Updated Volvo XC40 range announced

The Volvo XC40 compact SUV has been updated with a revised engine, plus more customisation and drivetrain options

Volvo has updated its XC40 range with a revised entry-level engine, new drivetrain options,  an improved standard specification and a suite of fresh customisation options. The changes are available to order now, with prices climbing a few hundred pounds to £28,965. First deliveries expected in early 2020.

The XC40’s turbocharged 1.5-litre three-cylinder T3 petrol engine has received attention, and Volvo is offering the unit with an eight-speed automatic for the first time. Power has increased from 154bhp to 161bhp, which drops the manual-equipped version’s 0–62mph time from 9.4 to 9.3 seconds. The automatic version offers a time of 9.6 seconds.

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Economy has improved, with the new XC40 T3 manual returning figures between 37.2mpg and 41.5mpg, against figures of 36.7mpg and 39.8mpg for the outgoing version. CO2 emissions have also reduced, now ranging between 142g/km and 146g/km compared to the previous 144g/km and 148g/km.

In addition, Volvo now offers its 2.0-litre four-cylinder T4 petrol engine with front-wheel-drive. The new drivetrain shaves 0.1 seconds off the four-wheel-drive model’s 0–62mph sprint (with a time of 8.4 seconds) and offers economy figures between 33.6mpg and 36.7mpg. The front-wheel-drive T4 is priced £1,400 lower than the equivalent all-wheel-drive version.

Volvo has also improved the XC40’s specification with the addition of automatically folding door mirrors, a 12V power outlet for the boot, a locking glove box and a luggage net. The updates add to the old model’s standard equipment, which includes 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic LED headlights, dual-zone climate control and a nine-inch infotainment system.

The XC40’s options list has grown, too. A new Winter Plus pack adds a heated steering wheel and heated rear seats over and above the existing Winter pack. Three new paint colours, Thunder Grey, Glacier Silver and Pebble Grey, have been added to the XC40’s palette.

Not a car ever lacking in safety tech, Volvo has further improved the XC40’s accident avoidance systems. An upgraded Blind Spot Information system with Steer Assist function is a new optional extra: in addition to warning the driver if they veer off course, the system can steer the car back into its lane, too.

In the near future, Volvo plans to expand the XC40 range further with the introduction of its T5 Twin Engine plug-in-hybrid powertrain. UK deliveries of this model are pegged to start in early 2020, with further information expected in the coming months.

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