Volvo XC40

The Volvo XC40 is a compact SUV with similar dimensions to the BMW X1 and Volkswagen Tiguan. Let’s make no bones about it the XC40 is an expensive car, but for your money you do get the European Car of the year for 2018, (following in the footsteps of the Peugeot 3008), a car that stands out from the crowd, a beautifully designed interior and as one journalist put it ‘as on-trend as a flat white from your favourite coffee vendor’ The look of the XC40 is best summed up by Matt Watson who said about the XC40: ‘it looks like a baby XC90 that’s come back from uni sporting a trendy haircut and some cool new threads’


Volvo have built their reputation on making comfortable and safe cars, the XC40 is both of these, all cars are fitted with City Safety autonomous emergency braking, which can detect vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists and even large animals. There are also systems to help keep the car on the road, and prevent it heading towards oncoming traffic. Every XC40 has Volvo On Call, a smartphone app and emergency assistance package that allows you to control some functions of the car remotely (like locking and unlocking), and can alert the emergency services if you’re involved in a crash. The standard front seats may not be quite as impressive as those fitted to larger Volvos (they offer a little less under-thigh support) but they’re still some of the best you’ll find in any family SUV. There’s a wide range of adjustment for tilt and height, plus four-way electric lumbar adjustment on all versions.


The XC40 has excellent head and leg room in the front but rear passengers, while enjoying excellent height, the seats are just not as comfortable or large as in the Tiguan.  The rear door openings are a little small too, hindering getting in and out and due to the sleek design, the window line kicks up towards the rear of the car which compromises the view out for small children. The boot is only 460 litres in size, the Tiguan offers 615 litres, but it is a nice rectangular shape and lifting items in is a breeze due to the wide opening and small lip.

All cars have cruise control, Drive mode settings (Comfort, Eco, Dynamic, Off-road and Individual), rear parking sensors, two zone climate control, automatic windscreen wipers, 12.3 inch active TFT configurable driver’s information display, LED headlights and a 9 inch touchscreen (or voice activated) infotainment system complete with built in sat nav. R-Design trim offers 18-inch alloy wheels and a sporty looking body kit. Inside, you get leather-Nubuck upholstery, mood lighting and pretty metal trim pieces. R-Design Pro adds heated windscreen, LED headlights, 20 inch double spoke wheels, heated front seats, power driver seat with memory. Inscription models feel very luxurious. They come with a full leather interior and also get Volvo’s driftwood trim pieces that look expensive, ambient lighting that offers a choice of colours, front parking sensors and power tailgate. Inscription Pro adds heated windscreen, LED headlights, 19 inch double Spoke wheels, heated front seats and a power passenger seat.


There are a few extras that you may wish to add: firstly the delightful infotainment system is fitted with access to some apps; Spotify, TuneIn, Google Local Search and Yelp, but to add Apple Car play/Android Auto you will have to pay £300. To add privacy glass it’s £300, heated steering wheel £175, heated rear seats £200, rear parking camera £375, front parking sensors £325 (standard on Inscription), wireless phone charging £175, power tailgate £375, keyless entry and start £350, Pilot Assist and adaptive cruise control comes in the intellisafe pro pack at £1500.


The XC40 is avaialble as a petrol or diesel car, as a 6 speed manual/Automatic T3 or 8 speed automatic T4. The 1.5 litre three cylinder T3 offers 161 bhp and only drives the front wheels. Performance is brisk, 62 miles per hour can be reached in 9.4 seconds with a top speed of 124 mph. Economy, on the other hand, is not astounding, with a claimed combined effort of 45.6 miles per gallon. The Automatic 2.0 litre T4 has an extra cylinder and pumps out 187bhp with an impressive 300nm of torque giving a 0-62 time of 8.4 seconds. Economy however is nothing better than an adequate 40.9 miles per gallon. The 148bhp 2.0-litre Diesel D3, available as a front wheel drive manual or automatic car, economy is up to 58.9 miles per gallon. The 4 wheel drive D4 is Automatic only and offers 187bhp with 400Nm of torque (0-62mph in 7.9 seconds) and can return a claimed 56.5 miles per gallon and a braked towing weight of 2100kg. In our opinion the XC40 is the best looking and most desirable compact SUV on the Scheme.

  • January the 1st 2020 gave us the sad news that metallic paint, previously a free upgrade, is now chargeable on the XC40. The only colour that is not chargeable is solid Black. Metallic’s are £575 and Premium Metallic (Crystal White and Bursting Blue) are £850.

The XC40 is being updated to MY21 (Model year 2021) with a range of new engines, trim lines and the dreaded packs. (Read more about model years here) The T4 is not presently avaialble on the Scheme.

The new B4 engine is a 48v mild hybrid (boo) attached to the old T4 engine, the hybrid will give an extra boost (assume this is what the B stands for) the horse power is increased by 7 to 197 but there is no increase in torque over the old engine or a decrease in the the 0-62 mph time (8.4 seconds). The Economy range increases from 33.6 – 36.7 mpg to 34.7 – 39.2 mpg in the B4 FWD. All XC40’s are now limited to 112 mph top speed.

The price of the basic B4 FWD in Momentum trim has increased from £31835 to £32635 over the old T4

The Brochure and price list is here:

Petrol Manual:

Price reduced from previous quarter price Winter Best Buy – Volvo XC40 R-Design T3 1.5 litre petrol 161 bhp front wheel drive Manual –  £799 Advance Payment (£68.35 +£5 wpms) or £1499 (£385 wpms) in R-Design Pro

Price reduced from previous quarter price Winter Best Buy – Volvo XC40 Inscription T3 1.5 litre petrol 161 bhp front wheel drive Manual –  £1099 Advance Payment (£305 wpms) or £1699 (£385 wpms) in Inscription Pro

Petrol Automatic:

Winter Best Buy – Volvo XC40 R-Design T3 1.5 litre petrol 161 bhp front wheel drive Automatic –  £1299 Advance Payment (£185 wpms) or £1499 (£385 wpms) in Inscription Trim (or £1899 in Inscription Pro)

Diesel Manual:

Winter Best Buy – Volvo XC40 Inscription Pro D3 2.0 litre Diesel 148 bhp front wheel drive Manual –  £2999 Advance Payment (£1885 wpms)

Automatic Diesel:

Winter Best Buy – Volvo XC40 R-Design D4 2.0 litre Diesel 187 bhp 4 wheel drive Automatic –  £3599 Advance Payment (£2485 wpms)

Winter Best Buy – Volvo XC40 Inscription Pro D3 2.0 litre Diesel 148 bhp front wheel drive Automtic –  £3749 Advance Payment (£2635 wpms)