Volvo XC40 Review

Volvo XC40

The Volvo XC40 range...

List Price

£36,695 - £61,855

Acceleration (0-62mph)

4.9 - 8.6 seconds

Top speed

99 - 112 mph

Engine Power

163 - 408 bhp

CO2 Emissions

0 - 153 g/km

Fuel Economy (Combined)

42.1 - 42.1 mpg

Prices & Specification

Great quality interior; stylish good looks; impressive safety technology


Unexciting to drive; diesel engine can be noisy; rear visibility not great

The Volvo XC40 is Volvo's smallest SUV, which is a worthy rival to the Audi Q3 or the Mercedes GLA. It is not particularly exciting to drive, but is sturdy, good looking and safe and makes a great family car, capable of going off road but happier on something less rugged.


Although there are more to come, we are told, in 2018, there are currently just two engines from which to choose when buying the latest Volvo XC40. The two litre T5 is the petrol option - it offers a powerful 247 PS and can accelerate from 0 - 62 mph in just 6.5 seconds, and can reach a top speed of 140 mph. Joining it in a matter of months, however, will be the T3 (front, or all-wheel drive) and T4(all wheel drive only) versions. The diesel version initially available in the UK is the D4 – a 2.0 litre turbodiesel, which can accelerate from 0-62 mph in 7.9 seconds and has 190 hp. As with its petrol counterparts, this will be closely followed by the D3, which will be offered as a manual or automatic and with front or all-wheel drive. Plug-in hybrid and fully electric XC40s will also be included in the range at a later date.


The Volvo XC40 is comfortable to ride in although the smaller alloys are probably preferable for people who want to be shielded as much as possible from the lumps and bumps in the road. It's fine at speed, but when driving more slowly in town the uneven surfaces are more noticeable. There is little in the way of road and wind noise, although the diesel engine makes itself heard from time to time. This SUV feels solid and stable and is reassuringly competent both on bendy roads and motorways. It has great grip and steering is precise and well weighted.


The Volvo XC40 is a good looking vehicle and something of a head-turner. The bonnet is flat rather than curved, the rear windows sweep upwards and there is a striking crease along the length of the body. It is undeniably stylish and its distinctive 'Thor's Hammer' headlights and upright grille make it instantly recognisable as a new member of the Volvo family.


The XC40's good looks continue into the interior, where every feature and fabric is upmarket, solid and stylish and finished to a very high standard. The driver benefits from an elevated driving position, although the angle of the rear windows compromises over the shoulder visibility; the rear parking sensors, that come as standard across the range, ensure that this is not too much of a problem however. The front seats are comfortable, with a wide range of lumbar adjustment. A large touchscreen sits in the centre of the uncluttered dashboard, doing away with a number of buttons and switches which might normally be expected up front. This is a mixed blessing – whilst less buttons to fiddle with is a good thing, the various finger manoeuvres needed to navigate the touchscreen is an acquired taste and could be seen to be an unwelcome distraction while driving.


There are three trim levels, each of which has the option of an upgrade to a Pro version. So we have Momentum/Momentum Pro; R-Design/R-Design Pro; and Inscription/Inscription Pro. It probably goes without saying that this car is well equipped throughout the range so even at entry level the buyer will not feel short changed. Dual zone climate control, LED headlights with optional active high beam, rear parking sensors, 18 inch alloys, 12.3 inch touchscreen are all in there from the start. R-Design adds some nice sporty styling, including some gloss black details and part-leather seats.  At the top of the range, the Inscription has an electric tailgate, a crystal class gear lever, full leather upholstery and some nifty wood detailing.


The Volvo XC40 is made with safety in mind and comes with some pretty impressive technology. It has not yet had its Euro NCAP testing, but the chances of it coming out with anything less than five stars are minimal.

Standard across the range is automatic emergency city braking which recognises not only other cars but also cyclists, pedestrians and large animals. Also, in every car, is an app - Volvo On Call -which not only allows you to remotely control some of the cars functions but will also alert emergency services if you are involved in an accident. Blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert are also available as part of an optional pack.

Buying & Owning4/5

The XC40 comes with an unexceptional 60,000 mile, three year warranty, a three year paintwork warranty and a twelve year cover against rust. It is competitively priced and claims good fuel efficiency. The most economical choice is the D4 Turbodiesel which claims 56.5 mpg; the petrol T3, with a claimed 39.8 mpg, is rather costlier. The D4 also appears to be the cleanest, with emissions of 131g/km. When released, the petrol hybrid and the pure-electric versions will, of course, boost the XC40's eco profile.

The XC40 should maintain strong resale values, and the cost of owning it should not be prohibitive.

Reviewed by cars2buy