Volvo XC40 (2018–)

Model History

November 2017

Volvo XC40 launched

The XC40 is Volvo's first premium compact SUV. Designed primarily for the city, it features much of the advanced connectivity, entertainment and safety technology from Volvo's newest 60- and 90 series cars, the XC60, S90, V90 and XC90. It is also powered by Volvo's efficient Drive-E engines, and is offered with front- or all-wheel drive, and with manual and automatic gearboxes.

Three petrol and two diesel engines will initially be available, with power ranging from 150 to 250PS. All these engines are 2.0-litre, four-cylinder units: there are 156PS T3, 190 hp T4 and 247PS T5 petrols, and 150PS D3 and 190PS D4 diesels.

The T3 is available exclusively with front-wheel drive, while the D3 is offered in front- or all-wheel-drive form. The T4, T5 and D4 come with all-wheel drive and an automatic gearbox. An automatic gearbox is also available on D3 versions. Full technical details of these engines will be released at a later date. Other powertrains will be offered later in the XC40's lifecycle.

4425 mm long x 2034 mm (inc. mirrors) x 1658mm high on a 2702mm wheelbase.

Volvo XC40 wheel and tyre sizes:

18-inch alloy wheels with 235/60 R18 tyres

19-inch alloy wheels with 235/50 R19 tyres

20-inch alloy wheels with 245/45 R20 tyres

February 2018

New T3 1.5-litre engine introduced

The all-new 1.5-litre, three-cylinder, direct-injection petrol engine was developed in-house using the same modular design as Volvo's four-cylinder Drive-E engines. The three-cylinder powertrain (badged T3) comes with a six-speed manual transmission. An optional eight-speed automatic transmission follows.

Volvo's current D3 150 hp diesel and T4 190 hp petrol engines are also added to broaden the XC40 engine offer.

XC40 customers now also have more choice in trim levels, including entry-level Momentum and dynamic R-Design versions, plus the luxurious new Inscription trim level.

Inscription trim offers exterior styling choices with 18-inch, 19-inch, 20-inch or 21-inch wheels, unique skid plates, side window and grille mesh chrome, plus model-specific paint colours. Inside, Inscription adds a newly designed crystal gear knob (on versions with an automatic transmission) and the attractive Driftwood deco inlays, which Volvo introduced in its award-winning XC60 mid-size SUV.

XC40 customers can further express themselves with accessories such as the new exterior styling kit that offers brushed stainless steel skid plates, lower door trim mouldings and integrated dual tailpipes, and the new accessory roof spoiler.

Engine and powertrain line-up now reads (mpg and CO2 on 18-inch wheels with 235/60 R18 tyres):

T3 1,477cc 3-cylinder 156HP/265Nm 6-speed manual, 2WD, 45.6mpg, 144g/km, from £27,610

T3 1,477cc 3-cylinder 156HP/265Nm 8-speed automatic, 2WD, TBA mpg, TBAg/km, from £TBA

T4 1,969cc 4-cyinder 190HP/300Nm 8-speed automatic, 4WD, 40.9mpg, 161g/km, from £32,070

D3 1,969cc 4-cyinder 150HP/320Nm 6-speed manual, 2WD, 58.9mpg, 127g/km, from £29,010

D3 1,969cc 4-cyinder 150HP/320Nm 8-speed automatic, 2WD, 56.5mpg, 131g/km, from £30,870

D3 1,969cc 4-cyinder 150HP/320Nm 8-speed automatic, 4WD, 52.3mpg, 141g/km, from £32,270

D4 1,969cc 4-cyinder 190HP/400Nm 8-speed automatic, 4WD, 56.5mpg, 133g/km, from £36,870

T5 1,969cc 4-cyinder 247HP/350Nm 8-speed automatic, 4WD, 39.8mpg, 164g/km, from £35,420

Momentum, R-Design and Inscription now offered with with an optional 'Pro' upgrade.

September 2018

Volvo XC40 D4 voted Best Towcar in 1,350-1,500kg caravan weight category in Caravan and Motorhome Club Towcar of the Year 2019 Competition.

July 2019

Upgrades to Volvo XC40 announced

The 1.5-litre three-cylinder T3 petrol engine, introduced last summer, gets a small increase in power, from 156HP to 163HP. It is also now available with the option of an eight-speed automatic transmission in addition to the existing six-speed manual gearbox. The manual's 0-62mph time is cut to 9.3 seconds, while the automatic takes 9.6 seconds. Efficiency is also improved, with WLTP combined fuel economy of between 37.2 and 41.5mpg for the T3 manual. The manual car's CO 2 emissions are also lower, ranging from 142 to 146g/km.

The 2.0-litre four-cylinder T4 petrol engine is now available with two-wheel drive, as well as four-wheel drive. The front-drive T4 goes 0-62mph in 8.4 seconds while its combined fuel economy ranges from 33.6 to 36.7mpg. The T4 2WD is priced £1,400 below the equivalent 4WD version.

All XC40 automatics now come as standard with paddle shifts mounted on the steering wheel, giving the driver a more connected and engaging driving experience.

Equipment changes include the addition of auto-folding door mirrors, a 12v power outlet in the luggage compartment, a locking glovebox and a load protection net.

For added comfort in cold weather, there is a new Winter Plus pack option, which adds a heated steering wheel and heated rear seats to the contents of the established Winter pack (heated front seats, a heated windscreen, headlight cleaning system and heated washer nozzles).

Volvo is introducing an upgraded Blind Spot Information System option with a new Steer Assist function to the XC40 range. This automatically applies corrective steering to return the XC40 to its lane to help avoid the risk of collision with another vehicle in the driver's blind spot.

To complete the updates to the XC40 range, there are three new exterior paint finishes to choose from: Thunder Grey, Glacier Silver and Pebble Grey.

The updated XC40 is available to order, with on-the-road prices from £28,965.

August 2019

Volvo announced installation of Vodafone data SIM car in all 2020MY Volvos. Allows car and occupants to be fully connected, with a WiFi hotspot, access to apps, real-time traffic information and safety alerts. Access to up to 100GB of data, independent of the user's own SIM-enabled devices. Operation is seamless across 42 European countries and territories. Available for up to 12 months for no extra charge on top of the car's initial purchase price, after which customer has the option to extend the agreement and continue to use the service by way of purchasing a data plan from Vodafone. SIM card available on all Model Year 2020 Volvo models, with a simple retro-fit option for cars already purchased.

September 2019

Volvo XC40 voted Towcar of the Year in Caravan and Motorhome Club Towcar of the Year 2020 Competition. XC40 D4 also Best Towcar in the 1,400-1,500kg caravan weight category

October 2019

Volvo XC40 Recharge revealed

Electric Volvo XC40 will have a range of 249 miles. More here.

What does a Volvo XC40 (2018) cost?

List Price from £25,295
Buy new from £23,245
Contract hire from £270.65 per month