Layout
FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery
TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
Gears
6 SPEED
Number of Valves
12
Transmission
MANUAL
EC Combined (mpg)
45.6
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg)
52.3
EC Urban (mpg)
37.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
7.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
7.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max
8.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min
7.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max
6.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min
6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max
9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min
8.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max
7.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min
6.7
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
36.7
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
39.8
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max
33.6
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min
37.2
WLTP - MPG - High - Max
42.8
WLTP - MPG - High - Min
47.1
WLTP - MPG - Low - Max
31.4
WLTP - MPG - Low - Min
32.5
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max
38.2
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min
42.2
Badge Engine CC
1.5
Badge Power
156
Based On ID
Not Available
Coin Description
T3
Coin Series
R Design
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
22E
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
Safety Concerns?
Not Available
Special Edition
Not Available
Special Order
Not Available
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
3
Vehicle Homologation Class
M1
0 to 60 mph (secs)
Not Available
0 to 62 mph (secs)
9.4
Engine Power - BHP
156
Engine Power - KW
115
Engine Power - PS
Yes
Engine Power - RPM
5000
Engine Torque - LBS.FT
196
Engine Torque - MKG
27
Engine Torque - NM
265
Engine Torque - RPM
1850
Top Speed
124
Emissions Test Cycle
NEDC Correlated
Alloys?
Yes
Space Saver?
Not Available
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
Height
1658
Height (including roof rails)
Not Available
Length
4425
Wheelbase
2702
Width
1910
Width (including mirrors)
2034
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
54
Gross Vehicle Weight
2060
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
1336
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
586
Max. Loading Weight
563
Max. Roof Load
75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked
1600
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
750
Minimum Kerbweight
1497
No. of Seats
5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
11.4
Sports floor mats
Sports chassis
Cruise control
Rear Park assist
Auto folding door mirrors
Electric folding door mirrors
Sensus connect with high perfromance sound, USB, 8 Speakers/250W
Solid paint
Child proof door locks
Front and rear headrests
Keyless Start
18" 5 double spoke diamond cut/matt black alloy wheels
Tyre sealant kit + 12v compressor

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Transmission Automatic Manual Manual
Fuel Type Petrol/PlugIn Elec Hybrid Petrol Petrol
Seats 5 5 5
Doors 5 5 5
CO2 51 g/km 164 g/km 144 g/km
MPG 122.8 39.2 45.6
BHP 390 150 156
0 to 62 5.5 sec 9.7 sec 9.4 sec

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