The 2019 Volvo XC40 is a small crossover SUV that will come as a plug-in hybrid and a fully electric model. The vehicle is based on a new architecture (Compact Modular Architecture) that will allow a battery-electric powertrain. Volvo has confirmed that the electric XC40 will be its second full EV to be produced, following on from a hatchback. This signals that the company is heading in the right direction toward the electric world.
This performance is backed up by a solid choice of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, all 2.0-litre units. Initially, there will be a choice of just two engines.
However, there will be a 187bhp turbo-diesel in the D4 or 247bhp petrol in the T5. While the D4 is capable of 55.4mpg average fuel economy at the pumps and 133g/km emissions, the flagship T5 can cover the 0 to 60mph sprint in 6.5 seconds and has a 140mph top speed.
The T5 delivers a brisk and engaging experience if you need high-end performance. The petrol motor is predictably that bit more refined but you’ll likely save more if you opt for the D4 variant thanks to its superior emissions and economy credentials
Globally, the gasoline lineup will include the T3, which rated at 156 horsepower, the T4 that’s good for 190 horses, and the T5, rated at a healthy 247 horsepower. The base engine is available exclusively with front-wheel drive, while the T4 and T5 feature an AWD system and an automatic gearbox.
The Volvo XC40 gets a power driver seat, heated front seats, and heated windscreen. An optional Xenium package is available across the range and brings a powered tilt and slide panoramic glass sunroof, a 360-degree surround view parking camera system, and Park Assist Pilot, which includes automatic parallel and 90- degree parking.
Other options include wireless mobile phone charging, Smartphone Integration -– which includes Android Auto and Apple Car Play, a powerful sound system that combines 13 speakers, advanced sound-processing software, and an output of 1,200 watts.
From Volvo: Safety and driver assistance features on the XC40 include Volvo Cars’ Pilot Assist system, City Safety, Run-off-Road protection and mitigation, Cross Traffic alert with brake support and the 360° Camera that helps drivers maneuver their car into tight parking spaces.
Moving over to equipment, the base Momentum trim comes with LED headlamps and 18-inch alloy wheels in white and black. Options include white roof and mirror caps, as well as larger wheels, up to 21 inches in size. Opt for the R-Design model and you get gloss black front grille and lower bumper sections, black roof and door mirrors, dual integrated exhaust pipes, and 18-inch diamond-cut wheels. Move higher in the lineup and the Inscription trim adds chrome exterior highlights for a more luxurious look.
Finally, there’s a higher spec Pro package that adds active bending headlamps with adaptive shadow technology that blocks out part of the beam to avoid dazzling vehicles in front across the board. The R-Design Pro gets 20-inch alloy wheels, while Inscription Pro gets a bespoke set of 19-inch wheels.