Voted European and What Car’s car of the year in 2018, it should come as no surprise to you to hear that the Volvo XC40 is a superb motor. Unveiled in September 2017, the family SUV combines quality and style with comfort and safety. With a host of trims and added extras available to suit your motoring needs, the Volvo XC40 could be just what you’re looking for. But, how exactly do the individual models and trims differ? What extras are available and is the built-in tech enough to satisfy your James Bond ambitions? We’ll investigate all that and more in this complete guide to the Volvo XC40.

Does the Volvo XC40 Have AWD?

Yes. Depending on the engine you choose, the XC4O can come with all-wheel or front-wheel drive. There’s also the choice of manual or automatic.

For diesel engines, choose from:

  • 150hp D3 (choose between manual or automatic & front- or all-wheel-drive)
  • 190hp D4 (automatic & all-wheel drive)

For petrol engines, choose from:

  • 190hp T4 (automatic & all-wheel drive)
  • 247hp T5 (automatic & all-wheel drive)
  • 156hp T3 (front-wheel drive only

Is the Volvo XC40 available as a hybrid?

Yes. The XC40 has been available as a hybrid since its 2017 launch. With up to 28miles of pure electric range, the hybrid model is naturally more fuel-efficient than a standard car and the more miles you do using electricity, the less CO2 you emit. Volvo are on track for meeting their bold aim of being climate-neutral by 2025.

Is the Volvo XC40 Electric?

The XC40 Recharge is a fully electric model, offering a projected range of up to 208 miles. The fast charge capacity means you can recharge to 80% battery in just 40 minutes, making this the ideal electric car for urban driving. The Recharge model has twin electric motors, all-wheel drive and zero emissions. Volvo are miles ahead of the competition in the eco field and already offer a load of zero-emission engines with the aim for a full 50% of their range to be electric by 2025.

What is the interior of the Volvo XC40 like?

Volvo are known for their sleek, stylish, Scandi-inspired interiors and the XC40 is no exception. There are a number of innovative design touches that you won’t see anywhere else and the great quality portrait Sensus infotainment system, which was first seen in the XC90 model, feels slick and relatively intuitive to use (more on this later). The dashboard features patterned decoration foils which reflect light during the day and light up at night, giving the interior a fun and relaxed feel.

The car is pretty spacious with five seats and plenty of room in the back – so even adult passengers will happily travel long distance.

What are the different XC40 trim levels? 

The XC40 comes in a choice of three trims from Momentum to R-Design and Inscription. Regardless of spec, each model comes with a 187-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive as standard. For a few extra quid you can upgrade any of the trims to feature all-wheel-drive T5 powertrain with a 248-horsepower turbo-four engine.

Volvo XC40 Momentum

The Momentum is the most affordable option, but “basic” doesn’t provide an adequate description here. With the Momentum trim, you’ll get leather upholstery, automatic climate control, an eight-speaker premium stereo and an infotainment system with a 9-inch touch screen. The list could go on, in fact, it will:

  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth
  • Multiple USB ports
  • Satellite radio
  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Oncoming collision mitigation
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keep assist
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Adaptive LED headlights
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • A rear-view camera
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers.

There are also a fair few add-ons available such as panoramic sunroof, heated front seats and wheel, Pilot Assist advanced driver system, a surround-view parking camera system and lots more.

Volvo XC40 R-Design

The R-Design is the next model up in the series. It has all of the same standards and optional extras as the Momentum but features upgraded styling, sports suspension, a panoramic sunroof, Nubuck leather upholstery and an eight-way power-adjustable passenger seat.

Volvo XC40 Inscription

The top-of-the-range Inscription trim mirrors the standards and add-ons of the R-Design but elevates the luxury interior amenities to the next level.

Can I get the Volvo XC40 on Motability?

Yes. The Motability scheme offers drivers with additional needs worry-free mobility and Volvo are proudly on board. There’s the option for zero advance payment and included in the price is car insurance, breakdown cover, certain adaptations and more. For more information about how Motability could help you find your perfect car, head over to our dedicated page.

What technology does the Volvo XC40 have?

The Volvo XC40 has a wonderfully-modern and high-tech look thanks to the Sensus infotainment system. The system is fitted as standard across the range and features a 9-inch portrait-oriented screen in the centre of the dashboard which is home to most of the car’s controls. The infotainment system features Bluetooth and multiple car ports as well as navigation, wireless charging and stereo.

The display is clear, responsive and intuitive which is fortunate as you’ll have to operate key functions such as sat nav, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and vehicle settings from here. Underneath the screen are a select number of buttons which operate the essentials such as volume, heated windscreen and heated rear screen.

Additional extras include proximity keyless entry, a panoramic sunroof, automatic climate control and a universal garage door opener.

With the Volvo XC40 you get a lot of bang for your buck. This is a family SUV that veers away from being run-of-the-mill thanks to its stylish design, high-tech gadgets and sleek interior.

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